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PWRC: Aigner: I have to attack.

Andreas Aigner has said that he will just go for it on the Rally GB this weekend as he bids to try and overhaul Juho Hanninen and win the 2008 P-WRC crown.

Aigner arrives for what is the eighth and final round in this year's Production Car World Rally Championship six points adrift and he is more than aware that he is on the backfoot.

Indeed he will have to at least finish on the rostrum in Wales if he is to stand any chance of beating his Finnish rival.

"There's nothing left to do for me but to go on an all-out attack from the very start," said Andreas in the countdown to this weekend's event. "I'm probably going to need a bit of luck as well and when you put on the heat the risk is much increased. But as long as Hanninen is running there'll be no tactics this time.

"Of course I'm at a disadvantage with Hanninen because he has a six-point lead and I haven't competed in a rally for quite a long time - whereas he's match fit.

"This could be seen in Japan recently, where he was way back in the early stages, but then clinched the win after all. That's how he got into this very good starting position of his."

Red Bull Rallye Team boss Raimund Baumschlager concurs that the situation isn't exactly ideal for them.

"Unfortunately, we're faced with exactly the situation we feared - Hanninen is coming to Wales with a lead. Now the pressure is squarely upon us," he continued.

"We've taken every step possible in the run-up - we even squeezed in two days of testing at short notice - to be best-prepared for the fight. But the task ahead is a very tough one."

Bernardo Sousa meanwhile will be in action in the sister Evo IX having recovered well from surgery on his shoulder: "We mustn't expect too much from Bernardo this time out. After all, it has been a very long break. His only guideline is to drive another steady rally," Baumschlager summed-up.


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