Conrad Rautenbach is aiming for a top-eight result on the Rally Norway this coming weekend, despite having only done one World Rally Championship event on snow before.
The Zimbabwean made a strong start on the season opener in Ireland and was running fifth until a mistake on day two in the first test, when he went off the road and ended up in a ditch.
Despite that disappointment though and only finishing 18th overall, he reckoned his form on the first leg was a 'good omen for the rest of the season' and he will now want to try and prove that is the case.
“That [the error in Ireland] is all behind us now,” he stated in the countdown to the second round in the WRC
“We were able to regain our confidence with the car on the final day and work on the set-up. I'm really keen to get to Norway now.”
Conrad made his debut on snow last season in Sweden and while he had some issues he did make it to the finish, eventually coming home in 16th. Now he wants to make the most of that experience.
“Norway should be a more straightforward rally for us and we've got some testing planned prior to the start. I'm going to be driving for two days in the test just to get used to competing on snow,” he added.
“I've not got a lot of experience on this surface but I've still got a good feeling in these conditions.
“Our goal is to score points. If we can keep up the same pace as we had on the first day of Rally Ireland, when we were in the top five, we should be well-placed to score a good result at the finish.”