TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL WITH URMO AAVA: CLICK HERE
Stobart Ford's Urmo Aava is looking for a trouble-free outing in Norway this weekend and he is keen to deliver after showing so much potential on the season opener two weeks ago.
Aava ran fantastically in Ireland and while a mistake in the final stage on day one cost him dear, he still made his mark, leading a World Rally Championship event for the very first time.
Indeed in the end he posted some notable times, especially as it was his maiden outing in his M-Sport-run Ford Focus RS WRC and now he will want to repeat that kind of form in Hamar.
“I am really looking forward to this event because snow is much more familiar for me,” he told Crash.net Radio
in an exclusive interview prior to the event. “I really can't wait.
“I have heard that there is a lot of snow and it will be a lot of fun driving in Norway. We really want to finish this rally without any trouble.
“Also I think it is important to set some very good times and be as high in the final classification as possible. I think if we are in the top-four that would be really fantastic.
“I just hope in Norway we have better luck because what happened in Ireland was just very, very unlucky. The little mistake we did cost us - and led to so much trouble.”
Despite only finishing tenth in Ireland though, Urmo felt it wasn't all bad: “Of course the plan was to stay on the road but we went off and lost a lot of time,” he added. “It was a little bit disappointing for us and the team. But anyhow we had some good emotions too from the Friday and leading the rally after three stages. Also at least we collected three manufacturers' points for the Stobart squad, which was also very important.”
As for the future, he concedes he doesn't know what event he will be out on next with the Blue Oval's 'B' team - although he is pencilled in to do eight rounds this year and it is clear he has plan for '09 as a whole.
“I don't know yet [what event I will do after Norway]. We will see. At the moment I cannot say. The overall aim [for the season though] is to maybe get some podiums and develop our speed to really be at the absolute top level in world rallying,” he summed-up.TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL WITH URMO AAVA: CLICK HERE