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Novikov targets Greek top five

21 May 2012

Evgeny Novikov says he is aiming to secure a top five finish from the next round of the World Rally Championship in Greece this weekend.

The M-Sport driver heads into the event sitting fifth in the championship standings having scored his fourth top ten of the season in Argentina.

The Russian will be competing in the Acropolis Rally for the fourth time and he said his focus was firmly on breaking back into the top five on the stages after finishing eighth last time out in South America

“The Acropolis Rally is one of my favourite rallies,” he said. “It is really challenging and you have to be on the maximum with speed and concentration. The roads are really rough and can be quite hard on the car so you have to know when you can push and when you can't.

“I have competed here three times before, but the earlier date this year means that the roads may be much rougher than they have been in the past. We will have to wait and see what to expect.

“This will be my first time back in the car since Argentina as we will have no pre-event testing, but for sure we will be looking to do our best for another top-five finish.”

Team-mate Ott Tanak meanwhile will aim to replicate the kind of form that saw him take fifth in Mexico back in March after struggling in the last two events in Portugal and Argentina.

“This is a really nice event,” he said. “I competed in Greece last year and most of the roads are ok, but some of them can be really rough and you have to be careful and make sure your pacenotes are really detailed. With the earlier date for this year's event, it is hard to know exactly what to expect – but I am looking forward to getting back in the car.

“The last few events have not been too good for us and this event will be all about making it to the end and getting some good points on the board. I'm constantly working on my training, and hopefully this event will see me regain my pace and my confidence behind the wheel.”


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