Adam Gould will hope to impress in the 2009 MSA British Rally Championship after winning the Pirelli Star drive for the coming season. Radio's Matt Salisbury spoke to Adam to ask about his hopes for the year ahead...
Adam, 2008 was obviously very successful for you...

Adam Gould:
Yeah, it was an absolutely brilliant year for me. Throughout the season we had three wins during the championship and winning the Pirelli Star Driver shoot-out at the end was the icing on the cake for me. It was all a bit lucky in a way, and before the first event of 2008, with one week to go, we were sitting there with no deal. Then Richard Asquith at Autosport Technology came along and offered me the drive in the Clio. It was a great package all year and it didn't let us down. This has enabled us to win this prize drive now for 2009 and hopefully it is going to be a great year.
How challenging was the Pirelli Star Driver shoot-out itself?

Everyone there needed in a way to win and needed the funding for next year. It was really, really tough. The format was quite similar to the Fiesta shoot-out I had won the year before and that was good practice. I had gone to the international Pirelli shoot-out in Austria the month before too and so I knew what I was up against. I had been training hard all year and working on my fitness and driving. I did a four-wheel drive test the week before the shoot-out and I thought I was quite well prepared for it and it obviously paid off.
The car you will drive this year in the BRC has been unveiled here at the Autosport show. You will use a Subaru Impreza as opposed to the Mitsubishi Lancer used by last year's Pirelli winner, Darren Gass. Have you had a chance yet to drive it?

No, not at all. The only four-wheel drive car I have driven really is the N11 that Mark [Higgins] has been driving this year and which was used in the shoot-out. I haven't driven the N14 at all and it was just unveiled yesterday [Thursday] at the show. It looks fantastic and I can't wait to get in it and start testing.
How big a step up for you is it to go from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive? Is it a switch you will be able to make quite easily?

It is going to be difficult to be on the pace straight away. It is not so much the transition it is what you are up against. These guys in the British championship - Mark Higgins, David Higgins, have been doing it a long time and they have got a lot of great experience of the cars and the events. I am sure I will hopefully adapt to the car quite quickly. But to get on the same pace might take a little while.
What is your main aim for the season ahead?

Now that I have a drive in a car that is potentially capable of winning the championship that is what I have got to aim towards and that is what I have to go for. It is a tough, tough challenge ahead and we will see how it goes after the first round. But that has got to be my aim going into the season.




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