Mitsubishi team leader, Harri Rovanpera is expecting a tough time in Germany this weekend.

The Finn has only contested the event once - when it first appeared in the FIA World Rally Championship back in 2002. It was also a rather unsuccessful outing too and he struggled with differential problems before being forced out when he lost the rear wing, lost downforce and the back end of the car hit a gate and broke the suspension.

"For sure this is not going to be such an easy rally for us because my only experience three years ago was full of problems," explained Harri.

"The stages in the vineyards are difficult with too many junctions and the military roads at Baumholder are very fast, bumpy and can be dangerous. The stages in the Saarland region are better but in general the rally is difficult. Okay, it's important to have the right set-up, but the weather and tyres are also key factors on this event.

"During our test it was raining a lot, so maybe the work we did could be perfect for Germany! I don't really have too much experience with the Pirelli tyres on tarmac either, but we will see."

Rovanpera's team-mate, Gigi Galli also believes that the event will be difficult. The Italian has marginally more experience of the conditions than Rovanpera, but his results have been disappointing too - in 2002 Galli was forced to withdraw after losing too much time with brake problems, and last year he was forced out after an accident in a Group N Lancer Evolution.

"I'm sorry to say this is not my favourite event," added Galli. "I find the roads tricky, very bumpy and narrow and if you have an accident it will probably be a big one - like ours in Baumholder last year. The weather in this region is inconsistent, which also makes it a very difficult rally. This is another very particular event in the calendar and we will only know what progress we have made on tarmac once we are there and competing."

 

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