Peugeot team leader, Marcus Gronholm has predicted that they face a tough test this weekend in Germany.

Although Gronholm managed to take his first win of the year three weeks ago on his home event, the Rallye Deutschland is a very different test and unlike in Finland, is on asphalt not gravel. Speaking prior to the event, Gronholm added that the one thing that could help them is rain.

"I sincerely believe it will be difficult to go for victory in Germany," confirmed Marcus. "The terrain will be less favourable to us. If it rains, however, the contest could become a little more open."

Gronholm's co-driver, Timo Rautiainen echoed those thoughts although he took comfort from their form in 2002 and 2003, when they finish on the podium on both occasions.

"It would really take favourable circumstances for us to succeed in winning on asphalt this year," added Timo. "That said though, the Deutschland Rally and its three very different types of terrain - the Mosel Valley vineyards, the Baumholder military ranges and the twisty Saarland stages - is very different, very specific. We have often been competitive there and a good result is possible, especially if the weather is poor since this would suit our Pirelli tyres better."

 

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