Citroen C2 Super 1600 drivers' - Kris Meeke and Daniel Sordo will both be in action this weekend on the Rallye Deutschland. Sordo currently lies joint second in the Junior World Rally Championship, while Meeke is fifth, however both have an event in hand over Suzuki duo, Guy Wilks and Per-Gunnar Andersson.

Here they look ahead to this weekend's event in Germany - round six of the Junior WRC...

Q:
Kris, first up, how do you analyse your performance in Finland?

Kris Meeke:
It was a very frustrating event for me! Everyone makes a point of getting it right and I made a mistake. On the Friday, we proved that the car was very competitive and that we were quick. Unfortunately, I got the note for one particular corner wrong during recce. My speed and corner angle were correct, but not the line. Going off was tough, both for the team and for us. I was in the lead and my mistake probably cost me victory. But I intend to learn from the incident, especially concerning my note taking. The positive thing is that the C2 is competitive and was the car to beat in Finland.

Q:
You took part in asphalt testing with the C2 Super 1600. How do you find the car going into the Deutschland Rally?

KM:
I spent two days testing in Alsace two weeks before Finland. Everything went well and we were able to test a number of evolutions, mainly concerning to the shock absorbers. We also worked on the set-up and, at the end of the session, I felt very confident with the C2 which is very easy to drive.

Q:
Have you ever competed in the Deutschland Rally and what has your mentor Colin McRae told you about it?

KM:
This will be my first time actually competing in the Deutschland Rally, although I did the recce two years ago and that gave me a bit of an idea. My co-driver Glenn did the event last year. Colin says it's a rally with numerous changes of grip and that the weather conditions can cause havoc.
It's also technically challenging with stages that can be very dirty. I just mustn't make any mistakes. I feel confident in the car and the team. I will just have to work hard, notably during recce, so as to reduce the risk of error.

Q:
Daniel, you were a loose surface novice at the start of the season, yet you now have two JWRC wins on gravel under your belt... on events that were both new to you. How do you explain your success?

Daniel Sordo:
It's a combination of things. Above all, I feel comfortable with the C2 whatever the surface. The car is agile, efficient, responsive and competitive, and I try to push it as far as I can both in testing and on events. There is also my relationship with Marc [Marti - my co-driver]. He has brought his considerable experience to the table and knows when I need to be calmed down. Finally, I have to thank everyone in Alexis Avril's Customer Competition team and at Team Kronos Racing for all the work they put in both before and after events.

Q:
You competed in the Deutschland Rally for the first time last year when you finished fifth in Group N, scoring one fastest stage time. What do you remember of that experience?

DS:
Carlos [Sainz - my mentor] and Marc say Germany is quite a special event but they don't really like it. The event has three different types of asphalt and the weather is very changeable, which makes it an awesome prospect for competitors. Personally, I enjoyed it last year driving a four-wheel drive Group N car. The C2 will clearly call for a different approach. If the going is slippery, then it could be quite tricky. When grip is at a premium like that, a two-wheel drive car is obviously more delicate to drive! I will need to be on my guard, especially when braking and in places where the surface changes.

Q:
The event marks the Junior championship's return to asphalt. You have good experience of this type of surface. What sort of result are you looking for and what will your tactics be to achieve that objective?

DS:
My objective is to finish on the podium if possible. For that, it will be necessary to keep up a good pace without making any mistakes. As I say, the weather could make life difficult for us. I will begin day one at my own pace and then adapt depending on how I stand.

 

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