The Red Bull Skoda team have confirmed that they are all set-up for their debut in the WRC, when they take the start on the Rallye Monte Carlo this Friday, the opening round in the 2006 championship.

Baumschlager Rally and Racing, who will run the programme for Red Bull, completed a three-day test near Le Moulins in the Maritime Alps of Southern France Sunday, Gilles Panizzi covering more than 300 kilometres during his two days at the wheel of the Fabia WRC, while Andreas Aigner did around 200 kilometres during his one-day test.

Chief engineer Dietmar Metrich was able to give a positive summary and both team representatives, Armin Schwarz and Raimund Baumschlager were also delighted by the way the test session went.

"We not only completed our test schedule in the intended time frame but were also able to shake down all systems without any problem," explained Metrich. "Hence we are all set up for the start in Monte Carlo."

Aigner meanwhile, who completed a day of testing in the Czech Republic back in December, was also enthusiastic.

"We tried different set-ups and tested various tyre compounds. I learned quite a lot, it was a perfect test session," he added. "That's why I can hardly wait for the rally to start, although it is going to be tough."



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