Following his strong sixth place finish in Finland two weeks ago, Xavier Pons has set his sights on once again getting in the top eight this coming weekend on the Rallye Deutschland.

The Spaniard was pretty impressive on his debut outing with the Subaru WRT and while he knows it will be critical to get to the finish and get as much mileage as possible with the Impreza WRC2007 on asphalt, he is still keen to try and get some points.

"It is important for me to finish my first rally for Subaru on asphalt," he confirmed, "but for sure I am hoping for a top eight finish too - and to some points again."

Pons competed on the Rallye Deutschland for the first time in 2004, while he was ninth in 2005 and 14th in 2006, while competing with the Kronos Citroen WRT.

Although he likes the event, he isn't underestimating it: "I like Germany as a rally but it is certainly not easy. It's made more difficult because of the weather which is very unpredictable and can change very quickly," he explained.

"Sometimes it is raining, sometimes it is sunny and it makes it very hard to choose the right tyre. Also, it can be dry in service but by the time you get to stage it can have changed again.

"You need to make a good strategic decision with tyres to have any chance, so we are reliant on the information from the team and gravel crews. There are not a lot of long corners; instead it's very short and fast which is great for us and is fun to watch," he summed-up.