Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally team:

[Matthew Wilson, car #7 and Jari-Matti Latvala, car #8 and Henning Solberg, car #16 and Barry Clark, car #15]

Matthew Wilson:

"We had a few stages in Spain where I was under one second per kilometre off the leader so that's a very positive feeling to take to Corsica next week. I like the stages as the grip is good on the abrasive roads and with a more relaxed recce period than other events, it allows me more time to look over the video and prepare for the rally. I find it beneficial to have two events very close together; we finished off well in Spain, with a good setup and confidence, and that means we will start in Corsica with this fresh in my mind. The weather as always can be very unpredictable on the island but if it stays dry I'm confident we can finish with a points result."

Jari-Matti Latvala:

"I am really looking forward to Corsica now after the improvements we made in Spain. I love the Corsica stages as they are more abrasive and the grip is good and it gives you a good feeling to be able to push on harder. I finished fourth here last year and won Group N a few years ago so I'm hoping for a good result again. I think my confidence will be better as I know I can push harder on the stages; there are not so many cuts, less gravel pulled out onto the road and they flow quite well when you get into a good rhythm. I found a good setting in Spain but most of all I learnt a lot about the Pirelli tyres and now I know how much I can push them and that I need to be really precise with them. That's what helped me to get better times in Spain."

Henning Solberg:

"Spain last week was a good learning event for us and we managed to find a setting that I was happy with after my engineer helped with some new differential settings. I drove a strong event remembering that I needed to learn as much as possible from Spain and now I am in a stronger position for Corsica. The more abrasive stages here will help me and I'm confident the feeling with the car will be improved."

Barry Clark:

"This is going to be a seriously tough rally but I'm really looking forward to the challenge. Corsica is different from other tarmac events because there is just corner after corner and virtually no straights. It's also very narrow and bumpy so there's a lot to contend with. I've competed in Corsica once before in 2006 in the Fiesta but this will be a whole different scenario. It will be about having a good shakedown and building up my feeling and confidence in the Focus WRC."

Suzuki WRT:

[Toni Gardemeister, car #11 and Per-Gunnar Andersson, car #12]

Toni Gardemeister:

"Corsica is a rally that you need to know well. I've always liked it, although it's important to find a good rhythm straight away. The most difficult thing about it is the fact that the asphalt is always changing and that you can never guess what the weather will do. I know the roads quite well, and it will be interesting to see what sort of difference it makes to the team to have competed there before. The problem we have is that the opposition will be very tough, as asphalt is usually a less forgiving surface than gravel. But if we maintain our good reliability, then I don't see why we can't score some points."

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"Corsica is one of those legendary rallies that everybody talks about because it is such a big challenge. Although it went very well for me last time [and I clinched my second Junior title], I've still got a lot to learn about the place as well as about asphalt driving in general. So for me, the priority will be to check my pace notes and make sure that I finish."

Junior WRC:

Round 7 - Finale time.

After making a crucial error in Spain, Sebastian Ogier will be out to try and clinch the 2008 Junior World Rally Championship title on the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse this weekend.

Ogier was well on course to do that on the Rally Catalunya and was leading by over a minute, when he hit a bank in the last stage on day 2 and damaged the radiator on his Citroen C2 S1600. That no score has allowed Aaron Burkart to close the gap to just four points and the German now has an outside chance of stealing the crown should the Frenchman drop the ball again.

"I will put as much pressure as I can on Ogier in Corsica," Burkart vowed, after finishing third in Spain, "and I'll be ready to jump if he makes a mistake!"

Ogier in contrast will just want to make sure Spain was just a blip: "We need to just put Catalunya behind us and move on," he added. "We have to be fully focussed on Corsica."

No other drivers' meanwhile are still in the running for the title, although Martin Prokop is likely to be strong and will start as one of the favourites to win following his triumph last weekend.

Three J-WRC regulars will skip Corsica - namely Shaun Gallagher, Francesco Fanari and Andrea Cortinovis. Gallagher and Fanari both opted not to nominate this event at the start of the year as one of their six points' scoring rounds, while Cortinovis, who missed Spain too, is still recovering following a minor operation.

There will be two 'wild cards' - with Pierre Campana in a Renault Clio R3 MAXI and Pierre Marche in a Suzuki Swift. Marche joins regulars Suzuki Swift trio Jaan Molder, Michal Kosciuszko and Florian Niegel for the start.

"I've driven in Corsica one time before, which is useful as it is definitely the sort of event where a bit of previous experience is useful," said Kosciuszko. "The roads are quite narrow so you have to know where exactly to place the car.

"On the whole I prefer roads that are more open than the ones in Corsica but you just have to adapt your driving style to the conditions. Spain was a disappointing event for me championship-wise, so I hope to make up for that in Corsica."

Other significant entries:

80 crews due to start.

80 crews are due to start the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse - with 26 in World Rally Cars. In addition to the usual 'works' entries there will be another 12 runners in privately entered WRC cars, including Andreas Mikkelsen, Mads Ostberg and Britain's Gareth Jones.

Of the rest as well as the 16 crews in the J-WRC, another 37 will also take in the round too - six will battle it out for the N4 win, including P-WRC front runner, Juho Hanninen, while seven have opted to enter the round under the N3 class, one in N1 and 23 in Group A - eight in A7 and 15 in A6 cars.


The rally is again based in Ajaccio with the action held over stages close to the island's west coast. Each leg comprises a different loop of stages used in both the morning and afternoon. Most of the roads are familiar to competitors from last year, but the opening two legs each include a test not used for several years and the final day's stages have been reversed from 2007. The first and last legs head south of Ajaccio with the middle day's competition stretching north of the town. The three legs are all of similar distance and drivers face 16 stages covering 359.02km in a route of 1094.36km.

Last year:

Sebastien Loeb took his third win in a row last year in Corsica last year, beating Marcus Gronholm by 23.7 seconds.

Dani Sordo took the final spot on the rostrum, 20.6 seconds further back, while Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg came in fourth and fifth. Chris Atkinson, Jan Kopecky and Xavier Pons rounded out the points' scorers with Henning Solberg ninth and Dani Sola tenth. Francois Duval and Matthew Wilson were the two big retirements, both sidelined by mechanical issues.