Suzuki heads to the Junior World Rally Championship finale on this weekend's Rally de France-Tour de Corse hoping to rekindle the memories of P-G Andersson's second coronation a year ago.

Although the Swede has now moved up to the top echelon of rallying with Suzuki, and this year's crop are too far removed from the top of the points table to retain the crown for the Japanese manufacturer, Suzuki Sport Europe drivers Michal Kosciuszko and Jaan Molder, as well as Suzuki Rallye Junior Team Germany's Florian Niegel, hope to end the season on a high.

All three will be aiming to make the most of their last chance to impress at the wheel of the Swift Super 1600, while Suzuki France enters a simialr machine for local driver Pierre Marche, co-driven by Julien Giroux, who came out on top of the marque's one-make national series and received a wild card entry for Corsica as a result.

"It will be important for me to conclude my first season in the Junior World Rally Championship with a strong finish," Niegel admitted, "If I can bring the car back in one piece, maybe with some points as well, then I will be very happy.

"I have been gradually building up experience on asphalt in Germany and Spain, so this will be my third tarmac rally of the year. I know that I still have a lot to learn though, and Corsica has a big reputation that goes before it, so I am certainly going to treat this rally with a lot of respect."

Corsica is an event that has always suited the agile Super 1600 cars because of its notoriously twisty roads and tight corners, and all three Suzuki regulars should be up to speed on asphalt thanks to last weekend's Catalunya Rally, but the French event is somewhat different in character, and could still catch them out.

Average speeds tend to be lower and there are more tight corners. The surfaces are also bumpier, meaning that suspension set-up will be crucial.

"The Catalunya Rally showed me that I was definitely lacking asphalt experience, as it was my first sealed-surface event of the season," Molder conceded, "Luckily, I was able to get in some more practice in Spain, and now I feel a bit more confident on this tricky surface.

"As always in the Junior World Rally Championship, Corsica will be all about steering clear of mistakes and making sure that we get a decent finish. However, it's a completely new rally to me, so we will just have to play it carefully and see what happens."

As with all asphalt rallies, a key element to being quick comes from knowing how to cut the corners in the most effective way, but it is important not to cut these corners too deeply, as it can be easy to pick up a puncture and lose lots of time.

"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," Kosciuszko pointed out, "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. Catalunya was a disappointing event for me championship-wise, so I hope to make up for that in Corsica."



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