Suzuki has targeted a repeat of their strong results in Japan as they seek to end to their first full World Rally Championship season in Wales on a high.

Toni Gardemeister and Per-Gunnar Andersson's fifth and sixth place finish in Japan marked Suzuki's best WRC result since making their debut just over a year ago.

With the season-ending Wales Rally GB often throwing up similar conditions to that of the Japanese event, Suzuki are confident they can produce a similarly encouraging result, particularly if they can continue their decent run of reliability too.

As a former British Rally Championship contender, Gardemeister is looking forward to his return to the forests of Wales, even if he admits it is one of the most challenging events on the calendar.

"Britain is a fantastic rally, but so difficult. It's very fast, which I like, and the stages are really interesting. Anything can happen on this rally, so a bit like Japan this is a very good opportunity for us.

"Reliability will be important but we have managed to achieve this since the middle of the season and we had another good result in Japan, so there's no reason why we can't do the same again. It's definitely possible for us to score some good points in Britain, and that is what we will be aiming to do from the start."

Often a rally of attrition, Andersson's first target is to stay out of trouble, although he is confident he will be inside the points come the end of the weekend.

"You really need so much commitment to do well on this rally! The two big hazards are the weather and the surfaces. But I love the challenge, and our strong run in Japan three weeks ago has given us all a lot of confidence.

"The main thing in Great Britain is to stay out of trouble, but we've learnt a lot this year so I think we should be able to pace ourselves properly in order to get to the finish in the best possible position. I'm really looking forward to it..."

One of just two rallies Suzuki have competed on before, the team admits the SX4 that appeared twelve months ago is very different to the one that will line-up this year. Indeed, team director Shusuke Inagaki is delighted with the immense progress made over the course of the season

"It's been an amazing and incredibly challenging season in which we have all learnt so much. I'm very proud of the team and all its efforts, which has resulted in a consistent improvement throughout the season.

"Now we face the final challenge of the year, which also happens to be one of the biggest ones. After an excellent result in Japan, we are all firmly focussed on finishing the season strongly in Wales!"



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