From Chris Biewer [ 30/09/2002 ].
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What do you expect from the next WRC event in New Zealand? “I started my first Rally New Zealand in 1997 and have been there already 4 times. Last year I drove onto the podium. New Zealand is a rally that I meanwhile know well and that I like a lot, because the gravel roads are very fluent and fast. The stages remind me of the Rally Finland, my home event in the WRC.”
“For me, the point of doing the tarmac rallies is mainly to gain experience. You have to drive a lot to learn the limit of your car. We wanted to get kilometres under the belt, the stage times hopefully come with that. Since Rallye Deutschland I have a new car on the latest technical standards for the tarmac events. For me this is a big step forward, it makes it easier for me because I’m used to this car from the gravel rallies. We weren’t able to test on tarmac, but in example on the Rally San Remo I have tried a few things with the suspension set up and that way I have got to know the car better.”
You have started the 2001 season with a victory. But in 2002 it didn’t go that well for you. Are you disappointed?
“It is tough when it doesn’t go so well. But this is rallying. Some years go really well, others don’t. The success comes when (my) time is ready for it.”
What is next in line for you?
“I have already signed a contract with Peugeot for next season. On the last 3 rallies of 2002 I want to get as good results as possible. I am waiting for my first win of the season.”