From Skoda Press [ 30/03/2006 ].
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The Red Bull Skoda Team is delighted to announce the signing of Finland's Harri Rovanpera for the remaining seven WRC events. He will take over from Gilles Panizzi with immediate effect, already going into action in Corsica, where he will be celebrating his 40th birthday in style on Saturday, the second leg of the rally.
"This surely has to be my best birthday present ever. I hope I will be fast not only on the gravel rallies, but also perform well for my new team on tarmac," an always cheerful "Dirty Harri", as he is affectionately known by his fans, explains. In his last rally the previous year, Rovanpera finished second in Australia, the Finn's greatest success came with a win in Sweden 2001.
The early departure of Gilles and Herve Panizzi is down to private family matters.
Andreas Aigner, who has driven his first truly flawless rally in Spain, will arrive in Corsica well-prepared on that score: "I've gained a lot of tarmac experience in Spain, now I have to try and continue to put this knowledge into practice in Corsica. I'm already looking forward to working together with my new teammate, I hope we'll cooperate well."
354.18 competitive kilometres over twelve special stages The 50th Rallye de France Tour de Corse gets under way on Thursday, April 6th, with a ceremonial start in Ajaccio, Place de Austerlitz, at 8 p.m. From Friday through Sunday (April 7th – 9th), twelve special stages over a competitive distance of 354.18 kilometres are scheduled. The overall length of the rally amounts to 1,045.68 kilometres, with the finish on Sunday expected at 1.50 p.m. in Ajaccio.