Wittmann gains new team mate for Cyprus

Wittmann gains new team mate for CyprusFrom General Article [ 01/11/2010 ].
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The Interwetten Racing Team causes a stir at the FX Pro Cyprus Rally. For, beside Franz Wittmann, a second Peugeot 207 S2000 will be deployed by the tuning wizards of ROMO Motorsport. And it will be steered by none less than Bryan Bouffier. Thus the chances of scoring points at the finale of the IRC Series 2010 have become twice as high.

For Franz Wittmann, the Cyprus Rally will be the second run on gravel this year after Sardinia. And that is precisely why the freshly married 27-year-old feels very confident.

Wittmann: “We performed very well on Sardinia despite having had only a few testing kilometres. Cyprus will surely be a big challenge since it is a very tough rally. But cleverness and guts can also make for a good result. I also would like to thank my sponsor Interwetten for the great opportunities they offered me this year with a good performance.”

Due to schedule problems the season’s finale will see Josefine Beinke in the co-driver’s seat. But the young German can already look back on five WRC assignments this year.

One definitely can look forward to the performance of Bryan Bouffier. In August the Frenchman had held the lead at the Barum Rallye up to the 15th of 17 special stages when a mistake had him drop back and finish tenth, only one place ahead of Franz Wittmann. Bouffier counts among the best drivers in the IRC field.
“After we had prepared the car and our regular Russian driver had to bow out at short notice, I am very pleased that we managed this solution. It will be of great interest to me to compare our two cars head to head. Both Peugeot 207 S2000 are completely identical. Also, Franz can learn a lot since Bryan is test driver at Peugeot”, explains ROMO Motorsport Manager Ronny Leschhorn.

The Interwetten Racing-Pilot is also looking forward to this opportunity and doesn’t spare a thought on rivalry within the team.

Wittmann: “Bryan is a very experienced man and has already spent many hours and kilometres in this car. That can only be of help to me. Therefore it would be very irrational if I’d fight a duel with him. I believe that I can learn a lot from the data comparison.”

The ceremonial start of the “FX Pro Cyprus Rally” will take place on November 4 at 19.00 in Limassol. This will be followed by a 2,45 kilometres long super stage at the new harbour. The restart to the rally is on November 5 at 08.21. Scheduled are 14 special stages overall with a length of 236,64 kilometres. The overall length of the 100% gravel rally measures 849,12 kilometres. The finishing line will be crossed on November 6 at 18.03, also in Limassol. On Sunday (November 7) the “Love Cyprus Golden Stage Rally” will be held, where the teams will  fight for a well filled pot of prize money on the super stage in Limassol. But this stage isn’t part of the rally itself.