Bouffier determined to fight in Zlin

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Peugeot France driver Bryan Bouffier has said he will do all he can to get his Intercontinental Rally Challenge title bid back on track on Barum Czech Rally Zlin, which takes place from 26-28 August.

The Rallye Monte-Carlo winner has slipped to fourth in the IRC drivers’ standings, 22 points behind SKODA Motorsport’s Juho Hanninen.

After coming close to winning in Zlin last season, the 32-year-old from France will be hoping to replicate his pace from 12 months ago when the rally gets underway on Friday night.

“It’s a tremendous event,” said Bouffier, who is co-driven by Xavier Panseri. “I love the atmosphere, the field is always very strong and the stages are very varied. They range from wide and fast to narrow and bumpy, and the challenge is often made more complex by changing weather conditions. I led last year’s event but the fight was very close and tyre choices played a decisive role. I do feel very comfortable on this rally, though. Like Peugeot, I need to obtain a top result and I will do everything in my power to do just that.”