Four drivers of the WRC considered today that the first day Rally of Portugal, in the sections of the center region, can "be decisive" to find the next winner of the race.
Sebastien Loeb (Hyundai), Otto Tanak (Toyota) and Gus Greensmith (Ford) were today previewing the event in the press room of the rally's logistics center in Matosinhos after having completed the 'shakedown', where Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), winner of the rally last year, was the fastest.
"We have a difficult start ahead, and we have to be consistent. Everything we will do to achieve good times. We are well on the way in preparing the car, "said Sebastien Ogier, who has won the last six editions of the world championship.
Before Ogier's reign, it was Sebastien Loeb to dominate the world-wide rally with eight consecutive titles, but the Frenchman considers that he is still in the stage of adaptation to the car of Hyundai.
"It's good to make the second consecutive rally with this car, I know it better. I've never been a champion in the 'shakedowns' [hoje fez o 11.º tempo], but tomorrow [sexta-feira] It's a new day, and we all start the same. I know it will be difficult, because I do not know the stages so well, "said Loeb.
This same record of anticipating difficulties for the stretches of Arganil, Góis and Lousã, shared the Estonian Otto Tanak [Toyota], while showing enthusiasm to comply with them.
"This new part of the rally looks good to me. It has difficulties, but also characteristics that are well-suited to our team. It's going to be a hot weekend in competitive terms. We have to get a good result tomorrow because it can be decisive, "said Tanak.
On behalf of Ford appeared the rookie WRC Gus Greensmith, who was motivated with this new stage of the career.
"It's a pleasure to drive a WRC car. Although I still make some mistakes I'm getting better. I have to gain some more experience, so tomorrow [primeiro dia] I will not risk everything, "said the British pilot.
The Rally of Portugal is the seventh event of the world championship of the modality, which in competitive terms starts Friday, in the central region, extending Saturday and Sunday, in the northern sections of the country.