ERC - Sarrazin braced for serious competition in Corsica

Stephane Sarrazin is expecting serious competition when the ERC resumes on the legendary Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse from 16-18 May.

ERC - Sarrazin braced for serious competition in Corsica

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Stéphane Sarrazin at Le Mans 2012

Le Mans 24 Hours racer Sarrazin has been given special permission by Toyota to contest the event in the same MINI John Cooper Works S2000 Dani Sordo used to win in Corsica last season.

He will go up against fellow former Formula One racer Robert Kubica, who will line up in his regular Citroën DS3 RRC.

“I’m going for the win,” said Sarrazin. “I have been in Corsica with Subaru three times and finished eighth, sixth and fourth.

"Last year I drove a Peugeot 208 R2 zero car, which was a big help because I did the recce and pushed like I was doing the real rally.

"The MINI I have won the rally last year so I have no excuse although it will be difficult against drivers like Robert Kubica and Jan Kopecký. It will be a very good fight.”

Sarrazin, 37, tested his MINI, run by the Belgian First Motorsport team, in Corsica on Monday.

He is one of 23 drivers in S2000 machinery on the island event, which runs from May 16-18 and includes four stages live on Eurosport.

His advice to event rookies like Kubica is simply: “to avoid touching any concrete on the side of the road. It’s so narrow, with narrow bridges and it’s easy to touch a wheel, make a small mistake and have a very big effect.

"There are also some old roads that are very bumpy, it’s a very particular and difficult rally.”

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