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From The Pyrenees To Qatar
Posted by: newsla on Feb 26, 2014 - 01:59 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
From The Pyrenees To Qatar


The last week or so has been pretty busy for me! In particular, I made a flying visit to Doha for the national launch of the Golf R. I appeared on the Volkswagen stand at the Qatar Motor Show to talk about the great feeling that I had had when driving this Golf, the most powerful ever produced by VW, boasting a hefty 300bhp!

 

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I have now had the chance to drive it on two separate occasions: just recently on the frozen lakes in Lapland and last summer on the Portimão circuit. In fact, perhaps you have seen the cool video that Volkswagen recorded when we were there?

It was interesting to share my experience of the Golf R and discuss the WRC with the Qatari press. Unfortunately, I was only there for 24 hours and so I didn’t get the chance to see more of the country.

One thing is certain, however: the surroundings were very different to the Pyrénées, which is where I found myself at the start of the week! I spent three days there with my coach, Xavier Feuillée. The time spent at his 321 Perform centre proved to be very useful. It was important to get back into training and get a bit of a boost!

Alongside Xavier, and using the extensive facilities available at the centre, I worked on all of the qualities needed by a racing driver. This involved physical training, with cardiovascular and strength-building exercises, but it also covered specific points such as reflexes, concentration and hand-eye coordination. Font-Romeu is the ideal setting for these sessions – in fact, we made the most of the snow to go on a hike in snowshoes, which is a great cardiovascular exercise. I would strongly recommend any driver looking to fine-tune his physical preparation to call upon Xavier.


I hope to take advantage of the work we did in Mexico at the next round of the WRC. It goes without saying that my aim for the rally is to get back to winning ways! Given that I’m currently second in the championship standings, I won't have the worst road position on day one. It won't be easy, however, as there is a lot of loose gravel to sweep at this rally!


In any case, the Polo is ready - I was able to check it over during a test day on Tuesday in the south of Spain. It gave me the chance to get back into driving on gravel and to fine-tune the set-up of the car. It’s a rally that I really enjoy and I can’t wait to get started!



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