Ford World Rally champions stress importance of tyres

7th September 2012

Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg have announced their intention to retain their 2011 title and have also outlined the importance of choosing the right tyres for racing.

The pair will race in Wales next week, and will have the choice of 30 soft tyres and 22 hard tyres for the rally, of which a total of 35 can be used.

“One of the big decisions will be tyre selection," Latvala said.

"In the dry we should use Michelin’s hard compound rubber, especially as the surface in some forests is abrasive.  But the allocation we’re allowed means we can’t do that for the entire rally, so it will be tricky to know when to use soft tyres and when to use harder rubber," he explained.

Both racers highlighted the importance of preparing for terrain and hazards such as overhanging branches and log piles as key.

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