Basso, a winner of four IRC rounds in the past, is better known for his exploits on asphalt and has yet to drive his M-Sport Ford Fiesta RRC on gravel in competition.
“I wanted to do at least one rally on gravel this year,” said Basso, who finished third on the IRC-counting Targa Florio-Rally Internazionale Di Sicilia last month. “But I honestly don't know what we can expect from this event. My agreement to do the rally came very late and driving the Fiesta on gravel will obviously be a completely new experience. But the stages around San Marino are very nice, even though I don’t know them so well. That will be the case for everyone though as the route is all-new for this year.”
Italian Basso, who is co-driven by countryman Mitia Dotta, was a regular on gravel events during his stint with the factory Abarth team in the IRC. He plans to call on that experience when Rally San Marino takes place from 5-7 July.
“In the IRC before we were capable of setting some good times on gravel so I hope this will be the case again,” said Basso. “But really we have to wait and see; there are a lot of unknowns for me. I enjoy driving on gravel just as much or more than I do driving on asphalt – it’s just that I don’t get the chance to do it very often.”