Consani, from France, is eligible for both awards in the Renault Mégane RS he shares with co-driver Nicolas Klinger, who partnered Nicolas Vouilloz to the IRC title in 2008.
“Our aim for the rally is to win both categories, the IRC Production Cup and the IRC 2WD Cup but it’s important to drive at a slower pace to be sure to be at the finish,” said Consani, 30. “I hope to win both of the categories but the competition here is stronger than in Yalta, particularly in the IRC 2WD Cup with Todo Slavov, Harry Hunt and Martin Kangur hanging around.”
Klinger, meanwhile, pointed to the 19.95-kilometre Stara Reka test on Saturday as being potentially troublesome for the Renault crew. “The first two stages are good but the third stage on Saturday is bumpy with gravel on the road,” he said. “I don’t think this will be so good for us, particularly on the downhill sections. But we know we will have a good fight with Harry whatever happens. He is our friend and I think it will be between us.”