This is the IRC’s first visit to Bulgaria for the Mabanol Sliven Rally. Tell us about the event?
“It’s a very exciting with very fast parts, slow parts, sometimes a lot of grip, sometimes very slippery. There is everything on this rally.”
What’s your tactic for the rally?
“We are in a situation that it is not possible to make tactics, we have to push from the start. I will try to be as fast as possible all the rally, maybe we have the chance to win for a sixth time. I believe we can.”
It will be a tight fight between the Bulgarian drivers, particularly with you and Krum Donchev, another multiple winner here. Do you agree?
“I think so. Unfortunately there are not so many drivers with Super 2000 cars from abroad. We have to think about the Bulgarian championship so we try to be fast.”
What do you hope for from this rally?
“Without problems to finish the rally in a good position. That’s everything I hope for, I hope everything will be working very well on the car.”
The ambient and ground temperatures are going to be high during the rally. What problems will this bring?
“For sure it can be a problem and I can tell you it’s not easy to have the right tyres for all the special stages. Some of the stages are very slippery and you need softer tyres, some of them have a lot of grip so it will be difficult for the tyres. Also for the brakes because there is very long and strong downhill so it will be hard for sure. We will drive with harder tyres because of the big downhill, it’s not so big choice.”