Julien Maurin makes the move from Ford Fiesta to Skoda Fabia R5 for the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship and is looking forward to getting the WRC2 championship under way this weekend in Monte-Carlo.
“Our tests went well, it was positive,” said Maurin. “I was looking forward to driving the Skoda and I was not disappointed. It’s very different from the Ford Fiesta that I used to pilot, including at the design philosophy. The car is more stable, the engine has more torque. The feelings were good pretty quickly. Then we worked well in studying several possible settings and trying to prepare as much as possible to the often changing conditions of the Monte-Carlo. “
Maurin took part in a total of 10 rallies last season as he split his programme between WRC2 and national rallying.
“I have a sense of unfinished business at the Monte-Carlo” says Maurin. “This is a rally that I like to drive, its special, its difficult conditions challenge the driver, its atmosphere… but I’ve
never managed to get a really good result. Sometimes committing errors of youth, sometimes lack of luck.
“Today I have experience and my goal this year is to achieve a good performance. The opposition in the WRC2 will be very strong, I am aware. The goal is to do everything to get on the podium and for that you will go victory.”