Amaury Molle says he’s prepared to score a string of consistent points finishes in this season’s ERC3 Junior championship ahead of the opening round in Italy next week.
Molle, who also admitted he’s potentially at a disadvantage after confirming his entry in an older-specification Peugeot 208 R2 – the newer R4 version of the car is available to enter in the same class – is set to enter a full season campaign in 2020.
Speaking ahead of next weekend’s season opener, the Belgian driver said: “We know there is a gap per kilometre between the R2 and the Rally4 but the R2 is a very reliable, while the Rally4 is totally new and this will be its first international rally.”
“With an older car, the top five will be a very reasonable target. We knew we would start with the old version of the car but the whole championship is our aim for the year and we have to be at the finish line of every rally.”
The 25-year-old has already made a return to rallying after the COVID-19 pandemic, where he competed on the Rally Internazionale del Casentino earlier this month and he went on to explain how it went: “We chose this rally just to get back into the car after a few months without driving a rally car.”
“This was even more so with an R2 car because the last time in an R2 was on the Barum Rally last August, after that I was driving the Citroën R5.”
“I was happy to be back and Rally Casentino will help me a lot. Our roads in Belgium are very different, we have to be soft compared to Italy where you have to be very hard because the level of grip is very high. It was a quite good experience.”
The opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship, Rally di Roma Capitale, takes place next weekend.