Peugeot ready for Cyprus risk

Peugeot team boss Corrado Provera admits the team's new evolution of the 206 World Rally Car could yet pose reliability problems on its debut on the Cyprus Rally this weekend

Peugeot ready for Cyprus risk

Three of the new cars are entered for Marcus Gronholm, Didier Auriol and Harri Rovanpera. The principal revisions include revised turbocharging and intercooler positioning, along with more effective cooling. The team has tested extensively, but Provera believes that the car won't be proven until it scores a result in Limassol on Sunday.

"We know the new car is quicker. We know it is stronger. All we have left to find out is whether it is more reliable," said Provera. "If it hits problems here then we've got a week before Greece, then a bit longer before Safari, so we could react.

"Of course we hope that the car proves itself quicker and is reliable enough to get a result, but we said in Argentina that we were going there to win and came away with no points. Here I'd say that this is the real test for the rest of our season."

Gronholm said: "The new car feels slightly better than before, even though it's not such a big difference. The engine has a bit more torque but it's hard to say how much better it is until we compare it to the others."

The reigning World Champion desperately needs the new 206 to be quick and reliable - he's only got four points out of the first five rounds of this season.

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