Wittmann targets Zlin for IRC return
"Madeira was never on our list of events"
Franz Wittmann will return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on Barum Czech Rally Zlin in late August and is scheduled to complete his second season in the series with appearances in Sanremo and Cyprus.
Wittmann, 26, hasn’t appeared in the IRC since crashing heavily on Rally d’Italia-Sardegna in early June. His Interwetten Racing Peugeot 207 has now been rebuilt and he will resume his campaign on the Czech asphalt rally from 27-29 August when he will team up with co-driver Klaus Wicha.
“When we saw the real damage after Sardinia we knew it was not possible to go to the Azores,” said Wittmann. “Madeira was never on our list of events so we will come back in Zlin when we hope to get the best result possible.”
Wittmann’s backer, the Interwetten chief executive Wolfgang Fabian, added: “Since the ship has sailed for Franz in this year’s IRC I think that this [new] schedule is sensible and financially affordable regarding a possible next IRC season.”