All four new drivers of the Suzuki Ignis in this year's Junior World Rally Championship have enjoyed a fault-free 500 kilometres of testing prior to the Monte Carlo Rally next weekend.
The four drivers - Daniel Carlsson, Salvador Canellas, Urmo Aava, and Ville-Pertti Teuronen - had their first proper taste of the Ignis on roads around Roquebrune, in the South of France. These are similar to the roads that will be used on the rally.
All were enthusiastic about the Ignis, which has been extensively modified for the 2003 season. Four new cars have been built for Monte Carlo with a number of interesting mechanical improvements.
The roll cage has been redesigned, for increased protection and stiffness, and the engine is more powerful and driveable. The 2003 Ignis also features a flat-shift gearbox, which allows the driver to go up through the gears without using the clutch.
The drivers drove their cars over two days in a test primarily designed to give them the maximum running time and allow them to fine tune the best possible set-up for the slippery and twisty roads around Monte Carlo.
The Suzuki drivers will next be in action on the official shakedown during the afternoon of Thursday January 23rd. This will be their chance to experience the roads on the day before start and to make any last minute adjustments.Published 22 January 2003