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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, February 21, 2015
Q: Terrific news Scott that you re going
to be contesting the WRC2 this year, how
big a decision was that between winning the
Australian Rally Championship last November
to announcing your WRC2 program in mid-
A: It has certainly been a busy time with
lots of conversations and emails with a lot
of people. Any decision that involves a long
period of time away from your family and
business is a big one but then you add in
the fact that we sincerely love competing in
Australia. In the end the opportunity was there
and the decision was a relatively easy one.
Q: And you mentioned in your
announcement that a number of people have
helped make this happen so quickly, anyone
you want to specifically mention?
A: I cannot mention one very important
person because it will ruin a future exciting
release but I will say that Dale Moscatt, Mark
Pedder and my wife Caroline have been
instrumental in making this a possibility.
We have had advice from the likes of George
Donaldson and other influential people
that have all assisted greatly in quickly
understanding the landscape in the WRC and
the things we will need to consider.
Q: How big a move is it, not just financially
but from a time and resources point of view,
to jump from running outright in the ARC to
committing to a program in the WRC?
A: Time away is the most obvious. We will
spend seven weeks away between mid-May
and the start of August so the support of my
entire family has made this possible. Thanks
to some extended commercial support the
cost is less than what most would pay but
still significant but due to some economies
of scale deals can be done "relatively"
inexpensively. That said yes running the
ARC this year would have been a far smarter
Q: It must be exciting for you to be stepping
in a brand new Ford Fiesta R5. What are you
expecting from the car?
A: Obviously more traction than my
previous car! I expect it to be unbelievably
good. To be honest I cannot wait to drive
it. We have some pretty extensive testing
planned so we are confident that we can be
comfortable in the car from the start. The
RMC team is also very keen to see us do well.
Q: Is stepping into an unknown car, on
unknown events, on the other side of the World
a daunting prospect?
A: Daunting no but exciting yes. There is
no doubt we will be nervous but we really
have nothing to lose. This is certainly going
to be out of the comfort zone but we will
immediately know where we sit and to be
honest we are looking forward to that. It
certainly is going to be a challenge but the
most important thing always is the relax,
have fun and enjoy the experience - which I
admit is probably not going to be difficult!
Q: It must be reassuring then to have
someone like Dale Moscatt beside you who has
competed in the WRC previously?
A: Yes Dale is a huge asset. I saw this in
China when I was with him and Atko. He
adapts very well and uses his experience and
vast knowledge as an advantage. I think our
maturity and experience will be something
we can draw on but when it comes to it speed
is what you need.
Q: We ve seen young drivers like Chris
Atkinson, Molly Taylor and Brendan Reeves
have a crack at the WRC in recent years. Age
aside do you see what your doing in a similar
light or completely different?
A: Thanks for that! I hope so, and I hope
others do too. I think I am probably different
to those guys where they were all trying to
build careers on the world stage. That is not
my intention and I am realistic that given the
current situation that whatever the results I
can achieve that is not going to happen. I am
doing this because I want to know where I am
at and because I think I can be competitive
but ultimately this is for an incredible life
experience. Ultimately though we are both
highly competitive and want to win.
Q: And lastly how are you going to approach
the year? Are you there with something to
prove or is this a case of ticking another box on
your rally resume?
A: We are there to try and win - that has
never changed for me. I have got a touch
smarter over the years so I realise that flat
out all the time often ends badly. But we are
also acutely aware that the pace is going to
need to be flat out or very close to it and it
might even be beyond that. I reckon at the
end of the first stage in Portugal we will have
a better idea and then we can adjust from
Scott Pedder talks to
Rally.com.au about WRC2
"We have some pretty extensive testing planned for the new Ford Fiesta R5,
so we are confident that we can be comfortable in the car from the start".
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