Eleventh round of the 2012 WRC season is just a couple of days and the heat of the competition is distinctive. All the three current manufacturers are keen into the competition and they are gearing up with their fleet of cars with the best of their crew to give their best shot at the superbly scenic rally stages that is closely watched across all the borders. It is also important to the home team/manufacturer Citroen to give their best, although they have their best men doing their job really well for nearly a decade or more.
Ford & Mini want to beat their rally home's rival at their homeland to make a mark, but they have to try a little harder than they prepare until Loeb is behind the wheels. We all know [if not, now] that Loeb wouldn't be in for full WRC 2013 season & would be concentrating for their WTCC debut in 2014. Well that is altogether a different topic to report & discuss and better dealt there.
The event will be based in the Alsace region which is typically fast through the vineyards, villages & forests which more or less looks similar to the Rally Deutschland stages. 64 cars entered in the rally competition list, with 22 special stages totaling to 404.14 competitive kms, it is going to be a tough rally for competitors and great fun to spectators.
A lot of testing happened by most of the top 10 drivers, below are the video of the testing that happened last week.