Narrow Zlín roads making it tough going for ERC returnee Dumas and his Porsche
Former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas has praised Barum Czech Rally Zlín for the high level of competition and huge fan following but concedes the event is not a good fit for his Porsche 997 GT3.
Dumas has reported the rally’s narrow and bumpy stages are proving tough-going for his RGT-specification machine, which was delayed by a puncture on stage three.
“When you have a Porsche you expect a large road but here it’s narrow,” said the Frenchman. “Also, we are only two-wheel drive and with gravel [on the road] and bumps it’s very difficult so I take care a lot the transmission because I want to score points for RGT.”
Of the huge 37-strong R5 entry, Dumas added: “It’s unbelievable. It’s the first time I can see so many cars fighting such a small gap but many of them know very well the road. In the end we have to deal with the road and survive a little bit. We’re good in 2WD but we are far from the 4WD.”