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He may have finished on the podium at the International Rally of Queensland, but Team Citroen Australia’s Tony Sullens knows he has a fair margin to start bridging the gap to the outright pace set by Scott Pedder and Brendan Reeves.

Positively though, he believes he knows where the time is being lost and how he can go about making it up.
 
“Queensland was good, we were noticeably closer to the front two than we have been at any other time this year,” Tony said. “I know where I’m slow and where I’m fast, the good news is every event the car is getting faster and faster.”
 
After the opening two Rounds, the National Capital Rally and the Quit Forest Rally, Sullens admitted that he was trying too hard to drive the front-wheel Citroen DS3 like his former all-wheel drive Subaru Impreza.
 
“I know where I’m stuffing up in the tight stuff. Basically I’m going too silly into some of the corners and run out of road,” he confirmed.
 
“You get to the apex and you just can’t afford to stomp the throttle. With the turbo in these cars and the way the torque comes in you end up stepping three feet sideways. Then you’re out in the boonies and you give away another second.”
 
“If I could stop doing that on eight or ten corners than I could straight away make eight or ten seconds up,” added Sullens.
 
The Citroen driver believes that the time he’s giving away to the leading duo of Pedder and Reeves is all down to the tight, technical sections of stages rather than on the open, flowing roads.
 
“The fast stuff I’ve always been good on, so no real worries there. We’ve spent a lot of time on the setup and the car is a lot more comfortable for me to drive. There is still more improvement but it’s more about me other than the car.”
 
With the next Round taking drivers to the Scouts Rally SA, and the notoriously fast shire roads of the Adelaide Hills, Sullens is confident that it’s an event that should be well suited to his flat out approach.
 
“SA, those fast roads, that’s going to be really good for me, I’m really looking forward to getting down there,” he smiled. “I never used to like South Australia back in the old days, but I think this (Citroen DS3) will be an awesome car for that event.”
 
Asked what he didn’t like about the event in the past, Tony shrugged, gave a cheeky smile and said:  “It was just scary, big trees!”
 
“It’s still scary with big trees but I’ve got my mind around the notes and the car better now, and now it’ll feel comfortable. I was down there a couple of years ago and loved it, so it should be even more enjoyable in this car now.”

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