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Acropolis Rally: OMV Kronos preview

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT promises full attack Following seventh place in Sardinia two weeks ago the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has drawn hope again. This uptrend shall be continued at the "BP ultimate Acropolis Rally of Greece". A vital...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT promises full attack

Following seventh place in Sardinia two weeks ago the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has drawn hope again. This uptrend shall be continued at the "BP ultimate Acropolis Rally of Greece". A vital factor will be to avoid as many tyre damages as possible at the eighth run to the FIA World Rally Championship. A top result would be a motivation bosster considering the subsequent rally break of almost two months.

Set-up on the highest level

The disappointments of the last months are forgotten for now. Following the Rally Sardinia OMV driver Manfred Stohl has drawn new hope once more. The 34-year-old Austrian is completely satisfied with the set-up of the Citroen Xsara WRC. A little more power, which he hopes for at the Rally Acropolis, and the fight for top results will be on again. Stohl: "The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team did a great job during the last weeks. Now we want to reap the reward in Greece. But you can't compare this rally to any other in the WRC calendar. Here you are fighting the heat and the constant danger of a tyre damage from first to last."

Top SS-times two years ago

A top result would also mean an important motivation booster considering the oncoming summer break. Even though Manfred Stohl was able to reach only one top 10 result in Greece in previous years (6th place in 2004) the OMV duo Stohl/Minor nevertheless feels comfortable at the probably toughest WRC- run of the season. Stohl: "Every driver wants to get a top result before the summer break, of course. We already had quite good results in Greece - also with the Xsara. In 2005 we reached several third-best SS overall times on the second day. I am sure that we will be able to keep up this time, as well, even though the FordWRC's definitely are still advantaged here. And, after all, eight teams of this manufacturer will compete."

Already EUR 69.860 in the OMV Move & Help account

Since this year's season of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team is under the sign of OMV Move & Help, EUR 20 will be donated to OMV Move & Help for each completed special stage kilometre. At the three WRC-runs completed so far, Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor as well as Daniel Carlsson/Denis Giraudet have already taken in 69.860 Euro. In Argentina further 6.700 Euro are at stake since Manfred Stohl will carry the colours of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team alone. Move & Help is the educational program by OMV for over 35.000 children and youths in cooperation with SOS Children's Village, Caritas and UNICEF.

-credit: owrt/kronos

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Series WRC
Drivers Daniel Carlsson , Manfred Stohl , Ilka Minor
Teams Citroën World Rally Team