Peugeot pins hopes on Burns. Richard Burns is heading Peugeot's assault on the Monte Carlo Rally after the second day of the event. Burns is fifth overnight and in a strong position to attack tomorrow. The Englishman made a promising start to...
Peugeot pins hopes on Burns.
Richard Burns is heading Peugeot's assault on the Monte Carlo Rally after the second day of the event.
Burns is fifth overnight and in a strong position to attack tomorrow. The Englishman made a promising start to the day, but was caught out by an incorrect tyre choice for the final two stages that cost him time.
He said: "The car feels good, but I'm disappointed to lose so much time on the final two stages. The tyres we picked were too hard, which meant that it was impossible to find grip. But I'm confident we can have a good day tomorrow, and my aim is to score as many points for Peugeot as possible. As we've seen today, anything can happen in Monte Carlo."
Marcus Gronholm started the day in the lead, but hit a rock on stage nine that damaged the car. He was forced to stop and replace the front-right steering arm, taking over 55 minutes to complete the stage. But the Finn was determined to continue, and set fourth fastest time on the final stage of the day. He ends the day 13th, but is already in a position to score one manufacturers' point for Peugeot.
Gronholm said: "It was a very slippery corner and maybe our tyre choice was not ideal. So we went off and broke the steering. I thought that it would be impossible to continue, but we were able to replace the steering arm and finish the stage. I'm very disappointed, but these are things that can always happen when you try hard."
Gilles Panizzi retired at the first service halt, for reasons of health and safety. Team principal Corrado Provera explained: "For the last few days Gilles has not been feeling well and he has been suffering from low blood pressure. Between us we decided not to take any risks, and so Gilles has retired from the rally. He is incredibly disappointed, but safety is the most important consideration."
The two customer-specification Peugeot 206 WRCs run by Bozian were able to capitalise on the excellent progress they made yesterday. Cedric Robert ended leg two in sixth place, with Roman Kresta just behind him in seventh.