OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams on course in Mexico
o Stepan Vojetch/Michal Ernst in seventh place after SS 3
o Balasz Benik/Laszlo Bunkoczi in ninth place despite high-speed spin
The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team CZ with Stepan Vojtech and Michal Ernst has already taken up a place among scoring ranks of the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship at the beginning of the "Corona Rally Mexico". The Czech OMV duo lies in seventh place following three of 20 special stages. After encountering a moment of shock on SS 2 Balasz Benik and Laszlo Bunkoczi of the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team are currently in ninth place.
Vojtech counts on patience
Stepan Vojtech (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) knows the Rally Mexico only too well from last year. Back then the OMV driver had scored two WRC-points as seventh-placed. And patience had been the correct recipe. Reason enough to follow this principle in 2007, as well. No bad choice, indeed, for already five of 17 Pcar-WRC-Teams that had taken up the race had to retire during the first special stages. Vojtech: "Everything was quite in order except that we made a mistake by choosing soft tyres. In the end the car became very unstable. But our tactics payed off and we are currently within scoring ranks. That remains our goal." The OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams CZ lies 1:12,5 minutes behind leader Mark Higgins. Vojtech: "That is quite all right. Just a small tyre damage has you lose more time. And there will be plenty of those here."
Losing time after high-speed spin
Balasz Benik started into the Corona Rally Mexico with a moment of shock. The Hungarian of the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team spun at high speed during the second special stage but remained on the road. Benik: "We were not able to turn around immediately due to the clouds of dust. And the spot was also very narrow. Fortunately we didn't hit anything. We lost about 50 seconds. The rest, though, was really okay. I am sure that we can move up into the scoring ranks." The OMV duo Benik/Bunkoczi in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX currently lies in ninth place, 50 seconds behind a scoring rank.
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