OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams feel Sweden's toughness
o Andrej Jereb moves up to 17th place despite having caught severe cold
o Martin Prokop/Jan Tomanek hit snow wall and drop out
The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team with Andrej Jereb and Miran Kacin was able to move up to 17th place in group N during the second day of the "Uddeholm Swedish Rally". This despite the fact that Jereb's state of health worsened and he was treated by the doctor of the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship at each service to get green light for the continuation of the rally. Martin Prokop of the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team CZ unfortunately was stopped early on in his race to catch up. During SS 10 he hit a snow wall and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX lost a wheel. He still wants to continue the rally on Sunday thanks to SupeRally.
Cold hampers fine-tuning
Competing on snow for the first time is hard enough. If, like in Andrej Jereb's case, one has caught a severe cold, as well, things don't get easier at all. Nevertheless, the Slovenian OMV BIXXOL driver gives an impressive performance and was able to move up from 20th to 17th overall place in the group N ranking. Jereb: "We should, in fact, be working on fine-tuning the car but the cold takes up all my energy and concentration. But as long as I get the okay by the doctor I'll continue the race. I definitely want to finish the Sweden Rally."
SupeRally once more for Prokop
The fates are definitely not on Martin Prokop's side at the Sweden Rally. After his retirement on day one the OMV BIXXOL CZ-driver didn't fare much better on the second day. This despite a sensational beginning. On the first special stage of day two he reached seventh-best P-Car WRC-time. Immediately afterwards he was in fourth place on the following SS after the first interim time (after five kilometres). But when he hit a snow wall the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX lost a wheel and he had to retire. "Too bad since we were very fast today. Now we will do our all to be able to take up the rally on Sunday once again. If so, we want to reach the finish without SupeRally since three retirements during one rally would be a wee bit much ", says the somewhat self-deprecating Czech OMV driver.
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