The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team CZ with Stepan Vojtech and Michal Ernst gave a nearly faultless performance in the afternoon of the second day. And they additionally benefited from the retirement of Polish driver Kuzaj. This means that a points-scoring place should be secure. Balasz Benik and Laszlo Bunkoczi of the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team, on the other hand, had to retire on day two. The two Hungarians hit a stone which irreparably damaged the transverse control arm of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. But they will be able to continue in SupeRally on Sunday.
Same place like last year
Stepan Vojtech (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) was able to move up to seventh intermediate place in the PCar-WRC on the second day of the "Corona Rally Mexico". This matches last year's result. Now it is imperative to secure this place. The lead on the teams in his wake is big enough to avoid taking too much risk. Vojtech: "I am quite content with the place per se. Unfortunatly we had to deal with tank feed problems throughout the rally. But it also could be the fuel pump. In any case, we often have engine cutouts. That is really bothersome. I hope that we will perhaps be able to solve this problem prior to the final leg."
Finish ramp is the goal
Bad luck met with Balasz Benik on the twelfth special stage. The Hungarian of the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team hit a stone which lay on the ideal line. This caused the transverse control arm of the left front wheel to break. The Hungarian OMV duo Benik/Bunkoczi had to retire for the day. But the damage was quickly repaired at the service so that a restart in SupeRally on Sunday will be possible. Benik: "It was really a lot of bad luck. It happened in a very slow left turn. We were only driving about 15 or 20 km/h. Unfortunately we hit this stone in a way as to leave us no chance at all. Now we at least want to drive over the finish ramp on Sunday. That would be a great experience." In the PCar-WRC-ranking the OMV driver dropped back from tenth to 13th place.
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