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Rally Argentina: OMV Kronos preview

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT ready for Argentina Manfred Stohl always likes to return to Argentina - which is not only due to the magnificent steaks that are being served in the Cordoba area. The 34- year-old Austrian of the OMV Kronos Citroen World...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT ready for Argentina

Manfred Stohl always likes to return to Argentina - which is not only due to the magnificent steaks that are being served in the Cordoba area. The 34- year-old Austrian of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team especially loves the difficult road conditions of the "Rally Argentina". With last year's fourth place the OMV driver also has an absolute top result to his account. Something that the OMV duo Stohl/Minor hopes to repeat this year even though they'll need their share of luck to accomplish this.

Tenth start in Argentina

Following the Wales Rally GB, Argentina is already the second rally that Manfred Stohl will compete in for the tenth time. But the OMV driver can find no real advantage in this. Stohl: "The rallies are getting ever shorter which means that experience doesn't play such a large part anymore. You have to go full speed and hope that the car perseveres." The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team nevertheless has high expectations. Especially since the 34-year-old Austrian has always performed very well in Argentina. Last year, for instance, he impressed with the overall best time on the 'royal' special stage "Mina Clavero" (24,45 km). Stohl: "We have proven last year that we can deal with Argentina all right. It is obviously getting harder all the time to compete with the works cars but we will do our all for a top result. And it makes me confident that the Citroen Xsara WRC has always been at the top of the podium during the last three years."

Happy Birthday Ilka

In Argentina there will be an anniversary in store for the currently best co-driver in the FIA World Rally Championship. The Carinthian will celebrate her 32nd birthday on April 30. Ilka Minor has been on the hot seat beside Manfred Stohl since 2001. She counts the two second overall places in Cyprus (2005) and Wales (2006) as her biggest successes. Minor: "It is rather funny that there always seems to be something to celebrate in Argentina. Last year it was Manfred's 100th WRC-run and this year it is my birthday. But there won't be a big party. My favourite present would be if Manfred would drive me to the podium on Sunday."

Already EUR 56.060 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 56.060 Euro. In Argentina further 6.940 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.

351 kilometres on 22 special stages

The Rally Argentina has no less than two super stages to offer in 2007. The rally will commence with a show-super stage in the River Plate Stadium on May 3 where 80.000 spectators are expected for the 2,4 kilometres long circuit. 21 further special stages with a SS-length of 346,55 kilometres overall are then scheduled from May 4 to 6. Among them are two super stages in Cordoba with a length of 2,4 kilometres each which will be held as SS 9 and 22. The overall length of the rally measures 1.383,14 kilometres. The finish line will be crossed on Sunday (May 6) at 13.15 (local time) in the stadium of Cordoba.

This is Argentina

Area: 2.766.890 sq km; Population: 38.740.000 inhabitants; Population density: 14 people per sq km; Capital: Buenos Aires (12 mio. inhabitants); Argentina has become independent from Spain in 1816. The average temperatures in May measure between 10 and 24 degrees Celsius. Humidity amounts to 75% with an average of eight rainy days.

-credit: omvkronos

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