Peugeot Drivers Fight Back! Peugeot drivers Cedric Robert and Freddy Loix have bravely fought back to finish the second day of the Rallye Deutschland in fifth and sixth places respectively, after suffering a number of setbacks on the opening...
Peugeot Drivers Fight Back!
Peugeot drivers Cedric Robert and Freddy Loix have bravely fought back to finish the second day of the Rallye Deutschland in fifth and sixth places respectively, after suffering a number of setbacks on the opening leg yesterday.
Today's torrentially wet conditions were both difficult and dangerous, with two stages stopped due to accidents. Crews had to negotiate the notorious Baumholder military ranges, characterised by slippery concrete roads that were originally used for testing tanks. The day's action included two runs over the longest stage of the rally, the 40 kilometres of Panzerplatte.
Cedric started off by driving cautiously, as he wanted to guarantee a strong points-scoring finish. He had two spins on SS10 but set competitive times and grew in confidence as the day progressed.
"Today has been an extremely fine balancing act between going as fast as I can and making sure of a good finish," he said. "Baumholder contains some very difficult stages and I certainly had a couple of moments. But now I have total confidence in the 307WRC and I'm able to set times comparable to the very top drivers. It's been a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Freddy was determined to move up the leaderboard after a troubled start to the rally and he underlined his intention by setting fastest time on today's opening stage. Freddy drove rapidly yet reliably through the challenging conditions of the afternoon to set another fastest time and continue his charge towards the top.
He said: "Today has been excellent: we've set some good times, the car has been perfect and we've not made any mistakes. It's not been easy, as I haven't tested the 307WRC much in these sorts of difficult conditions. But I couldn't ask for more from today and I hope to make up some more time tomorrow "
Marcus Gronholm was unfortunately forced to retire on the first corner of the opening stage yesterday, after going off on some standing water.
Tomorrow's final leg of the Rallye Deutschland takes in seven special stages totalling nearly 100 competitive kilometres. With more uncertain weather predicted, the result will hang in the balance until the winner sprays champagne on the finish ramp in Trier.