Another positive day for Red Bull Skoda Drivers' and manufacturers' points are within reach for both Fabia WRCs tomorrow Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) were able to continue to defend their seventh position overall Some problems though...
Another positive day for Red Bull Skoda
Drivers' and manufacturers' points are within reach for both Fabia WRCs tomorrow
Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) were able to continue to defend their seventh position overall
Some problems though for Mattias Ekstrom/Jonas Andersson (SWE), two defects meant that after the second leg only P14 was attainable
Sebastien Loeb's fifth win in Germany is imminent, followed by Sordo, Gronholm and Gardemeister
The second day of the OMV ADAC Rally in Germany was a rough ordeal for drivers and cars. The Baumholder stages including the 'Panzerplatte' attracted multitudes of spectators, who were enthralled by the performances of rallying's best.
"The day wasn't easy for us as well. We had to decide whether to let Ekstrom drive the final three stages with a broken right front drive shaft, or whether to restart tomorrow under SupeRally regulations. The latter option would have meant losing 15 minutes, but by continuing we kept it down to just five minutes. Andreas was driving very well and was able to defend P7, albeit very narrowly", the two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz explained.
It has been a tough day in Germany for Andreas Aigner: "Of course we constantly felt the pressure from behind. Additionally we had three tyre failures where even the mousse leaked, and then we lost another 15 seconds when I stalled the engine in a corner. I just hope that I can keep Sarrazin, Kopecky and Atkinson at bay tomorrow."
Far worse off was Mattias Ekstrom. The Swede broke the upper part of a damper on SS12, although this was later fixed in time during service: "Afterwards the right front drive shaft broke on the road section to SS13. We picked up 1:30 minutes of penalty time because we arrived late at the following time control. Obviously we lost even more time because of the mechanical problem itself, we had to complete three more stages without service. Nevertheless we'll try and improve our current position."
At the top of the field French world champion Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) continues to dominate the rally. He is 34.3 seconds ahead of his Spanish team mate Daniel Sordo and more than two minutes ahead of Finland's Marcus Gronholm (Ford). Manfred Stohl (Peugeot) is classified sixth after the second leg.