A New Hope for the OMV Kronos Citroen WRT The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team is ready to take off once again following the almost two months long summer break. The "Neste Oil Rally Finland" marks the beginning of the second half of the FIA...
A New Hope for the OMV Kronos Citroen WRT
The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team is ready to take off once again following the almost two months long summer break. The "Neste Oil Rally Finland" marks the beginning of the second half of the FIA World Rally Championship. And Manfred Stohl has big plans for the remainder of the season. The kick-off was marked by 100 kilometres of testing in the Finnish woods on Monday. Testing that wet the appetite of the OMV driver - even though the Rally Finland is a tough place for non-Scandinavians.
One step forward
The summer break didn't mean a holiday for the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team. During the last two months all things possible were done to improve the car - culminating in one day of testing on gravel surface in the Finnish woods on Monday. Thereby the OMV duo Stohl/Minor was able to get acquainted with the modifications. Stohl: "Everything went very well. We completed 100 problem-free kilometres. It is, of course, diffcult to draw a comparison at the moment but we definitely should be one or two tenths of a second faster now. This boosts our motivation."
A highlight of the rally calendar
The Rally Finland is more than just one more run to the FIA World Rally Championship for OMV driver Manfred Stohl. It is the highlight of the rally calendar. This in spite of the fact that there is little to win for non- Scandinavians - as statistics prove. Since 1970 only 20 out of 111 podium places went to someone else than a Finn, Swede or Norwegian. And only three non-Scandinavians (Carlos Sainz/Spa, Didier Auriol/Fra, Markko Martin/Est) were victorious during 37 runs. Record-winner is Marcus Gronholm, who won no less than six out of the seven last rallies. Stohl: "Finland is incomparable. It is a combination of high speed and a lot of jumps. Here you probably have to go much closer to your limit than anywhere else. And the strong Scandinavian presence makes a WRC-point count almost twice as much. But we are ready to meet this challenge and definitely want to score points."
Already EUR 76.560 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 eight WRC-runs completed so far, Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor have already taken in 76.560 Euro overall. In Finland further 7.240 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.
362 special stage kilometres on 23 special stages
The Neste Rally Finland will commence on Thursday (August 2) with a super-special-stage in Killeri at 20.00 (local time). 22 further special stages with an overall length of 362,26 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (August 3 - 5). The overall length measures exactly 1.382,53 kilometres. The finish line will be crossed on Sunday (August 5) at 13.30 (local time) in Jyvaskyla.
This is Finland
Area: 338.000 sq km @Population: 5.147.000 inhabitants @Population
density: 17 people per sq km @Capital: Helsinki (551.000 inhabitants)
Finland is independent since 1917. @Finland has 187.888 lakes. @It is a full member of the European Union since 1995.