OMV driver Stohl in second place after 13 special stages OMV Peugeot Norway WRT is the surprise of the Wales Rally GB Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud also back again on manufacture-points course The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team continues...
OMV driver Stohl in second place after 13 special stages
OMV Peugeot Norway WRT is the surprise of the Wales Rally GB
Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud also back again on manufacture-points course
The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team continues driving on the fast lane at the "Wales Rally GB", the last run to the FIA World Rally Championship 2006. After day two the Austrian OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor lies in sensational second place. Their Norwegian teammates Henning Solberg and Cato Menkerud moved up from 14th to twelfth overall place. Now "all" Stohl has to do is to get the top result across the finish line at the last leg on Sunday. And Solberg promises to do his all to score points for the manufacture WRC.
Another SS best-time
Manfred Stohl's tactics seem to be working. The 34-year-old OMV driver kept his nerves on day two as well and continuously reached top times. Thus he put permanent pressure on Subaru works driver Petter Solberg (Nor) who had been in front of him after leg one and was able to wait for mistakes by the four-times Wales winner. Already during the first special stage of the day Solberg spun and dropped behind Stohl. During the following two special stages Solberg reconquered second place. His overall best-time on SS ten - the second one by the OMV Team at this rally - brought Stohl up to 0,8 seconds to Solberg once again. When the Norwegian former World Champion had to cut down on his speed due to steering problems the Austrian struck. Following day two he leads by almost 50 seconds on third place.
Stohl: "It was an extremely difficult day today since on the short special stages one can lose more than one can win. In the end luck was on our side. But there are still four long special stages to go on Sunday. But we should be able to get our lead on Solberg across the finish linge." Currently Ford works driver Marcus Gronholm (Fin) is in the lead.
Henning on the loose
Henning Solberg has gotten over his slip on Friday. The 33-year-old OMV driver attacked as predicted. And it payed off. Henning Solberg moved up from 14th to twelfth place. Now scoring a manufacture WRC-point is once again possible. Solberg: "We're far behind, of course. But this only motivates us to try our all to move up even further. Scoring a manufactuer WRC-point would be a nice finale. And obviously a SS best-time would be great, too. The special stages on Sunday should suit us."
A long day
112 special stage kilometres turn the final leg of the Wales Rally GB into one of the longest last-day legs in the rally WRC. Yet only four special stages will be completed (twice 28,99 and 27,11 kilometres respectively). The start is already at 06.40 local time. The first car is expected on the finish ramp in Cardiff at 15.41.