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Rally Mexico: OMV Kronos final summary

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT wins three WRC-points *Stohl/Minor finish in very good sixth place at Rally Mexico *Highlight were two special stage best-times The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team can be highly pleased with the "Corona Rally ...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT wins three WRC-points

*Stohl/Minor finish in very good sixth place at Rally Mexico

*Highlight were two special stage best-times

The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team can be highly pleased with the "Corona Rally Mexico", the fourth run to the FIA World Rally Championship. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor finished in very good sixth place. Thereby an improvement as compared to the works teams was noticeable. While last year the distance to the top amounted to about one second per kilometre it was halved this time around. Additionally the OMV driver is obviously also happy about a successful gravel premiere with the Citroen Xsara WRC.

Something to build on

At the Rally Mexico Manfred Stohl has shown that one has to reckon with him on loose surface. After three almost trouble-free days the 34-year-old OMV driver finished the first gravel run of this season in excellent sixth overall place. And the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team also impressed with two best-times. Stohl: "The one on the longest special stage on day one makes me especially happy. There we proved that we can keep up with the fastest. I am convinced that in the future we will be able to improve our consistency and reach top times over a longer period." The brake problems of the Citroen, which had troubled the Austrian during the first three runs, seem to have been resolved. "It is very comforting to score points again. The next four rallies until the summer break will be completed on gravel. That makes me very confident for the WRC ranking, as well ", explains last year's WRC fourth-placed.

Potential was fully tapped

According to OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team Principal Marc van Dalen, his charge has fully tapped the potential: "One has to state clearly that we were the best M2-Team here. Only drivers from absolute works teams are in front of us. I am especially pleased by Manfred's relative time- improvement as compared to the top. Last year he lost approximately one second per kilometre. Now it is only 0,5 seconds." The Team Manager of 2006 is equally pleased with the development in the manufacture World Championship: "Even though we only competed with one car here we were able to keep the distance to Stobart and only lost one point on the Subaru works team. In Portugal Daniel Carlsson will rejoin the team. Then we can ride a full attack."

Anniversary for Loeb

In Mexico Sebastien Loeb (Citroen C4 WRC) set another milestone in rally history. The 33-year-old Frenchman celebrated his 30th victory in the FIA World Rally Championship, thereby repeating last year's win. Following Petter Solberg's (Nor/Subaru Impreza WRC2007) retirement Loeb took the lead on the sixth special stage and kept it right to the finish line. After problems during leg one, Marcus Gronholm (Fin/Ford Focus WRC) started a race to catch up well worth seeing and finally secured second place ahead of countryman and teammmate Mikko Hirvonen. In the WRC intermediate ranking Gronhom leads by four points on Loeb and further two points on Hirvonen. Five points overall mean that OMV driver Manfred Stohl has now moved up into the top-10.

-credit: omv kronos

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