OMV driver Manfred Stohl has fond memories of Mexico
o OMV Kronos Citroen WRT prior to first gravel run this season
o Stohl/Minor want to repeat last year's result
o Over EUR 34.000 already in the OMV Move & Help-pot
For the first time this year the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team will travel overseas. The "Corona Rally Mexico" is the fourth run to the FIA World Rally Championship 2007 and the first event this season to be held on gravel. The OMV driver's favourite surface, his third overall place and the victory of Kronos-Racing with Sebastien Loeb last year motivate the whole OMV Kronos Citroen WRT: a podium place is the professed goal. The OMV duo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor will compete without teammates this time around but due to the new FIA-regulation they can also score in the manufacture ranking.
Mexico is different
In Mexico OMV driver Manfred Stohl can finally compete once again on his favourite surface, gravel. Last year he was able to take third place at this comparatively new WRC-run (fourth edition in 2007). Therefore the 34- year-old Austrian is very much looking forward to the event. Stohl: "It definitely is going to be very interesting. I am especially curious as to the relative strength on gravel. In any case, I am prepared for everything. And your self-confidence is obviously very high when you know that you've already reached the podium here."
One decisive factor in Mexico will be the altitude. The rally will be completed between 1.500 and 2.700 metres sea level. Calculations show that the engine loses approximately one percent engine power per 100 metres altitude difference. "That doesn't bother me. It is for the engineers to worry and, besides, it is the same for all teams ", explains OMV driver Stohl. Yet he has to do without a gravel test since these are not allowed for entered WRC-teams according to FIA regulations.
EUR 34.460 already 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 three completed WRC- runs so far, Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor as well as Daniel Carlsson/Denis Giraudet have already taken in 34.460 Euro. In Mexico further 7.320 Euro could be gained. 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.
366 kilometres on 20 special stages
The Corona Rally Mexico will commence on Thursday (March 8) at 19.30 local time with a ceremonial start in Guanajuato. 20 special stages with a length of 366,06 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (March 9 to 11). The overall distance measures exactly 849,55 kilometres. The rally will be completed to 100 percent on gravel.
This is Mexico
Area: 1.972.550 sq km; Population: 105.149.950 inhabitants; Population density: 53 people per sq km; Capital: Mexico City (8.659.410 inhabitants); The rally centre Leon lies approximately one flight hour north of Mexico City and has almost one million inhabitants. The offical language in Mexico is Spanish but there are also over 80 indigenous languages in existence. Mexico is a federal constitutional republic since 1917.
-credit: omv kronos