Peugeot Drivers Fight On! Both Marcus Gronholm and Harri Rovanpera have hit problems on the second leg of Rally Mexico -- but neither driver is giving up the fight. Marcus ends the day sixth after suffering a power steering failure in the ...
Peugeot Drivers Fight On!
Both Marcus Gronholm and Harri Rovanpera have hit problems on the second leg of Rally Mexico -- but neither driver is giving up the fight.
Marcus ends the day sixth after suffering a power steering failure in the morning, while Harri is 16th as a result of a broken steering arm on the third stage of the day.
Today's action consisted of six stages split into two groups of three. Conditions were dry and hot, with the rough and rocky stages claiming several high-profile victims. Marcus started the day confident of challenging for the lead, but 12 kilometres into the first stage, he felt the power steering fail. He had to tackle a further 70 competitive kilometres with no power steering before the problem was fixed at service. He dropped to sixth, and was robbed of the chance to make up time by a hydraulic failure on the final stage of the day.
Marcus said: "It was very frustrating to have all these problems as I am sure that we could have been challenging for the lead otherwise. We've all got to work hard to make sure that none of these failures happen again. It was an extremely difficult morning and my arms felt very sore, but the afternoon was a bit better until the hydraulics failed on the road section before the final stage. This meant that we had no differential pressure for the last stage and we also had to use the manual gear-change. Things can only get better tomorrow !"
Harri started the day in a strong fifth position, but his chances of success were spoilt by a broken steering arm on the third stage of the day. The steering arm broke as a result of a fractured uniball, and Harri was forced to stop and remove the wheel in order to continue. This cost him 16 minutes. He had a trouble-free run through the afternoon's stages, and is aiming to maximise his experience of the 307 WRC.
Harri said: "It was a real pity, as the steering arm broke without warning on a right-hand corner. We spoke to our engineers who told us to remove the wheel, and then we were able to limp out of the stage. But 16 minutes is too much time to lose, so now it is a question of gaining as much experience of the car as possible, in order to help us for the future. We've also got a few things to test tomorrow. When we have no problems the car feels very good, and I think we have shown that we have the pace to run near the front"
Tomorrow's final leg of the Rally Mexico consists of six stages, once more split into two groups of three. The first car has an early start from Leon at 0630, and the winner is expected on the finish ramp at 1430.