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Rally New Zealand: OMV Bixxol final summary

OMV BIXXOL Rally Team in top-10 At the "Rally New Zealand" the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team with Andrej Jereb and Miran Kacin has reached a career-best result within the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship. The Slovenian OMV pair finished their...

OMV BIXXOL Rally Team in top-10

At the "Rally New Zealand" the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team with Andrej Jereb and Miran Kacin has reached a career-best result within the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship. The Slovenian OMV pair finished their only third gravel rally in tenth overall place. Even though they didn't score points they nevertheless gathered valuable experience for the future. Stepan Vojtech and Michal Ernst of the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team CZ were less lucky. The Czech duo dropped out on the stage between SS 17 and SS 18 and had to retire.

A completely new experience

Andrej Jereb (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) has reached his primary goal at the Rally New Zealand. The Slovenian OMV driver crossed the finish line at this event which had been unchartered territory to him, and in tenth place in the P-Car WRC ranking, to boot. Which means that he surpassed his best result so far when he had finished eleventh in Greece this year. But this also concludes this year's WRC-schedule for Jereb in the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team. In Japan Bulgarian Claudiu David will be competing, who had already taken part in the WRC-run in Argentina. Jereb: "It was a wonderful and new experience which has given me very much personally. Just to finish in New Zealand when competing for the first time is a success. I think that we made great progress on gravel. And I also think that we did a good job for the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team."

No happy ending

Unfortunately, there was to be no happy ending for the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team CZ. Stepan Vojtech and Michal Ernst weren't able to finish the Rally New Zealand and had to give up between the next to last and last special stage. Priot to that the second tyre damage this weekend on special stage 17 had already cost over six minutes.

Lucky Arai

In the overall ranking in the P-Car WRC Toshi Arai (Jap/Subaru Impreza WRX STi) celebrated his second victory this season following his win in Greece. The old hand from Japan and Niall McShea (GB/Subaru Impreza WRX STi) had a close infight to the last similar to the one between Grönholm and Loeb in the overall ranking. Arai took the lead by 0,6 seconds prior to the finale and extended it to 2,9 seconds over McShea on the spuer special in Mystery Creek. In the WRC-ranking Arai has a superior and almost uncatchable lead of 39 points after five of eight runs (only six results count) since second- placed Brit Marc Higgins is already 24 points behind. Local hero Richard Mason secured third place in the P-Car WRC at his home rally.

-credit: owrt.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Niall McShea , Stepan Vojtech , Michal Ernst , Claudiu David