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Rally New Zealand: OMV BIXXOL leg one summary

Light and shadows for OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team with Andrej Jereb and Miran Kacin is satisfied with the first day of the "Rally New Zealand" so far. Since the Slovenian OMV duo ist at the other end of the world for the ...

Light and shadows for OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams

The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team with Andrej Jereb and Miran Kacin is satisfied with the first day of the "Rally New Zealand" so far. Since the Slovenian OMV duo ist at the other end of the world for the first time, the fifth run to the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship was taken up as a learning experience. Therefore 13th intermediate place in the P-Car WRC is quite okay. For the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team CZ it was a short pleasure, though. During the first special stage Stepan Vojtech and Michal Ernst slipped off the road and weren't able to get back onto the course again. Luckily the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX remained undamaged for a restart on Saturday.

Deliver a good performance

Andrej Jereb (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) knew already prior to the start of the Rally New Zealand that it would be a tough job. After all, it is only the third gravel-rally for the Slovenian OMV driver. The first two were completed in Greece. And that WRC-run has little in common with the one here in Kiwi country. Therefore 13th place in the P-Car WRC intermediate standings counts as a small success. Jereb: "We certainly didn't come here to compete with the P-Car WRC top. We lack the expereince on gravel for that. But we are learning by the kilometre. We are here to deliver a good performance and not to risk too much and damage the car. I'm sure that we will take another step forward on Saturday."

Short pleasure

The first day of the OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams CZ lasted only for a few kilometres. Stepan Vojtech and Michal Ernst slipped off the road during the first special stage already. And due to the very wet conditions on Friday morning it was impossible to get the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX back onto the road. Vojtech: "It was a highly unfortunate situation. We approached a turn and saw a lot of tracks which pointed into different directions. And when we realised where we should be headed it was too late already. Sometimes one has to learn the hard way, it seems. Fortunately the car remained completely undamaged which means that we can start once more on Saturday. WRC-points, though, are out of reach after this incident."

-credit: omv

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Series WRC
Drivers Stepan Vojtech , Michal Ernst