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Rally New Zealand: OMV BIXXOL preview

OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams on the hunt for points Two OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams will be fighting for points in the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship at the "Rally New Zealand" from August 30 to September 2. Just like in Greece Slovenian...

OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams on the hunt for points

Two OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams will be fighting for points in the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship at the "Rally New Zealand" from August 30 to September 2. Just like in Greece Slovenian Andrej Jereb and co- driver Miran Kacin will be competing for the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team. Stepan Vojtech will be celebrating his comeback in the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team CZ. After almost four months he will be back behind the steering wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX by the tuning-wizards of Stohl-Racing. And both teams have one common goal: a place among the top-8 in the P-Car WRC.

Now it counts

The Rally New Zealand is of a very high importance to Andrej Jereb. Following Sweden and Greece it will be, after all, this year's last assignment of the Slovenian for the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team for the time being. And Jereb plans to make the most of it - for instance to score points in the P-Car WRC for the first time. Jereb: "The Rally New Zealand will be a very special one for me since it takes place at the other end of the world. Not to mention that the special stages will surely be faster than in Greece. I want to repeat my special stage results from the Rally Acropolis where we were fighting for a top place. It will be nevertheless very hard since, on the one hand, it is only our third gravel rally and, on the other hand, the P-Car WRC-field this year will be very strong and extremely unpredictable."

Increase points-score

Stepan Vojtech will also enter unchartered rally-territory down under. But the Czech OMV driver is highly motivated since he will be back in a rally car for the first time in almost four months. Following a sixth place and three WRC-points in Mexico the 30-year-old had had to resign himself to 16th place hin Argentina. In New Zealand he plans to increase his points- score. Vojtech: "Including New Zealand, Ireland and Wales we still have three rallies ahead of us. If we score permanently from now on at top-10- place in the P-Car WRC ranking is yet possible. And by sixth place in Mexico we have proven that we can keep up with the top. It may only be our eighth WRC-rally but we already feel at home in this circus."

354 special stage kilometres on 18 special stages

The Rally New Zealand will commence on Thursday (August 30) at 18.30 local time in Hamilton (140 kilometres south of Auckland). 18 special stage kilometres with a total length of 353,56 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (August 31 - September 2). The overall length measures exactly 1.255,98 kilometres. The finish line will be crossed on Sunday at 15.15 local time in Hamilton (Mystery Creek).

-credit: owrt.com

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