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Rally New Zealand: OMV Kronos preview

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT hungry for success The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has no intention of resting on its laurels. Following Francois Duval's second place in Germany Manfred Stohl now plans to take care of a top result on gravel. An...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT hungry for success

The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has no intention of resting on its laurels. Following Francois Duval's second place in Germany Manfred Stohl now plans to take care of a top result on gravel. An opportunity to achieve this will present itself from August 30 to September 2 at the "Rally New Zealand". The more so since it constitutes the favourite event of the 35- year-old OMV driver.

Top-5 are possible

Manfred Stohl will depart for New Zealand with very good feelings. Following the exceptional special stage times at the Rally Finland at the beginning of the month the OMV driver is convinced that he will be able to compete for a top result in the Citroen Xsara WRC at the eleventh run to the FIA World Rally Championship. Stohl: "Duval has proven in Germany what is possible when everything comes together perfectly. A podium place may be extremely difficult to reach in New Zealand but a result among the top-5 is possible. I at least will do my all to make my fans proud of me once again."

A good patch

OMV duo Stohl/Minor have already celebrated great successes at the Rally New Zealand. After three victories in group N their crowning achievment came last year with third overall place. Stohl: "New Zealand is my favourite rally. That is especially due to the surface of the roads. The slippery gravel on very hard ground suits my style of driving and, to me, is the epitome of rallying. Additionally you're in what's probably the most beautiful landscape in the world. With that comes further motivation."

Already EUR 90.240 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 ten WRC-runs completed so far, Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor, Daniel Carlsson/Denis Giraudet and most recently in Germany Francois Duval/Patrick Pivato as well have already taken in 90.240 Euro overall. In New Zealand further 7.080 Euro are at stake since only Manfred Stohl will carry the colours of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team. 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.

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).

This is New Zealand

Area: 270.534 sq km
Population: 3,939 mio. inhabitants (75% Europeans, 10% Maori, 5% Polynesians)
Population density: 15 people per sq km
Largest cities: Auckland (1.074.500 people), Wellington (339.700 people), Christchurch (334.100 people)
Political system: Parlamentarian Democracy, no written constitution.

-credit: owrt.com

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