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Rally New Zealand: OMV Peugeot Norway leg two summary

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT fights for top result On the second day of the "Propecia Rally New Zealand" the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team can rejoice with Manfred Stohl. The 34-year-old Austrian fought a duel well worth seeing with Citroen...

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT fights for top result

On the second day of the "Propecia Rally New Zealand" the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team can rejoice with Manfred Stohl. The 34-year-old Austrian fought a duel well worth seeing with Citroen works driver Dani Sordo (Spa) and finally overtook him on the ninth special stage. Thus the OMV driver lies in third place after eleven of 17 special stages. Henning Solberg was less lucky. The Norwegian overturned on the tenth special stage and thereby lost over 14 minutes.

A true tyre lottery

The second day of the Rally New Zealand definitely didn't begin according to plan for Manfred Stohl. Weather forecast had predicted light rain. But when the OMV duo Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor was about to take up the first special stage of the day torrential rains started to pour down which were to last the whole morning. In lieu of catching up to Dani Sordo they suddenly found themselves twelve seconds behind instead of two. Stohl: "We had the wrong tyres. So it didn't make sense to attack recklessly since the danger of literally taking off was too great." But new dampers and softer tyres soon improved the situation. He was able to catch up already on the first special stage on Saturday afternoon and even managed to expand his lead during the next SS. Thus the OMV driver once again has reached a podium place following day two. Stohl: "Suddenly everything went smoothly. We were able to keep up a very high pace. But there is still a very tough day ahead. We definitely mustn't ease up on Sunday."

Third-best time without windscreen

Henning Solberg's hunt for Petter Solberg ended on special stage ten. After the 33-year-old OMV driver had made up over half a minute on his younger brother and had secured seventh place he overturned shortly after the start of SS 10. Solberg: "It happened in a left turn. We got too far on the outside and rolled down over an embankment. Since we ended up lying on the roof fans had to help us set the car right again. That took a long while." The Norwegian OMV driver took up the race again without a windscreen but nevertheless managed to reach third-best overall time on the last special stage of the day (super stage in Mystery Creek). Solberg dropped back to 14th place in the overall ranking. But one or more manufacture WRC points are still possible.

95,48 SS-kilometres on Sunday

The stand out event of the final day of the "Propecia Rally New Zealand" will definitely be the famous Whaange Coast special stage. Among drivers the 29,82 kilometres long SS counts as one of the five most beautiful courses in the world. Almost half of it leads alongside the sea. Overall six special stages with a length of 95,48 kilometres are scheduled. The finish line will be crossed at 15.00 Uhr (local time) at the service park at Mystery Creek.

-credit: omv peugeot norway

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Series WRC
Drivers Petter Solberg , Manfred Stohl , Henning Solberg , Ilka Minor
Teams Citroën World Rally Team