Harri Scores Points For Peugeot Peugeot driver Harri Rovanpera has finished sixth on the Rally Great Britain, scoring valuable points for himself and Peugeot. The Finn was held back by problems on the opening day but fought back to a ...
Harri Scores Points For Peugeot
Peugeot driver Harri Rovanpera has finished sixth on the Rally Great Britain, scoring valuable points for himself and Peugeot.
The Finn was held back by problems on the opening day but fought back to a points-scoring place, despite being disadvantaged by his road position in constantly changing conditions. Britain's round of the World Championship has moved to September this year but intermittent rain was still a constant feature of the event, making tyre choice extremely difficult. Harri was locked in a fierce battle for sixth over the last day of the event, and showed his determination by sealing the position with some quick times on the final leg.
Harri said: "This has not been an easy event for me: it was difficult to find a good pace on the opening day, and on the second day we were affected quite badly by the weather. But as the event went on I became more comfortable with the car and we were able to set some quite encouraging times, thanks also to some good tyre choices. My priority on this rally was to finish and score some points for Peugeot, and I am pleased that we achieved that."
Unfortunately his team mate Marcus Gronholm was not so lucky, despite challenging for the lead over the opening day of the rally. Marcus was poised to make his move on the second day, but was unfortunately distracted by a warning light on his dashboard on SS10. He cut a left-hand corner as normal, but behind a straw bale on the inside of the corner was a metal pole, which broke the front suspension of his Peugeot.
Daniel Carlsson was another retirement, sliding off on a corner which he approached slightly too quickly on the opening day. The car slithered into a ditch, but there were not enough spectators to help push Daniel out. However, the young Swede started the subsequent two days under the trial of the new Super Rally system, which allows retired cars to re-join. Making his debut in the 307 WRC, he learnt a lot more about the car and set some encouraging times.
Peugeot Sport team principal Corrado Provera commented: "Another event where we missed out on podium. It seems that fate is really against us at the moment. The pity is that the car clearly has the potential, as the times that Daniel set showed. Let's hope for better luck in Italy."
The World Rally Championship resumes in two weeks time, with the Rally d'Italia-Sardinia. The all-new gravel event, from October 1-3, is round 13 of the series. Harri Rovanpera has previously won in Sardinia, and will be looking to repeat his achievement when the World Championship moves to Italy.