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Rally of Great Britain: Red Bull Skoda final summary

Red Bull Skoda is able to secure another manufacturers' point with the Fabia WRC in the 2006 season finale in Wales The Red Bull Skoda was able to celebrate a positive end to this year's rally season at the final WRC event in Wales.

Red Bull Skoda is able to secure another manufacturers' point with the Fabia WRC in the 2006 season finale in Wales

The Red Bull Skoda was able to celebrate a positive end to this year's rally season at the final WRC event in Wales. Despite Andreas Aigner's early retirement on the first day, Finland's Harri Rovanpera achieved P9 in the final standings, which was rewarded with one point for the manufacturers' world championship.

But Harri still was not entirely happy at the finish in Cardiff, even though he clinched his best result of the season for the team: "I believe I was going rather quickly. This rally in Britain suits me, that's where I got my best results so far. Nevertheless I feel that a little bit more could have been possible, unfortunately I lost some time on Saturday afternoon because of a lack of grip. But I achieved my objective to bring home my best result for our team in Wales."

Andreas Aigner, who bowed out of the rally on the fifth stage of the first day by rolling his Fabia WRC twice, has already recovered from this incident. "Of course a retirement at the end of the season is far from ideal, but I have already gotten over it. Otherwise this season was a very positive one from my point of view. My sixth place in Germany was the highlight, but I was also pleased with some of the top ten times that I set on various special stages during the season. That's why I can look to the future very positively."

The two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz can also be satisfied with the achievements of the season: "First of all we want to congratulate Harri on his ninth place finish here in Wales. After all we gained another point for the manufacturers' world championship. Andreas' retirement is painful for sure, but occasionally this happens in the sport of rallying. Apart from that we can give a positive summary. With the assistance of everyone involved we managed to reach a level of performance that was absolutely essential to reduce the per kilometre gap to the front runners a little for both Fabia WRCs. We hope to be able to announce exact details concerning the future of the Red Bull Skoda Team next week."

A trouble-free run in Wales for Ford's Marcus Gronholm meant that the Finn celebrated his seventh win of the season, his victory never being in doubt. From an Austrian point of view, it was nice to see Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor (Peugeot) validating their recent accomplishments by coming home second behind Gronholm. Norway's Petter Solberg finished third in a Subaru. Sebastien Loeb had already been crowned world champion in Australia.

-credit: red bull skoda

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Series WRC
Drivers Harri Rovanpera , Marcus Gronholm , Sébastien Loeb , Manfred Stohl , Andreas Aigner , Raimund Baumschlager