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Rally of Turkey: OMV Peugeot leg one summary

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT on course for podium Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud in 4th place after day one Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor hope for a better second leg The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is represented by one team in the absolute top...

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT on course for podium
Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud in 4th place after day one
Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor hope for a better second leg

The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is represented by one team in the absolute top field - Henning Solberg and Cato Menkerud. The Norwegian OMV duo lies in fourth place after leg one. They are only 0,7 seconds behind a place on the podium. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor got off to a worse start. Following problems in the beginning they nevertheless fought their way up to current ninth overall place. Their goal is to score points which should be possible if the course dries up.

Duel with brother gives wings

Henning Solberg is on the scent at the "Rally of Turkey". The Norwegian of the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is getting faster by each special stage and involved in a spectacular infight with his brother Petter (Subaru Impreza WRC). After the first day he lies in fourth overall place. But Ford works driver Mikko Hirvonen (Fin) is only 0,7 seconds ahead of him. Chances for the first podium place of his career were never better. Solberg: "The duel with my brother gives me wings. Today we already achieved two second- best overall times. Too bad that three special stages were cancelled and one was abridged today. For these conditions really suit us."

Things can only get better

Manfred Stohl was anything but satisfied with conditions on Friday - which showed in the times. But following problems in the beginning, the Austrian OMV driver nevertheless worked his way up during the day from eleventh to ninth place. Stohl: "We are not satisfied with our performance. The right feeling is also missing. Sometimes I think that we're on a good way but the times speak a different language. And there is also the problem that we can't optimally accelerate out of the turns. Right now we hope that things will be better on Saturday. If the course dries up this should work out."

On Saturday seven special stages are scheduled with a length of 147,11 kilometres. The start will be at 08.00 in Kemer where, in turn, the first car is expected back at the leg finish at about 20.31.

-credit: omv peugeot norway

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Series WRC
Drivers Manfred Stohl , Mikko Hirvonen , Henning Solberg , Cato Menkerud , Ilka Minor