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Rally of Turkey: OMV Peugeot leg two summary

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT on podium after day two It could be another magic moment for the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team at the "Rally of Turkey". After day two the Norwegian OMV duo Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud lies in sensational third ...

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT on podium after day two

It could be another magic moment for the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team at the "Rally of Turkey". After day two the Norwegian OMV duo Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud lies in sensational third place. Should this still be true on Sunday it would mean the second podium place, after Mexico (Manfred Stohl), for the team and Bozian-Racing. But there are still three special stages to go and considering the varying conditions in Turkey a lot could yet happen. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor are also still fighting for WRC-points. The decision will fall on Sunday -- and depend on the weather conditions.

Hard work still ahead

Henning Solberg is about to fulfill is dreams. The Norwegian of the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team lies in sensational third overall place after the second day of the Rally of Turkey. Following a nearly faultless second leg he finally also profited by the retirement of his brother Petter. Third place would already be Solberg's best career-result but even second place is still possible. He is only 40,4 seconds behind Ford works driver Mikko Hirvonen. Solberg: "There is still a lot of hard work ahead. Especially when it rains since we only have used rain tyres and Atkinson is just 18,4 seconds behind us. But we are determined not to let the podium slip away. We're on track and know that we can get there under our own steam."

WRC-points are realistic goal

Meanwhile Manfred Stohl does see some positive aspects of the Rally of Turkey. Even though the second day didn't go according to the wishes of the OMV driver, as well, he nevertheless will enter the third leg in ninth position. Stohl can only wonder at Saturday's events: "We had to deal with absolutely everything. First dry conditions, then rain and finally even snowfall. And when the windscreen washer system went dry on us on the 15th special stage I had to think a long time whether I had ever encountered anything the like at this time of season. And, no, I can't remember anything the like." His success will in the end depend on the weather, just like his OMV Teammate's Henning Solberg. For Manfred Stohl also disposes of only a used set of rain tyres. While only 9,5 seconds are missing on WRC-points, Dani Sordo (Spa/Citroen Xsara WRC) is just 6,3 seconds behind the Austrian, on the other hand. Stohl: "I hope the weather forecast will prove right and the sun will shine on Sunday. That would definitely heighten our chances."

Gronholm close to "obligatory" victory

Marcus Gronholm (Ford Focus WRC) is close to the first of four "obligatory" victories if he wants to catch Sebastien Loeb (Fra/Citroen Xsara WRC), currently injured, in the World Championship. The Finn leads after two days of the Rally of Turkey by over two minutes on his teammate and countryman Mikko Hirvonen. Petter Solberg's (Subaru Impreza WRC) bad luck has made winning a little easier for Gronholm. For, up to his retirement, the Norwegian had continuosly caught up and been only 30 seconds behind.

Three special stages with an overall length of 50,96 kilometres are scheduled for Sunday. The first car will drive over the finish ramp at 13:06 (local time) in Kemer.

-credit: omv

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