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Rally of Turkey: OMV Peugeot Norway preview

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT ready for "Rally of Turkey" o Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor are confident for premiere o Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud want to reach top five o New objective for manufacture ranking The OMV Peugeot Norway World...

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT ready for "Rally of Turkey"

o Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor are confident for premiere

o Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud want to reach top five

o New objective for manufacture ranking

The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally has every reason to be satisfied with the FIA World Rally Championship 2006 so far. Both drivers are in the top ten of the intermediate driver ranking - Manfred Stohl in fifth and Henning Solberg in eighth place. In the manufacture ranking they are in the lead of the M2-teams since the beginning of the season. But now there is a new objective for the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team: to replace the Subaru works team in third place in the manufacture ranking until year's end. Despite the fact that it is a premiere for the Austrian OMV duo in Turkey, the team wants to prove from October 12 to 15 that strategy and continuity pay off in rallying.

Slow average speed helps in unchartered territory

Manfred Stohl now faces the last premiere during his first complete season in the FIA World Rally Championship. There is only one run of the ones on the calendar during recent years that the 34-year-old OMV driver hasn't yet competed in - the Rally of Turkey. But he nevertheless keeps his cool. His continuity and the chosen strategies have already payed off more than once during this year. Stohl: "Each new rally is a challenge, of course. But I don't think that we will have any problems. Compared to Japan, where I also premiered this year, the stages in Turkey are rather slow. That helps to find your rhythm faster. Furthermore, the difference to the Cyprus Rally doesn't seem to be too big - therefore a few WRC-points should be well possible." Still, more work will come Ilka Minor's way. Says the co-driver of the OMV duo: "A new rally means about 30 percent additional work since the pace notes have to be written completely new. So there are going to be very long nights during the recce."

Henning Solberg is ready to fight

Only a place among the top five in Turkey counts for Henning Solberg. Even more: the Norwegian of the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team wants to reach the podium for the first time in his career. He knows the Rally of Turkey but hardly remembers it. Last year he finished in eleventh overall place and had to wrestle serious problems at the end of day two. Solberg: "I really don't remember it that well. But I like this rally and I'm sure that I can be very fast there. Furthermore, Bozian-Racing promised me an excellently prepared car for Turkey." He feels sympathy for Sebastien Loeb who has broken his upper arm while mountain biking. Solberg: "It is very sad. It is a pity that Seb (Loeb) can't compete in Turkey. I can very well imagine how he must feel. I broke a leg during a fun cart race in 1999. You just don't think that such a thing can happen so suddenly."

Higher goal in manufacture ranking

The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team lies in fourth place in the manufacture ranking with 59 points. Which means that they are the best M2- team. But Bozian-Racing still isn't content. Now they want to put serious pressure on the Subaru World Rally Team, which stands at 79 points, during the last four runs. Statistics are definitely in favour of the OMV Team. During the eight rallies so far that both OMV Peugeot Norway and Subaru competed in, Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg together scored 59 points. Subaru only won 52 points. "Sometimes one has to aim for higher goals in order to motivate the whole team. Because of the regulation we mustn't change anything at the Peugeot 307 since the beginning of the season but the performance curve of Manfred (Stohl) and Henning (Solberg) is definitely in our favour. I am sure that we all together will make this work out ", says OMV Peugeot Norway Team Manager Jacky Bozian.

351 SS-kilometres on 19 special stages

The Rally of Turkey will commence on Thursday, October 12 at 19.45 with a ceremonial start in Antalya. 351,01 special stage kilometres, divided into 19 special stages, are scheduled from Friday (13.10) to Sunday (15.10). The overall length of the rally measures 1.201,85 kilometres. The finish line will be crossed on Sunday at 13.06 (first car) in Kemer. (All particulars: local time Turkey)

-credit: omv peugeot norway

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Series WRC
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Manfred Stohl , Henning Solberg , Cato Menkerud , Ilka Minor