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Rally Portugal: OMV Kronos leg two summary

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT in top-10 * Daniel Carlsson/Denis Giraudet finish second leg in eighth place * Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor move up to tenth place Despite recurring problems the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team finished the second day of...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT in top-10

* Daniel Carlsson/Denis Giraudet finish second leg in eighth place
* Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor move up to tenth place

Despite recurring problems the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team finished the second day of the "Vodafone Rally de Portugal" within the top-10. Daniel Carlsson/Denis Giraudet (Swe/Fra) lie in eighth place in the intermediate standings and are only 6,6 seconds behind and therefore within striking distance to Henning Solberg (Nor). Following a spin in the morning, Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor (A) fought their way back into the top-10 and finished the second leg of the fifth run to the FIA World Rally Championship 2007 in tenth place.

Scoring points is the goal

In the afternoon of day two of the Rally Portugal Daniel Carlsson once again had to fight with missing grip at the Citroen Xsara WRC. But just like in the morning the Swede of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team reached satisfying times and kept a place within scoring ranks. In the end it was eighth intermediate place in the overall ranking at the finish of leg two for the OMV driver. Which raises expectations for the final day since Carlsson/Giraudet are only 6,6 seconds behind Henning Solberg. Thus the OMV driver plans to ride an attack on Sunday: "Henning and I perform on the same level. It will be a hot fight tomorrow. And I definitely want to reconquer seventh place." For Carlsson absolutely wants to score points for the third time in a row for the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team.

Re-entering top-10

The differential problems that had haunted Manfred Stohl during the morning of day two also stuck to him during the three special stages of the afternoon. All this despite the fact that the gearbox of the Citroen Xsara WRC had been exchanged during the noon service. Therefore the 34-year-old OMV driver wasn't able to keep up with the speed at the top. Still, after having dropped out of the top-10 to eleventh place on the tenth special stage of the morning, the OMV driver managed to overtake Andreas Mikkelsen on SS 12 and finish the second day of the Portugal Rally in tenth overall place. "Now it is paramount to us to finish the rally and to get to know the special stages", said Manfred Stohl about his goals for the final day.

-credit: omv kronos

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Series WRC
Drivers Daniel Carlsson , Manfred Stohl , Denis Giraudet , Henning Solberg , Ilka Minor , Andreas Mikkelsen
Teams Citroën World Rally Team