Petter Solberg third after day 2 in Portugal
Day 2 in Portugal is done, Petter and Phil has climbed on the overall classification and is now in third place. Sebastien Ogier is still leading the rally and Sebastien Loeb is second. Jari-Matti Latvala went off the road on the second stage of the day and had to retire.
- Just before the two final stages of the day everything were perfect, says Petter Solberg. - I was just seconds adrift of Loeb and the tyres were not so bad, but on SS12 one tyre just delaminated and then I had to push a little less to make sure we could make trough the rest of the day. 50 seconds behind Ogier and 30 seconds up to Loeb is a bit more than I wanted, but there is still 5 more stages to go tomorrow and we will not give up!
Tyre wear were the big issue on the second day here in Portugal. Because of the abrasiveness of the surface, it's easy to pick up a puncture - or like Petter experienced, the tyre can just delaminate. With only one or two spares in the car, you need to be careful and constantly watch the condition of the tires.
Rally Portugal continues with 5 more stages on Sunday, and Petter Solberg will be car number three on the road. First stage starts 0648hrs (local time).
-source: petter solberg