MARCUS GRONHOLM TARGETS THE PODIUM On the evening of leg two of the Rally d'Italia-Sardinia, the two Peugeot drivers took one more step towards the podium finishes they both hope to achieve tomorrow. Marcus Gronholm ends the day in fourth place,...
MARCUS GRONHOLM TARGETS THE PODIUM
On the evening of leg two of the Rally d'Italia-Sardinia, the two Peugeot drivers took one more step towards the podium finishes they both hope to achieve tomorrow. Marcus Gronholm ends the day in fourth place, having started the leg in seventh just behind his team mate Markko Martin, who ends today fifth.
Marcus made a massive fightback throughout the day, taking 50 seconds out of his compatriot Harri Rovanpera in the Mitsubishi in front of him. Both Marcus and Markko did an excellent job to look after their tyres and exploit their capabilities to the maximum under difficult conditions.
Marcus Gronholm: "It's been a good day, and I hope it will get even better tomorrow. I've had a good feeling with the car and the tyres, although these stages do not get any easier! The car has been entirely reliable and I have had enough confidence to push hard. In many ways this makes me regret my accident of yesterday: without that I think we could have been pushing for victory. But a podium finish is still a good result and that will be my aim."
Markko Martin: "I tried some new set-ups today which seemed to work well, by adjusting the shock absorbers and the ride height. I've learnt a lot about the car and they tyres today and the fight with Marcus is certainly looking interesting! The key to this rally has been staying out of trouble: so far we have managed to achieve that but we have to keep maximum concentration tomorrow."
Jean-Pierre Nicolas: "After Marcus's accident we made a plan of action with the aim of seeing him finish on the podium. His gap to Harri Rovanpera means that he has to take two-tenths of a second per kilometre, which is well within his grasp. Markko Martin needs to take three tenths of a second per kilometre to claim fourth place. We've had no mechanical problems with the cars and have only had to change shock absorbers and brake discs. Our goal of finishing third and fourth tomorrow is perfectly achievable."