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Rally Sardinia: Red Bull Skoda leg one summary

Not a good start for Red Bull Skoda on the first day of Rally Sardinia Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Timo Gottschalk (GER) are classified in 14th position overall after two tyre failures - nevertheless a fine performance by the young man from ...

Not a good start for Red Bull Skoda on the first day of Rally Sardinia

Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Timo Gottschalk (GER) are classified in 14th position overall after two tyre failures - nevertheless a fine performance by the young man from Styria.

Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen (FIN) had to retire early in P18 due to transmission problems, the two Finns will restart tomorrow under SupeRally rules.

At the top, Marcus Gronholm leads world champion Sebastien Loeb by 35.4 seconds.

The drivers for Red Bull Skoda suffered from a lot of bad luck today at the start of the seventh WRC event in Sardinia. Both Andreas Aigner and Harri Rovanpera had their share of problems and consequently lost plenty of time.

Youngster Andreas Aigner was in big trouble early in SS 2: "Just 2.5 kilometres into the stage I had my first tyre failure, a short while later I noticed another puncture, I just managed to get to the stage finish with it. Since there were three stages in a row and we only had one spare on board, I had to complete the 22 kilometres of SS 3 with a blown tyre. That's where I lost most of my time. In the afternoon everything was back to normal, I felt confident at the wheel and was quite happy with the times I posted, after all it's my first time on pure gravel."

Harri Rovanpera returned to Olbia very disgruntled: "In the morning I caught up with Matthew Wilson on both SS 1 and SS 3, I lost some time this way. Why I couldn't go faster otherwise I'm not really sure myself, even though we changed the Fabia WRC's complete setup at service. On the penultimate stage I suffered from transmission troubles on top of that, the team management decided to stop ahead of time in order to prevent more serious damage, so I can restart tomorrow thanks to SupeRally regulations."

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Series WRC
Drivers Harri Rovanpera , Marcus Gronholm , Sébastien Loeb , Risto Pietilainen , Matthew Wilson , Andreas Aigner , Timo Gottschalk