Janne Tuohino and Armin Schwarz retired from day two of Rally Italia-Sardinia although, under the 2005 regulations, they remain classified in 12th and 16th places respectively this evening and Janne is still in the championship points ...
Janne Tuohino and Armin Schwarz retired from day two of Rally Italia-Sardinia although, under the 2005 regulations, they remain classified in 12th and 16th places respectively this evening and Janne is still in the championship points positions.
Over today's first three stages Armin maintained his overnight position and was comfortably inside the championship points when he was forced to stop 8kms into SS10.
Janne was forced to run first on the slippery and sandy roads today and initially slipped down the order before climbing back up the leaderboard when the stages were used for the second time. However he left the road 2kms from the end of SS11 and decided it was better to stop rather than lose more time by trying to regain the road and complete the stage.
The final leg of the rally is run to the west of the port of Olbia and features six stages (66.32kms) with no service break between them, forcing drivers to play a careful tactical game to preserve their tyres on the abrasive surfaces. The rally finishes on the marina front in Porto Rotundo, north of Olbia at 1430.
Armin Schwarz: "We had a problem with the gearshift on SS9 but it seemed OK at the start of the next stage although it seemed to be taking longer to make changes. After 6kms the clutch started to slip and one kilometre later it caught fire and we had to stop. I'm really disappointed that we had to retire but overall I'm happy with the progress we've made here. Hopefully we can continue tomorrow -- I'm really up for it but we will have to decide after we get the car back to Olbia. "
Janne Tuohino: "The car felt very nervous all through the final stage so maybe something was broken. We spun off near the start and lost a lot of time because the spectators wouldn't help. When it happened again near the end we decided that we would lose less time by stopping. You can't believe how slippery the roads are for the first car -- it's like trying to drive on a sandy beach."
Martin Muehlmeier (Head of Škoda Motorsport): "After yesterday's good result I am disappointed with what happened today. We will continue tomorrow but we know we have lost the chance of a good overall position, even though we might still finish with championship points."