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S-WRC: Rally Deutschland: Interwetten leg 1 summary

Interwetten Racing Team after first day of the ADAC Rally Germany in 24th place Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha reach top-times in the very competitive S2000-field Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000) have passed the first day of...

Interwetten Racing Team after first day of the ADAC Rally Germany in 24th place

Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha reach top-times in the very competitive S2000-field

Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000) have passed the first day of the German World Championship run in the Trier area with flying colours. The Interwetten Racing-duo, that regards this rally as a preparation for next weekends IRC Barum Rally (August 27 to 29), lies in very good 24th overall place after six of 19 special stages. This would mean sixth place in a S2000 ranking.

Wittmann: "We are able to realise exactly what we had planned to. In the end a racing assignment is much more valuable than any number of tests. Our Peugeot runs smoothly. The times show us that we can well compete with the absolute S2000 top teams. One mustn't forget, after all, that the competition deploys works cars, more or less."

All this despite an inauspicious beginning. The first two special stages had been neutralised before Franz Wittmann even had the chance to put his foot down. Due to the delay he also was three minutes late at the first time control prior to the third special stage and was awarded a 30 seconds penalty.

"That's not too important. I'd be angry in the IRC but here I'm simply happy about the achieved times. The result is secondary since it all comes by itself. Our problem is the starting order. Since we aren't entered in the WRC our team has to start from way back each day", explains the Interwetten-Racing driver.

The ADAC Rally Germany will continue on Saturday with eight special stages. The SS "Arena Panzerplatte" over 48 kilometres will be the definite highlight and will be completed twice.

-source: interwetten-racing.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Klaus Wicha