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Wales Rally GB: OMV BIXXOL preview

OMV BIXXOL Rally Team ambitious for WRC-points The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team will be represented by two teams at the finale of the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship, the "Wales Rally GB". And for the first time this season both OMV pairs...

OMV BIXXOL Rally Team ambitious for WRC-points

The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team will be represented by two teams at the finale of the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship, the "Wales Rally GB". And for the first time this season both OMV pairs stand realistic chances for scoring points. Stepan Vojtech and Michal Ernst (CZ) have reached their best WRC-result by fifth place in Ireland. And after Claudiu David/Mihaela Beldie had proven their talent at the WRC-run in Japan they once more gave a great performance at the OMV Rally Waldviertel by finishing in eleventh overall place.

A big opportunity

In Argentina the Romanian OMV duo Claudiu David and Mihaela Beldie celebrated their WRC-premiere. In Japan they were already about to score when they drifted off the road three special stages before the finish and dropped back to twelfth place. This shall be remedied in Wales. David: "We know that it is possible to reach the top-8. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX by Stohl Racing are perfectly prepared. We should be able to keep up even if this rally is new to us. The conditions won't differ very much from the ones at the OMV Rally Waldviertel. And we were able to keep up there."

Points always were possible

One thing is already certain prior to the WRC finale in Wales: Stepan Vojtech is the best OMV driver in the P-Car WRC during the last three years. By finishing sixth in Mexico and fifth in Irland the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team has already won seven WRC-points this year. And they plan to add to this account at the Wales Rally GB. Vojtech: "We are very confident since we've got used to the speed in the WRC quite well. We actually had the opportunity to score points at each rally this year. Unfortunately we only managed to pull it off twice. But: all good things come in threes. Therefore we will try our utmost to score points in Wales, too."

360 special stage kilometres on 17 special stages

The Wales Rally GB will commence on Thursday (November 29) at 19.30 local time at the Cathays Park Cardiff. 17 special stages with a length of 359,54 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (Novmeber 30 - December 2). The overall length measures exactly 1.271,94 kilometres. The whole rally will be completed on gravel. The super stage on Saturday in the Millenium Stadium is expected to be the absolute highlight. With a length of 1,1 kilometres it will be the shortest special stage in the FIA World Rally Championship. The finish line will be crossed on Sunday at 15.10 at Cathays Park Cardiff.

-credit: owrt.com

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