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Wales Rally GB: OMV Kronos leg two summary

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT in eighth place after leg two The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team didn't encounter any noteworthy problems on day two of the "Wales Rally GB". Unfortunately they didn't move up, either. Matthew Wilson (GB/Ford Focus...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT in eighth place after leg two

The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team didn't encounter any noteworthy problems on day two of the "Wales Rally GB". Unfortunately they didn't move up, either. Matthew Wilson (GB/Ford Focus WRC) in the Citroen Xsara WRC seems out of reach and Xavier Pons (E/Subaru Impreza WRC), in ninth place, can be easily kept at bay. The OMV driver is nevertheless discontent even if everything points to a fifth consecutive finish within points-range.

Expected more

Manfred Stohl makes the most of his current situation at the Wales Rally GB. The 35-year-old OMV driver completed the seven special stages on Saturday without taking any risk or encountering problems. In the end there isn't more to win than eighth place at the finale of the FIA World Rally Championship. Stohl: "It is a bit frustrating since last year we fought for victory. This year we're competing for eighth place. Somehow I expected more. But that probably was wishful thinking. If one takes a look at our results this season then we are right at where were at during the last 15 rallies." Still: if they cross the finish line within the top-8 the OMV pair Stohl/Minor will score points at the Wales Rally GB for the fifth time in a row. That would at least be some consolation.

Loeb close to fourth WRC-title

Sebastien Loeb (Citroen C4 WRC) is only four special stages short of his fourth WRC-title. The Frenchman doesn't take any risk and lies in secure third overall place after 13 of 17 special stages. All the Alsatian needs to successfully defend his title is a fifth place. Mikko Hirvonen (Fin/Ford Focus WRC) is still in the lead ahead of countryman and teammate Marcus Gronholm. Jari-Matti Latvala (Fin/Ford Focus WRC) gave a remarkable performance on Saturday by reaching six out of seven special stage best- times.

Sunday's program

The final leg of the Wales Rally GB on Sunday leads over four special stages and 114,26 kilometres. Thereby two turns with two special stages each, meaning 57,13 kilometres, will be completed. The restart will take place at 6.25 (local time) in Swansea. The finish line will be crossed at 15.10 (local time) in Cathays Park in Cardiff.

-credit: owrt.com

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