Petter Solberg World Rally Team press release
Third for Petter and Chris despite a puncture on day two.
A great start to day two of Rally France saw Petter and Chris take the lead from Mini’s Dani Sordo with their stage win on SS10, the second stage of the morning. A slow front right puncture on the next stage, however, dropped them back to third as Citroën’s Sebastien Ogier took the rally lead. The following stage saw another change of lead as Sordo took it back from Ogier with a stage win on SS12 before the lunchtime remote service in Colmar.
Petter and Ogier set the same fastest time through SS13, the first stage of the afternoon, and Ogier edged into the rally lead once more, while Sordo’s Mini team-mate Kris Meeke was forced to retire after hitting a patch of gravel and going off the road, and Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala received a 10-second time penalty for a jumped start. Petter and Chris were third fastest through the final two stages of the day, ending with a run through the Mulhouse town centre stage, despite having some front right suspension damage. The afternoon saw the top three hold their overall positions from the end of stage SS13 through to the close of day two, with Ogier the rally leader, followed by Sordo then Petter and Chris in third overall.
- Today has been really good, says Petter Solberg. - The car is so fast and it is fantastic to drive, and I actually think I could win a rally with it as it is now. Unfortunately we had a puncture that cost us a lot of time. Also, when the rubber came off it damaged the damper a bit, so it has not been 110% during the afternoon. Still we have been setting really good times today!
Rally de France Alsace continues with six stages on Sunday, including the Haguenau Power Stage through Sebastien Loeb’s hometown, which will be broadcast live on TV. The first car will be on the road from 0718 local time.