Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha still among top ten after first day of Monte Carlo Rallye Interwetten duo in the Peugeot 207 S2000 lies in overall 9th place and looks confidently forward to tomorrow Vice-World Champion Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) drives...
Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha still among top ten after first day of Monte Carlo Rallye
Interwetten duo in the Peugeot 207 S2000 lies in overall 9th place and looks confidently forward to tomorrow
Vice-World Champion Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) drives in a league of his own and superiorly leads ahead of IRC Champion Kris Meeke on Peugeot
Things went rather satisfactorily for Franz Wittmann/ Klaus Wicha on the afternoon of the first day of the Rallye Monte Carlo where the same two special stages as in the morning had to be completed.
On SS 3 (Burzet) over 27 kilometres the Interwetten duo managed to improve on their own time from the morning by more than half a minute - which meant eighth place on the stage itself.
Wittmann: "We are getting better and better acquainted with the Peugeot - thus we managed to be a little faster. But we still have to be careful not to become too high-spirited. That's why decided to chose the safety variant of intermediate tyres in the afternoon on both stages, as well. This was, by the way, a decision that was made in accordance with team manager Ronald Leschhorn and our ice-spies, my father Franz Wittmann and Jörg Pattermann."
At the top Mikko Hirvonen succeeded in front of Kris Meeke and Jan Kopecky on this stage.
SS 4 over 45 kilometres from St. Pierreville to Antraigues, on the other hand, posed several problems. Thus Wittmann/Wicha were not able to beat their own time from the morning. As SS-tenth they were 12 seconds slower.
Explained Wittmann: "We not only had to drive 15 kilometres through dense fog but also had severe problems with our communication. I didn't always hear Klaus which caused a certain uncertainty which in turn had its effects on the achieved times. At today's service we will try to exchange the helmets. Otherwise I am very satisfied. We are ninth out of 19 S2000 cars that had taken up the rally and therefore best private team. The Peugeot runs smoothly, the team does a perfect job and the collaboration with Klaus Wicha is, apart from the aforementioned communication problems, excellent. That is why I am very confident for tomorrow."
On SS 4 Ogier succeeded ahead of Meeke and Kopecky, but at the top vice-World Champion Mikko Hirvonen at the Ford Fiesta S2000 premiere superiorly leads by almost 42 seconds over Kris Meeke.
Intermediate standings after the first day, following four of 15 special stages overall: