Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel move up to sixth place after second day at Rally Russia The tactics of the Interwetten Racing Team are successful despite some tyre damages The Interwetten Racing Team is on its way to at least equalize their ...
Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel move up to sixth place after second day at Rally Russia
The tactics of the Interwetten Racing Team are successful despite some tyre damages
The Interwetten Racing Team is on its way to at least equalize their best IRC result (Rally Azores) so far. For Franz Wittmann and Bernhard Ettel lie in sixth overall place after day two of the "Rally Russia", the sixth run to the IRC series. Especially in the afternoon, on the longest stage, they gave a superb performance in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX and secured their position as absolutely best Non-S2000-car.
"It was really tough. Here 50 completed SS-kilometres feel like 400. But we have done our homework and make the best of our learning-year. When one looks at our times and results then we have already outgrown your pupil- stage. Now we'll try to get gradually closer to the S2000, even though our Mitsubishi has less engine-power and more weight", explains Wittmann.
The organisation, alas, was not problem-free. After the first special stage of the day had already been neutralized due to an accident, the last SS had to be cancelled, too. This time a defect of the last remaining advance car was responsible. And a special stage must not be started without a 0-car for security reasons.
"I would have loved to compete, of course, since several teams already had had tyre damages on this long stage in the morning. On the other hand, we also had great luck that the broken rim had no negative reverberations. There are situations where one shouldn't push one's luck", knows the Interwetten Racing driver.
But the last leg of the "Rally Russia" has a lot in store, as well. In order to cross the finishing line one has to complete five special stages with a length of 55,07 kilometres. What really makes this tough is the fact that there will be no service. Wittmann: "That is going to be a real challenge. The surface is hard and we only have two spare tyres on board. But I naturally will try my all to reach the finish in Vyborg and to keep my good position." The end of the rally will be on Saturday at 15.00 local time (13.00 CET) in Vyborg.
-credit: interwetten racing