Lots of bad luck for Franz Wittmann/ Bernhard Ettel at beginning of Barum-Rally, but today things improved greatly for the Lower Austrian Electronic damage cost the Interwetten RacingTeam almost 50 seconds and thy fell back to place 42 After a...
Lots of bad luck for Franz Wittmann/ Bernhard Ettel at beginning of Barum-Rally, but today things improved greatly for the Lower Austrian
Electronic damage cost the Interwetten RacingTeam almost 50 seconds and thy fell back to place 42
After a great race to catch up Wittmann/Ettel now lie already in 14th place after six special stages as second-best non-S2000-car
Following a successful shakedown the duo Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel took up SS 1 yesterday evening - a circuit in the city centre of Zlin where three turns with overall almost 10 kilometres had to be completed. In the first lap everything went according to plan regarding the Mitsubishi Evo IX. During the second lap, though, engine power problems arose while lap three went smoother again.
"The car suddenly had no more engine power and we suspected a sudden turbo damage. But in the last lap things improved somewhat. We nevertheless were almost 50 seconds behind which meant a dissapointing 42. place in the IRC- ranking", explained the rather angy man from Ramsau.
The team of Stohl Racing studied the data records to find an explanation for the power loss. One discovered a severe relapse of battery voltage, thus the boost pressure dropped due to lacking petrol supply. Reason for this could have been a worn through cable since both the auxiliary driving lamps as well as several on-board-cameras had been connected at this point.
With this knowledge the Interwetten Racing duo started into today's leg. With anger as their fuel, Wittmann/Ettel reached 13-best overall time already on SS 2 which also meant the best result of a non-S2000-car - ahead of Czech local hero Vaclav Pech, to boot. Thus they moved up immediately from plaace 42 to 24 in the overall ranking.
"I was vey satisfied with this result. It was a kind of go-boost that I could keep up regarding the speed. But I nevertheless won't get carefree now but rather continue the race to catch up with the necessary caution", explained an optimistic Wittmann.
This objective worked out perfectly on stages three and four. He reached second-best non-S2000-time behind Vaclav Pech, respectively and moved up further in the overall ranking from 22nd to 19th place.
Following the first regrouping, special stages five and six were on the agenda. And once more the Interwetten Racing drivers Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel were on their best behaviour and reached 14th-, respectively 12th-best overall time in the middle of the S2000-elite. Thus the man from Ramsau moved up to excellent 14th intermediate place in the overall ranking.
-credit: Interwetten AG