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Acropolis Rally: OMV BIXXOL leg two summary

Andrej Jereb/Mian Kacin hampered by puncture and exhaust fumes in the car The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team with Andrej Jereb and Miran Kacin dropped back from sixth to 14th intermediate place on the second day of the "bp ultimate Acropolis Rally of ...

Andrej Jereb/Mian Kacin hampered by puncture and exhaust fumes in the car

The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team with Andrej Jereb and Miran Kacin dropped back from sixth to 14th intermediate place on the second day of the "bp ultimate Acropolis Rally of Greece", the fourth run to the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship. Reason for this was a puncture on the first special stage as well as a problem with the catalytic converter which jammed and thus directed the exhaust fumes into the car. On Sunday the Slovenian OMV driver mainly wants to gather further gravel experience.

An unpleasant situation

For Andrej Jereb (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) the first special stage of day two of the Acropolis Rally became a nightmare. Of all stages he had a puncture on this one, the longest special stage of the WRC-calendar with a length of 48,88 kilometres. And worse came to bad. Suddenly the catalytic converter jammed and redirected the exhaust fumes into the inside of the car. Jereb: "This was an highly unpleasant situation. And it also smelled of petrol. All we could do was to open the windows to finish the special stage - even if only in slow speed since the dust didn't make things easier. Still, the oversteering of the car is a much graver problem. We'll have to work on the set-up for Sunday." The misfortune caused the Slovenian OMV Team to drop back from Firday's excellent sixth place to 14th intermediate place. Now Jereb's main goal lies in gathering experience on Sunday. The Acropolis Rally is only the second gravel run in the career of the 33-year-old five-times national rally champion.

Credit: omv

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