Didier Auriol finishes second day ninth overall Å koda Motorsport sets six more top 10 times Intense conditions continue to test cars and drivers The Å koda Motorsport World Rally Team has reached the end of the second day of the Acropolis Rally...
Didier Auriol finishes second day ninth overall
Škoda Motorsport sets six more top 10 times
Intense conditions continue to test cars and drivers
The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team has reached the end of the second day of the Acropolis Rally with Didier Auriol holding ninth place as the Greek roads and high ambient temperatures have continued to test the stamina of both man and machine.
Didier has again had a strong day with the Octavia WRC although he has been mystified by a handling characteristic that has at times made the car quite difficult to drive. "I'm really not sure what the reason is because we haven't made any significant changes to the suspension settings. In the end it doesn't really matter because my aim now is just to drive to the finish without any risks. I made some adjustments to soften the rear suspension for the long stage and that made an improvement."
Over today's eight special stages, Didier has again been consistently competitive and has set six top 10 times including sixth fastest on today's third stage, Droshori and second on tonight's superspecial at Lilea-Parnassos.
Co-driver Denis Giraudet spoke about the condition of the stages for the second runs: "It has not been too bad on this event. The fast sections are actually quite good but you have to be very careful in the slower and more twisty sections because there are some very deep ruts where cars have been putting down a lot of power out of corners."
Škoda Auto Director of Motorsport, Petr Kohoutek, said: "The Acropolis Rally is always an extreme test of endurance. When we look at the results it is good to see so many highly competitive drivers and teams still in the event which is a great credit to everyone involved."
Tomorrow's final six stages, located to the west of Lamia, are all new to the Acropolis Rally but will be no less tough for that. The format for the day is a group of three stages before lunchtime service which are then repeated in the afternoon. Stage distance is 105.04kms with the first car leaving parc ferme at 0800 and returning to Lamia for the finish at 1620.