Three Citroen C2 Super 1600s in the top five At the end of the 127.98 kilometres that made up day two of this year's Catalunya Rally, the Citroen C2 Super 1600 drivers are comfortably within the top five of the Junior World Rally Championship ...
Three Citroen C2 Super 1600s in the top five
At the end of the 127.98 kilometres that made up day two of this year's Catalunya Rally, the Citroen C2 Super 1600 drivers are comfortably within the top five of the Junior World Rally Championship classification. Six special stages to the northwest of Salou, the rally's host town, greeted the crews this morning.
Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, in a C2 Super 1600 backed by Citroen and the Equipe de France FFSA, did not enjoy a day that went entirely according to plan. The Frenchmen were carefully controlling their advantage before a small impact on the final stage damaged the car and forced them to retire on the road section back to Salou. Martin Prokop now finds himself leading the rally having set two fastest times notably on the longest stage of the day. Aaron Burkart finished the leg third, having enjoyed a more competitive run than he did yesterday. The German was unable to find a good feeling with the car throughout the opening leg, but managed to set times today that allowed him to extend his advantage over the fourth-placed man, Shaun Gallagher. Driving the World Rally Team Ireland C2 Super 1600, Shaun enjoyed himself more than he had done on Friday and was able to take advantage of a problem for one of his rivals to climb up the Junior classification. Finally, Hans Weijs returns to parc ferme within the top 10 of the Junior rankings at the wheel of his Citroen C2-R2 MAX. The Dutch driver managed to place his less powerful car ahead of the R3 competitors, thanks to an excellent performance throughout the day.
Aaron Burkart (D) Michael Koelbach (D) (Citroen C2 Super 1600)
" I felt a lot more comfortable today than I had done yesterday. It wasn't easy to start this morning with a 38.27 kilometre stage, so I'm pleased to have set third-quickest time on it on both the occasions that it was run today. Problems for two of my key rivals, Sebastien Ogier and Michal Kosciuszko, allowed me to gain an advantage over them here in the Junior classification which is a great opportunity when it comes to the actual championship ! Hopefully I can make the most of it tomorrow. "
Shaun Gallagher (EI) Paul Kiely (EI) (Citroen C2 Super 1600)
" The day went well for us. Our tyres suffered a bit during the long stage that we did twice, but our end result tonight is satisfactory. The goal for us now is to maintain the gap to the other competitors and not take any unnecessary risks. As it's my last rally of the season, I really need to get a good result here in order to finish the year with a good result in the Junior World Rally Championship. "
Sebastien Ogier (FR) Julien Ingrassia (FR) (Citroen C2 Super 1600)
" We started off with a good pace this morning but we weren't pushing to the limit. We wanted to look after our tyres during the long stage, as this seemed to be the most tricky aspect of the day. The ninth and twelfth stage, which was the third one in the loop, was slower the first time round at the end, where the surface changed. Unfortunately, during our second run through the stage, we couldn't avoid making a mistake and had a small impact that damaged the radiator. We realised that we were in trouble on the road section, so we retired before reaching the service park. "
Martin Prokop (CZ) Jan Tomanek (CZ) (Citroen C2 Super 1600)
" We had a good day but it was sometimes a bit boring. The gap in front was so big that there was nothing that we could really do to move ahead. Nonetheless, Sebastien's retirement after the last stage means that we suddenly find ourselves in the lead. So our objective now is clearly to stay there until the rally finish for my birthday! "
Hans Weijs (NL) Hans Van Goor (NL) (Citroen C2-R2 MAX)
" This has been a really good rally for me so far. The weather is sunny, which has given us great driving conditions, the stages are nice, and everything has just really come together for us. I'm very happy with the result so far, as we are managing to be in the top 10. I have a very good feeling with my C2-R2 MAX and I hope to carry on this way to the finish. "