Julien Pressac keeps up the pressure... For their first outing on gravel with the Citroen C2 Super 1600, Julien Pressac and Gilles De Turckheim figure in 4t h place in the provisional JWRC standings at the end of Day 2 of the 2006 Rally ...
Julien Pressac keeps up the pressure...
For their first outing on gravel with the Citroen C2 Super 1600, Julien Pressac and Gilles De Turckheim figure in 4t h place in the provisional JWRC standings at the end of Day 2 of the 2006 Rally d'Italia-Sardegna, a position which will hopefully permit them to challenge for a podium finish on Sunday afternoon.
"We intend to give it our very best shot. We will keep pushing until the very last metre of the very last stage," promises Gilles with a glance at his driver who picked up pace with every stage today. "I am starting to get a grasp of how the car works on the loose, but I'm still a little bit on the defensive," admits Julien. "My big fear is picking up a puncture, or getting caught out by one of the countless traps there are out there in the stages, especially after the WRC cars have been through. It's vital to stay on the clean line, find just the right speed and look for the best traction possible. I hope I can carry on at the same pace tomorrow or go even faster so that I can keep the pressure on the car which is ahead of me tonight..."
Meanwhile, Brice Tirabassi and Jacques-Julien Renucci were stopped in their tracks this afternoon when an engine electronic sensor wire broke shortly after the start of SS11. It was yet another blow for the 2003 Junior World Champion who is this evening 11t h in the junior standings. The French pair will nonetheless be able to re- start tomorrow morning under the SuperRally ruling.
Czechs Martin Prokop and Jan Tomanek will also be looking to profit from the SuperRally ruling tomorrow after they were halted on SS8 fo llowing a big knock which broke the front left suspension arm of their Jipocar Racing-run Citroen C2 Super 1600.
Finally, German youngsters Aaron Burkart and Tanja Geilhausen who finished Leg 1 in a highly commendable 4t h place were caught off guard today and lost more than two minutes in an off. However, they can still legitimately hope to finish in the points on Sunday afternoon which, it has to be said, was the avowed objective of the crew of the PRT-run Citroen C2 Super 1600 before the start of this daunting rally. Indeed, although 'only' 77km of competitive action remain tomorrow, the day promises to be extremely challenging, with six stages to cover without service. Nothing is by any means over yet!