Martin Prokop retakes the lead of the Juniors The second day of the Rallye de France finished today in the port of Ajaccio. The day's programme consisted of two loops of three stages, making a total of 122.84 competitive kilometres. Martin...
Martin Prokop retakes the lead of the Juniors
The second day of the Rallye de France finished today in the port of Ajaccio. The day's programme consisted of two loops of three stages, making a total of 122.84 competitive kilometres. Martin Prokop is the big winner from today, as he set quickest time on five out of six stages and reclaimed the category lead that he had at the start of the rally. " I'm very pleased with today, " said Martin Prokop. " This morning, I was torn between the idea of trying to take the lead or settling for second place. In the end I pushed hard and that ended up paying off on SS9, where I managed to get past the local driver who was leading. In that same stage, we came across some slippery sections that could have been tricky. Despite these difficult conditions, our Citroen C2 Super 1600 behaved really well. My advantage of 29.2 seconds over the next man this evening will allow us to control things tomorrow and not take any unnecessary risks. If I win, I will be on the final podium of this year's Junior World Rally Championship.
Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia also made up a place in the Junior World Rally Championship classification. The French crew whose mission is to claim the Junior World Rally Championship title at the end of the weekend are determined to drive a sensible and consistent rally. " The start of the day was far from easy, with several dirty corners, plenty of rocks on the road and sone damp sections, " reported Sebastien. " I concentrated on not taking any risks, sometimes even driving in a lower gear in order not to be caught out. I'm just driving carefully especially in the corners and over today's six stages this has allowed me to claim third place in the Junior classification. " The young Frenchman will still have to drive for 116.26 competitive kilometres on the final leg before the title is in the bag.
German driver Aaron Burkart also had difficulties in deciding whether to attack or play it safe throughout the course of the day. " It's a difficult situation for me, " said Aaron. " I can't really attack, as then I risk making a mistake. I know that it would be possible for me to go quicker but I prefer to stick with my objective. I have to consolidate my position and just be happy with that. The rally is far from over ; there are still four stages left to run tomorrow. "
Hans Weijs was still having similar difficulties to those he experienced the day before in his Citroen C2-R2 MAX. " Our off road excursion in Spain unbalanced me somewhat, " said the Dutchman. " I can't keep up a good pace. I can see the line through the corners but I lose too much time slowing down for them. My caution has cost me several seconds but I do not want to repeat the mistake I made in Catalunya. "
Jean-Francois Lienere, in charge of Citroen Sport's customer competition programme, said : " The Citroen drivers have put in a faultless performance today. They have all been very careful. Luckily they appreciate that at this stage of the season any mistake could have important consequences for the final result. The reliability and performance of our cars have enabled our drivers to consolidate their positions in view of an excellent result in the final standings of the Junior World Rally Championship at the end of this year's Rallye de France Tour de Corse. "