Day One : A Solid Start The two Peugeot 307 WRC drivers have got off to a solid start on the opening leg of the Monte Carlo Rally, round one of the 2005 World Rally Championship. Marcus Gronholm has finished the day in an excellent third place,...
Day One : A Solid Start
The two Peugeot 307 WRC drivers have got off to a solid start on the opening leg of the Monte Carlo Rally, round one of the 2005 World Rally Championship. Marcus Gronholm has finished the day in an excellent third place, while Markko Martin ends the leg sixth. Weather conditions were unseasonably warm today, with road conditions either dry or damp. Only the opening stage contained patches of ice, which nevertheless did not prevent Peugeot's drivers from using 'slick' tyres.
Marcus Gronholm: "I started off the first stage carefully this morning, which was tricky with about one kilometre of ice after the Col de la Sinne. On the second stage, which was almost entirely dry, I was able to push and I'm delighted to have set fastest time. On the following stage, which was repeated as SS4, we were quite careful. There is no point in pushing too hard at this early stage."
Markko Martin: "The opening stage was very tricky and narrow coming downhill after the Col. I found it quite difficult to place the car, particularly as I am not yet quite used to the width of the 307 WRC! My car felt unstable towards the end of the following stage, which was probably down to the tyre choice we made in the morning. On the third stage I lost a bit of time after stalling on a tight right-hand hairpin bend. I still need to familiarise myself more with my Peugeot in order to get the best out of it!"
Corrado Provera: "We're satisfied with our overall performance on the opening day and the cars have been completely reliable. Marcus has been exceptionally fast and consistent, with total confidence in his Peugeot. Markko made a small mistake on SS3; otherwise he would be battling for fourth place. We still need to understand more about our new Pirelli tyres to work in complete harmony with our Italian colleagues, particularly when it comes to dry asphalt.