An Action-Packed Second Leg The second leg of the Monte Carlo Rally was disrupted by separate accidents involving Francois Duval (Citroen) and Armin Schwarz (Skoda) on the second and third stages of the day respectively. Duval went off just ...
An Action-Packed Second Leg
The second leg of the Monte Carlo Rally was disrupted by separate accidents involving Francois Duval (Citroen) and Armin Schwarz (Skoda) on the second and third stages of the day respectively. Duval went off just before the end of SS6 and blocked the road, forcing his team mate Sebastien Loeb to stop and therefore pick up a notional time. On the following stage Schwarz went off four kilometres from the finish and injured his shoulder. Yellow flags were shown to every competitor after Peugeot driver Markko Martin, and notional times were once more given to the remaining competitor's -- including Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm.
Marcus Gronholm: "On the first seven kilometres of the opening stage the road was very icy, so I drove carefully. We've had a good day today although it has been extremely tricky with the various incidents that interrupted the leg: it was actually quite boring for us. But I am still very pleased to be in second place, which is my best-ever performance on the Monte Carlo Rally. My plan for tomorrow is just to keep going at this pace and finish on the podium. That would be a good way to start the year!"
Markko Martin: "I learnt a lot about the car and the tyres today but there is still a long way to go before I am completely comfortable. I was not entirely sure about my tyre choice in the morning, and in the afternoon I think my suspension set-up was too hard, as the car was very difficult to drive over the crests on SS9. I still need to familiarise myself with the dimensions of the 307WRC, so I thought that the best tactic was to drive safely in order to make sure of reaching the end of a tricky day."
Corrado Provera: "We are continuing to learn about our Pirelli tyres on our first rally with the Italian rubber, and this lack of familiarity is clear to see. However, neither of our cars have suffered any mechanical problems, and Marcus is driving what is undoubtedly the best Monte Carlo rally of his career. Markko is learning not only about the Pirelli tyres but also about the 307 WRC. If we end up in the same positions that we hold now, it would be our best result in Monte Carlo."