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Rally Catalunya: OMV Kronos preview

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT fully manned again The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team will be fully manned once again at the "Rallye RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada", the eleventh run to the FIA World Rally Championship. Just like in Germany,...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT fully manned again

The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team will be fully manned once again at the "Rallye RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada", the eleventh run to the FIA World Rally Championship. Just like in Germany, Francois Duval (Bel) and Patrick Pivato (Fra) will steer a Citroen Xsara WRC beside Austrians Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor. And chances are high that both OMV Teams will score points. Following Duval's sensational second place in Germany, Stohl also wants to prove his prowess on tarmac. Prior to the rally weekend from October 5 to 7 the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team will complete a day of testing in Spain on Monday.

Account not yet settled

Manfred Stohl still has an account to settle with the Rally of Spain. Following his testing-accident last year the 35-year-old Austrian had finished in twelfth overall place. Stohl: "Each time we cut Ilka's and my own ribs hurt like hell. Which made it very hard to focus on driving. Besides that I really like it in Spain. But one surely can't compare this rally to the WRC-run in Germany. The grip should be much stronger here. And that definitely suits us." In any case, the OMV driver hopes for a problem- free rally since at the last three events retirements and technical problems were the rule rather than the exception.

Great Spain-balance

Francois Duval can look back on an impeccable balance in Spain. In 2003 he came in fourth with a Ford Focus WRC. In 2005 he finished second in the Citroen Xsara WRC and last year saw him in sixth place in a Skoda Fabia WRC. Therefore the Belgian OMV driver is a legitimate candidate for a podium place. Duval's second place in Germany also had another positive consequence since, beside Spain, he will also compete in the OMV Kronos Citroen Xsara WRC in the next tarmac WRC-run in Corsica which will take place one week later. Duval: "I am very happy that I was offered this opportunity. It proves that success is being rewarded. I hope that I will be able to return the favour by reaching further top results."

Already EUR 97.320 in the OMV Move & Help account

Since this year's season of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team is under the sign of OMV Move & Help, EUR 20 will be donated to OMV Move & Help for each completed special stage kilometre. At the eleven WRC-runs completed so far, Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor have already taken in 97.320 Euro overall. In Spain further 14.120 Euro are at stake since not only Manfred Stohl will carry the colours of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team but also once more Francois Duval. Move & Help is the educational program by OMV for over 35.000 children and youths in cooperation with SOS Children's Village, Caritas and UNICEF.

353 special stage kilometres on 18 special stages

The 42nd Rally RACC Catalunya will commence on Thursday (October 4) with a showstart at 19.30 in Salou. 18 special stages with a length of 352,87 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (October 5 - 7). The overall length measures 1.359,96 kilometres. The finishing line will be crossed on Sunday (October 7) at 14:50 in Salou.

This is Spain

Area: 504.782 sq km
Population: 40.341.500 inhabitants
Population density: 80 people per sq km
Capital: Madrid (4.060.000 inhabitants)

Spain was founded in 1035 and has been independent since then.

The rally takes place in Catalonia. Catalonia (biggest city: Barcelona) is one of the biggest regions of Spain with a population of six million inhabitants.

Spain disposes of 658.203 kilometres of paved roads.

-credit: owrt.com

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