Nicolas Bernardi and Jean Marc Fortin have driven faultlessly for three days in order to bring their Peugeot 307 WRC home in sixth place on the Catalunya Rally. Their well-deserved result earns Peugeot Sport five points in the manufacturers ...
Nicolas Bernardi and Jean Marc Fortin have driven faultlessly for three days in order to bring their Peugeot 307 WRC home in sixth place on the Catalunya Rally. Their well-deserved result earns Peugeot Sport five points in the manufacturers championship.
The third and final leg of the all-asphalt Catalunya Rally was made up of three special stages totalling 68 kilometres. Nicolas Bernardi found himself with big gaps to the drivers in front and behind, so he chose not to take any risks and get his car safely to the finish.
Nicolas Bernardi : " I have the experience of two good rallies behind me, and I am very pleased with the results we have achieved. I started off carefully in Corsica, as unlike the other drivers I did not know my car intimately. I worked very well with my engineer Eric Mommet and the entire team has supported me brilliantly. From that Saturday of Corsica onwards, I was in the rhythm. I feel very proud that I was able to fight with and occasionally set times that were comparable with those of such an established star like Marcus Gronholm. Tomorrow I will get back behind the wheel of my Peugeot 206 WRC in order to get ready for the next round of the French Championship, which I hope to win this year. "
Jean Pierre Nicolas : "Nicolas had a trouble-free day which assured him of sixth place. He chose a soft tyre this morning and quickly realised that he would not be able to catch Roman Kresta, who was 11 seconds in front of him. We knew that on dry asphalt we would not be able to fight with the Citroens, but despite these unfavourable conditions we were happy with Marcus Gronholm's third place, until the bitter disappointment of his retirement. But the whole team found a new motivation thanks to an excellent performance from Nicolas, who was able to fight at the same level as Marcus. "