Peugeot driver Marcus Gronholm has ended day two of Spain's Catalunya Rally with a chance of victory. The two-time World Champion is currently in second place, and plans to challenge for his first asphalt win tomorrow. The second leg of the ...
Peugeot driver Marcus Gronholm has ended day two of Spain's Catalunya Rally with a chance of victory. The two-time World Champion is currently in second place, and plans to challenge for his first asphalt win tomorrow.
The second leg of the Catalunya Rally consisted of eight fast and demanding tarmac stages in the mountains around Vic, split into two loops of four with a service halt in between. Stage 10 was cancelled due to spectator overcrowding, while the weather remained dry throughout the day. The route contained a number of the stages run on Friday's leg, except this time used in the opposite direction.
Marcus was on scintillating form to post his first fastest time of the event on SS9, although he suffered from a slight lack of confidence on the preceding stage. In the afternoon he steered clear of trouble to maximise his chances of victory on the final leg of the rally. His Peugeot 307 WRC was entirely reliable throughout the event and he set three fastest stage times in total.
The Finn said: "We've been trying little adjustments to the car all day and I think we are making some progress now. Today's conditions have been generally easier as the weather was drier, but there was a lot of loose gravel on the road caused by earlier cars cutting the corners. I am still not completely happy as sometimes the balance of the car is not quite correct, but we are definitely heading in the right direction. Realistically it will be very difficult to catch the car in front without something dramatic happening, but you never know in rallying. I have to keep the pressure on and maybe he will make a mistake."
The third and final leg of the Catalunya Rally, the penultimate round of the World Championship, takes in six special stages with just one service halt. The cars have an early start from Parc Ferme at 0515, before returning to Lloret de Mar for the finish ceremony at 1526.