The second leg of the Catalunya Rally was one of mixed fortunes for Peugeot. On the positive side, Nicolas Bernardi really got to grips with his 307 WRC to move from tenth to sixth place after an excellent drive. But Marcus Gronholm, who had held...
The second leg of the Catalunya Rally was one of mixed fortunes for Peugeot. On the positive side, Nicolas Bernardi really got to grips with his 307 WRC to move from tenth to sixth place after an excellent drive. But Marcus Gronholm, who had held a strong third place, was forced to retire on the road section after the final stage as the result of a broken radiator.
Tyre choice was easier on leg two than it was on the opening day thanks to more consistent weather – despite some dark clouds that threatened rain in the morning. However, some overnight rain had left the stages extremely slippery and many of the World Championship's biggest stars were caught out.
Nicolas Bernardi, fresh from his faultless performance on leg one, once again did not put a single foot wrong and was able to drive to the best of his abilities over the 135 competitive kilometres of stages. Despite some minor brake problems, he set some excellent stage times – including two times that were faster than those of his illustrious team mate Marcus Gronholm.
Nicolas Bernardi: "Things are going very well now, and we did not have any of the wrong tyre choices that handicapped our progress yesterday. I felt fully confident with the tyres and the car, and the stage times show the result. Tomorrow there is everything to play for: I am currently ten seconds behind Roman Kresta in the Ford. I know that I have already been able to take time out of him so I am going to go for it and make the most of this opportunity…"
Jean-Pierre Nicolas: "Up to the very last stage it was a good day for Peugeot with Marcus in a comfortable third place and Nicolas seventh. Then Marcus was forced to retire on his way to the service park, after his engine overheated following a water leak from the radiator – we do not yet know why. Nicolas Bernardi had an excellent day, during which he was on equal terms with Marcus."