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Rally Finland: OMV Peugeot leg two summary

The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has reason to be satisfied with the second day of the "Neste Oil Rally Finland". Henning Solberg consolidated his fourth overall place. And Manfred Stohl even gained eight places and currently lies in ninth...

The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has reason to be satisfied with the second day of the "Neste Oil Rally Finland". Henning Solberg consolidated his fourth overall place. And Manfred Stohl even gained eight places and currently lies in ninth place. This would mean nine points for the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team in the manufacture ranking. At the top, Marcus Grönholm can take it rather easy on the final day tomorrow. He leads by over one minute on Sebastien Loeb.

Henning and the joy of driving

Henning Solberg and Cato Menkerud have consolidated their fourth place. The Norwegian OMV duo is one minute ahead of Gigi Galli (Ita/Peugeot 307 WRC). On the other hand, the chances for a place on the podium are minimal, as well. They are missing almost two minutes on Ford works driver Mikko Hirvonen (Fin). Solberg: "When it is dry you can see the difference to the works cars. Our Peugeot 307 WRC was perfectly prepared by Bozian-Racing but they have ressources we can't tap. Nevertheless, now that we have a kind of draw, I can enjoy driving even more. That is something to take advantage of in Finland."

Stohl gathers manufacturer points

On Saturday, Manfred Stohl made the biggest leap forward of all WRC drivers. The OMV driver moved up from 17th to ninth overall place. The chance for a driver WRC-point is still alive - though it will only become reality if one of the drivers in front of him has to retire during the four special stage on Sunday. But he can gather a lot of manufacture points in any case. Prior to the last leg the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has the opportunity to win nine points. Stohl: "We did our best. Now we'll have to wait and see. But like one has seen today: in Finland even a short special stage can become a stumbling block."

Grönholm close to sixth victory

Tomorrow Marcus Grönholm has the opportunity to become the absolute sovereign of the Rally Finland. The Ford works driver is close to his sixth victory. Given his performance on Saturday, only some technical malfunction could prevent that. Leading by over one minute on Sebastien Loeb (Fra/Citroen Xsara WRC) he can take things rather easy on Sunday. Third place is securely in the hands of Mikko Hirvonen (Fin/Ford).

-credit: omv

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Series WRC
Drivers Marcus Gronholm , Sébastien Loeb , Manfred Stohl , Mikko Hirvonen , Gianluigi Galli , Henning Solberg , Cato Menkerud
Teams Citroën World Rally Team