OMV Peugeot Norway WRT faces the big showdown * Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor challenge Dani Sordo * Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud eager to score once more * 14 starts at Wales Rally GB already for OMV old hands The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally...
OMV Peugeot Norway WRT faces the big showdown
* Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor challenge Dani Sordo
* Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud eager to score once more
* 14 starts at Wales Rally GB already for OMV old hands
The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team will take up the last run to the FIA World Rally Championship, the Wales Rally GB, from November 29 to December 3 in the Cardiff area with a lot of self-confidence. Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg have bestowed the OMV Peugeot Norway WRT and Bozian Racing with the most successful season in history already prior to the showdown. Nevertheless, both the Austrian as well as the Norwegian OMV driver have big plans for the rally finale 2006.
Third podium place in a row
Following his two third places in Australia and New Zealand, Manfred Stohl naturally also is a hot candidate for the podium in Wales. And the 34-year- old OMV driver's record at the World Championship run on the British Isle is quite impressive. He scored at the last three events (places 7, 8 and 5). In 1998 and 2000 he superiorly won the class of FIA Production World Rally Cars. And the duel with Spanish Citroen-newcomer Dani Sordo should be more than enough motivation for the OMV duo Stohl/Minor at the 2006-edition of the Wales Rally GB. In order to overtake him, Stohl will need two points more than his opponent. Stohl: "The Wales Rally suits me just fine. I like the conditions and know that I can be very fast there. It is good that we still have a goal in front of us in order to keep up the tension. And I obviously want to end this season with my fourth podium place."
Conciliatory end of the year
Things didn't go according to plan overseas for Henning Solberg. The 33- year-old Norwegian still hasn't lost his humour. Nor his speed. For in Australia and New Zealand he achieved sensational special stage times. In Wales the OMV driver plans to score some more points. He currently stands at 25 points and lies in eighth place. Xavi Pons (Spa/28 points) is still within reach. In any case it should be a conciliatory end to this year's season. Solberg: "We drive a very high speed which sometimes takes its toll. But it is the only way to keep up with the top. It is important to us to test our limits. We have had some very good results this year already. And we want to top that at the Wales Rally."
OMV drivers with a lot of experience
Their experience at the Wales Rally GB will come in handy for Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg at the finale of the FIA World Rally Championship 2006. Together they have 14 starts to their credit. Stohl adds nine participations to the equation. Solberg will compete for the sixth time this year. Furthermore, the two steering-wheel-wizards have already bestowed the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team and Bozian Racing with the most successful season in history. The M2-ranking has already been won prematurely and superiorly with an average of 7,3 points per run and an overall score of 80 points.
356 special stage kilometres on 17 special stages
The Wales Rally GB will commence on Thursday (November 30) at 19.30 (local time) in Cardiff in front of the Millenium Stadium. 17 special stages with a length of 355,92 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (December 1 - 3). The overall length measures exactly 1.206,67 kilometres. The whole rally will be completed on gravel. The super stage on Saturday in the Millenium Stadium will be the absolute highlight. With a length of 1,1 kilometres it will be the shortest special stage in the FIA World Rally Championship. The finish line will be crossed on Sunday (December 3) at 15.41 (local time) in front of the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.