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Rally Great Britain: Red Bull Skoda leg two summary

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Rally Great Britain: Red Bull Skoda leg two summary
Dec 4, 2006, 10:38 PM

Red Bull Skoda was running just one remaining Fabia WRC in Wales today Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen (FIN) set two top ten times and are classified in ninth overall Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) are unable to make use of SupeRally ...

Red Bull Skoda was running just one remaining Fabia WRC in Wales today

Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen (FIN) set two top ten times and are classified in ninth overall

Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) are unable to make use of SupeRally after retiring yesterday, the car was too badly damaged when it rolled twice

Finland's Marcus Gronholm (Ford) continues to be in charge ahead of Austria's Manfred Stohl (Peugeot)

On the second day of Wales Rally GB, run in very changeable conditions, Finland's Harri Rovanpera was Red Bull Skoda's sole representative.

After Andreas Aigner had rolled his Fabia WRC on SS 5 yesterday, the car was inspected by the mechanics, who diagnosed damage that could not be repaired within the time frame allowed by SupeRally.

The two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz about this decision: "At first we thought it was just a torn-off left rear wheel but upon closer inspection we found further, more serious damage in the front which was impossible to repair within the allotted time frame."

Andreas Aigner too was accordingly subdued. "Spectating absolutely isn't my line, I'd rather sit in the car. But unfortunately too much damage was done prior to our roll despite the slow speed at which we hit the tree stump."

After starting well yesterday, Harri Rovanpera managed two top ten times in the morning, the Finn moved up to ninth overall before the end of the day: "I had a very decent morning, but far from ideal. The stages were very slippery, I had trouble keeping the car on the road. In the afternoon suddenly I had no more grip, I had too much wheel spin time and again, I don't know why. Hopefully we will solve this in service, so we can try and score points tomorrow."

At the top, Finland's Marcus Gronholm was once again in charge today. Behind him a great duel developed between Petter Solberg (Subaru) and Manfred Stohl. At the end of the second day Stohl is in second with a 49.9 second advantage over Solberg.

-credit: red bull skoda

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