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Rally New Zealand: OMV CEE Team preview

Natalie Barratt for OMV CEE World Rally Team in New Zealand OMV CEE World Rally Team employs the only female driver in a WRC series The Brit and co-driver Dale Moscatt want to score points In 2005 Natalie Barratt had already been employed by...

Natalie Barratt for OMV CEE World Rally Team in New Zealand

OMV CEE World Rally Team employs the only female driver in a WRC series

The Brit and co-driver Dale Moscatt want to score points

In 2005 Natalie Barratt had already been employed by the OMV World Rally Team as the only female driver in a complete WRC series. Now the Brit will represent the OMV CEE World Rally Team at the "Propecia Rally New Zealand" from November 16 to 19. The OMV driver and her new co-driver Dale Moscatt want to score WRC points at the last run to the FIA Production Car-World Rally Championship 2006. Her car is also a novelty for Natalie Barrat: for the first time she will steer a Mitsubishi Evo IX.

Successful testing completed

The OMV Team took up work already on Monday. On two stages with a length of 3,6 km and 6 km respectively, altogether 80 kilometres of testing were completed. A first for Natalie Barratt with a Mitsubishi Evo IX and her new co-driver, Australian Dale Moscatt. "The tests were very important for us. We experimented with different suspension adjustments and coordinated the pace notes. Everyone has their own special way to write down notes", says the OMV driver, "but since all but two special stages are new we won't have the time for that during the recce."

First day of recce indicates changes

Natalie Barratt will compete at the Rally New Zealand for the fifth time. For her co-driver, and reigning Australian Rally Champion - in 2005 at the side of Cody Crocker -, it will be the second time at a WRC run in Kiwi Country. Following the first day of recce the OMV duo agrees: "The new special stages are much more difficult and also very slippery at times. The average speed will definitely be lower - especially if the predicted rainfalls set in." Still the signs for WRC points are good since the Brit prefers difficult runs.

-credit: www.omv.com/owrt

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Series WRC
Drivers Natalie Barratt , Dale Moscatt , Cody Crocker