OMV Kronos Citroen WRT drops out on first leg Luck is no lady for the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team at the "Rally New Zealand", as well. For three special stages the 35-year-old OMV driver had tried to find his rhythm. And just when he had...
OMV Kronos Citroen WRT drops out on first leg
Luck is no lady for the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team at the "Rally New Zealand", as well. For three special stages the 35-year-old OMV driver had tried to find his rhythm. And just when he had gotten accustomed to the conditions the end came suddenly. During the fourth special stage Stohl/Minor slipped off the road in a left turn and couldn't get back on again. The Citroen Xsara WorldRallyCar remained almost undamaged. Therefore the OMV pair can try their luck once more within SupeRally on Saturday.
Unfortunately no spectators
Manfred Stohl had already completed almost 36 kilometres of the fourth special stage which lead over 43,88 kilometres. But then he approached a left turn too fast and slipped - rear first - into a ditch beside the road. Even though the Citroen Xsara WRC remained completely undamaged the OMV driver was not able to get back onto the road again.
Stohl: "It is a pity. I had a really good feeling at that time and we were also very fast on our way. Alas, too fast for that turn, as well. We didn't slip too far off the road, too. Just far enough as not to be able to get back onto the course on our own. Unfortunately there were no spectators at that spot. In fact, not a single one. That was it then for the first day of the rally. Now we will start within SupeRally on Saturday and see what is still possible. It will be a good training under racing conditions, in any case."
Outlook on Saturday
The second leg will lead the field at the New Zealand Rally over six special stages with 131,10 SS-kilometres. The overall length measures 545,38 kilometres. The restart will take place at 06:50 (local time) in Mystery Creek (near Hamilton). The finish of the leg for the first car will be at 17:41 Uhr (local time).