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Rally New Zealand: OMV Peugeot Norway preview

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT ready for New Zealand Rally Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor confident for another podium place following the success in Australia Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud want to score The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is very ...

OMV Peugeot Norway WRT ready for New Zealand Rally

Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor confident for another podium place following the success in Australia

Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud want to score

The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is very confident for the "Propecia Rally New Zealand", the next-to-last run to the FIA World Rally Championship from November 16 to 19. Manfred Stohl and co-driver Ilka Minor are especially motivated to reach the podium once again, following their third place at the Rally Australia. And OMV duo Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud is hot to score points after their retirement in Australia.

Podium is the goal

Manfred Stohl has every reason to be satisfied with the season so far. After all, the OMV driver has already reached his professed goal of scoring 40 points in the diver ranking two runs prior to the finish. "From now on everything is a bonus. We can be satisfied, the more so since there were several new runs and events that we hadn't competed in in years during our first complete season in a World Rally Car ", says the 34-year-old Viennese. Even better for the OMV duo Stohl and co Ilka Minor, the characteristics of the Propecia Rally New Zealand remind of the ones in Australia. In Down Under, Manfred Stohl's third overall place with the Peugeot 307 WRC had already meant the third podium place for the OMV Peugeot Norway WRT this season. Definitely a boost for his self-confidence even if the Rally New Zealand will be a challenge. A fact that Stohl knows: "Weather forecasts predict alternating rain and sunshine for the weekend. That means that those will be in front who not only show courage but also prove lucky in the tyre lottery. Even though the new special stages will reduce the tempo somewhat." Should Manfred Stohl prove lucky he also could move up to fourth place in the driver WRC intermediate ranking since the OMV driver is only three points behind Dani Sordo (Spa/Citroen Xsara WRC).

New rally, new luck

Henning Solberg feels quite combative prior to the start of the Rally New Zealand for his spectacular take-off in Australia is not yet forgotten. "I want to straighten that record, which is why I can hardly wait for the start of the rally ", says the 33-year-old Norwegian of the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team. As opposed to Australia, the Propecia Rally New Zealand isn't unchartered territory for Solberg. The OMV driver becomes quite enthusiastic when talking about the spectacular special stages in Kiwi Country: "I just like it when things get really speedy. And Waahanga Coast is surely one of the most beautiful and racy special stages of all." And Henning Solberg and co Cato Menkerud already know what it feels like to be among the top 3 since they reached the podium for the first time in Turkey.

358 special stage kilometres on 17 special stages

The Propecia Rally New Zealand will commence on Thursday (November 16) at 19.30 local time in Hamilton (140 kilometres south of Auckland). 17 special stage kilometres with a length of 358,48 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (November 17 -19). The overall length measures exactly 1.354,26 kilometres. The crossing of the finish line is scheuled for Sunday at 14.30 local time in Hamilton.

-credit: www.owrt.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Manfred Stohl , Henning Solberg , Cato Menkerud , Ilka Minor
Teams Citroën World Rally Team