Harri Leads Peugeot Attack Peugeot driver Harri Rovanpera has finished the second day of the Rally Great Britain in a points-scoring sixth place, after a fighting drive in difficult conditions. The weather on the second leg was once more ...
Harri Leads Peugeot Attack
Peugeot driver Harri Rovanpera has finished the second day of the Rally Great Britain in a points-scoring sixth place, after a fighting drive in difficult conditions.
The weather on the second leg was once more variable, with rain characterising the long morning loop of six gravel stages. In the afternoon, conditions dried considerably, but road surfaces remained slippery throughout the day.
Harri started the leg in eighth place after suffering some problems yesterday, but he fought back with a rapid and reliable run today. His car was trouble-free and he coped well with the difficult conditions. His tactic is to steer clear of problems and ensure the maximum points haul for Peugeot.
He said: "Everything was fine, although conditions were very difficult as we had full wet weather on the morning's stages and the surfaces were extremely slippery. Luckily we made a very good tyre choice with a soft compound, which gave us quite good grip throughout the stages. The feeling with the car is nice now, so we plan to keep attacking. But there is no point in taking unnecessary risks either, so our main priority is to get to the finish."
Marcus Gronholm started the day in third place, challenging for the lead. But unfortunately his hopes of victory came to an end on the day's second stage, when he went off the road.
Marcus: "On stage 9 I was distracted by a warning light on my dashboard display, which meant that I wasn't concentrating properly. We came towards a normal left-hand corner, and I turned into it as usual but behind a straw bale on the inside of the corner was a metal post that took the front wheel off. I was able to fix the car with some parts that we were carrying, but it took too long and so we are out of the rally. It's been a difficult event, and this is clearly not my season..."
Marcus will not start the final leg of the rally under the trial of the new Super Rally system, but Daniel Carlsson - who retired yesterday - will once more take advantage of the new regulations. The young Swede, making his debut in the 307 WRC, is building up experience with the car and set some promising times today.
The final leg of the Rally Great Britain takes in four stages, culminating with a final run through the Cardiff spectator superspecial. The winner is expected on the finish ramp at 1535.