MARCUS GRONHOLM UP TO THIRD Marcus Gronholm has continued his spectacular charge up the leaderboard today by depriving his compatriot Harri Rovanpera of third place on the penultimate stage of leg two of the Wales Rally GB. A good run through...
MARCUS GRONHOLM UP TO THIRD
Marcus Gronholm has continued his spectacular charge up the leaderboard today by depriving his compatriot Harri Rovanpera of third place on the penultimate stage of leg two of the Wales Rally GB. A good run through the morning's stages allowed his team mate Markko Martin to take a solid sixth place.
Having dropped to 19th overall after a brake problem on the second stage of the rally, Marcus started today's action in fourth place. With a 40 second deficit to Harri Rovanpera in third, Marcus set four second-fastest times and two third-fastest times to reel in Rovanpera. He passed the Mitsubishi driver on SS12.
Marcus Gronholm: "Today has been good, but it has not quite been the same as fighting for a victory. It's a pity, as we undoubtedly had a car that was good enough to win here. This morning's stages were quite difficult, so I was not taking any risks. I knew that if I kept going at the same pace I could pass Harri Rovanpera, but I think it will be a different story to catch Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg. Still, there are four long stages to go tomorrow so anything can happen."
Markko Martin: "This morning was a little bit better for me, as I managed to find some better differential settings which gave me more control over the car. These stages generally suit me quite well, but I need to have full confidence in order to really attack them. The main thing is that we are in a solid points scoring position, and we will try and move a bit higher up the leaderboard tomorrow."
Jean-Pierre Nicolas: "Marcus's objective today was to pass Harri Rovanpera. Helped by Pirelli's tyres he did a brilliant job, taking time off Rovanpera on every stage. As a result, he is now third. At the same time he has been steadily gaining on Petter Solberg: after losing a minute and half yesterday he is now just 44 seconds off the Subaru. The final leg tomorrow is unusually long, making up a third of the rally's competitive distance. That is still not enough for Marcus to catch Solberg under normal circumstances, but he will continue to pile on the pressure. Markko had a good run through the morning's stages, giving Francois Duval something to think about. He asked for some damper adjustments in the afternoon, which turned out not to be the ideal choice."