GRONHOLM GIVES CHASE TO SOLBERG ! A gap of just 17 seconds between Peugeot driver Marcus Gronholm and Petter Solberg at the start of leg two of the Rally Turkey set the scene for a battle which was as hot as the ambient temperature in Kemer,...
GRONHOLM GIVES CHASE TO SOLBERG !
A gap of just 17 seconds between Peugeot driver Marcus Gronholm and Petter Solberg at the start of leg two of the Rally Turkey set the scene for a battle which was as hot as the ambient temperature in Kemer, rally headquarters. After problems for Mitsubishi driver Gigi Galli on the opening loop of stages, Marcus managed to claim second place. However he was rapidly pursued by Solberg, who reeled him in second by second. Solberg passed Marcus on SS13, but the gap between them before the final leg is just 7.8 seconds. Only two action-packed stages remain tomorrow to decide the outcome--
Marcus Gronholm: " It's good to be fighting for second place but of course I would rather be fighting for victory. But OK -- Sebastien has been in a class of his own here, and we can only do our best and hope that he has a problem! Nothing has really gone wrong for us today but I am not quite sure if some of our tyre choices were correct for the conditions: sometimes the tyres seemed to be too hard. The car has again been very reliable, and we've got a good battle with Petter on the final day to look forward to. I'm going to be pushing hard but I don't want to do anything that risks our chance of scoring points for Peugeot. "
Markko Martin: " It's been an interesting fight with Toni Gardemeister, but he had a problem on the last loop of stages which takes the pressure off us. We've been quite lucky with the rain on the middle loop of stages today; it rained a lot on the road sections but seemed to stay dry on the competitive sections. We've also made some adjustments to the brakes today, which worked well. It's clear now that there is not so much we can do to make up another place so it is a question of keeping concentrated and trying to maintain our position to the end. The conditions are tricky, but the car has given us no problems. "
Jean Pierre Nicolas : " Today turned out exactly as we expected : Sebastien Loeb seemed untouchable and there was a big fight between Marcus and Petter Solberg. The Subaru driver has a small advantage of 7 seconds tonight, which Marcus is more than capable of making up on the 50 kilometres of stages which remain tomorrow. He will therefore need to drive quickly but without taking risks. Going off is strictly forbidden, as we need to score some points ! "