A very difficult first day for Red Bull Skoda, the team is glad to have both Fabia WRCs at the leg's finish in Kemer Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen (FIN) improve to 12th position overall after their early problems For Andreas Aigner...
A very difficult first day for Red Bull Skoda, the team is glad to have both Fabia WRCs at the leg's finish in Kemer Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen (FIN) improve to 12th position overall after their early problems
For Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) it's the other way round, after a very strong start they are classified thirteenth after the first day
Marcus Gronholm continues as front runner, but the Finn' lead over Petter Solberg has been reduced to 26.1 seconds
The two Fabia WRCs of Red Bull Skoda were running at a variable pace today, on the first leg of the Rally of Turkey. In the beginning it was Andreas Aigner who made everyone take notice with P7, but subsequently his times tailed off slightly. After his mishap in the morning when he had returned to the Kemer service park on three wheels, Harri Rovanpera was able to show his speed on the final stages of the afternoon, his reward was a seventh- fastest special stage time as well.
The two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz were not dissatisfied: "It has been a very difficult day for the entire team. Not since Portugal 2000 has the weather been this bad during a WRC event. It's not just the drivers who suffer from it, but also our mechanics. First of all we're glad that we had both cars finish the first day. It had been incredibly difficult for the drivers to find the right pace because of the disastrous conditions. Harri has improved tremendously, it's just the rock this morning that has denied him a top position. It has been exactly the other way round for Andreas, he started off very well but later lost some time. It has been important for us to realize that both cars are running very well, and fast too."