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Rally Portugal: OMV Kronos preview

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT on the hunt for points in Portugal * Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor have gathered self-confidence in Mexico * Daniel Carlsson is already on the winners list at the Portugal Rally * OMV Move & Help-pot already filled with EUR...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT on the hunt for points in Portugal

* Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor have gathered self-confidence in Mexico

* Daniel Carlsson is already on the winners list at the Portugal Rally

* OMV Move & Help-pot already filled with EUR 41.780

The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team will once again enter the "Vodafone Rally de Portugal" with two cars. Besides Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor, Daniel Carlsson and Denis Giraudet will compete again. The Swede is, after having taken a break in Mexico, all fired up for his first gravel assignment with the Citroen Xsara WRC. Manfred Stohl doesn't need any further motivation, either. The return to Portugal, one of his favourite rallies, is reason enough for the 34-year-old Austrian to give his all.

Three times in second place already

Portugal has always been worth the journey for OMV driver Manfred Stohl. Until 2001 last year's WRC-fourth has competed six times overall in the south-west of Europe. Never, though, at the Algarve where the rally has taken place for the last two years. His balance: three times in second place in the series class. For the last time in 2001 when he also finished in 15th overall place. Six years later he is more motivated than ever. Stohl: "Our first gravel rally in Mexico has already been very satisfying. I am sure that we can do even better in Portugal since our car has been overhauled. Even though I don't know the special stages in this part of Portugal I am still convinced that they should be to my liking. I am very confident that we will score points at the fifth run to the FIA World Rally Championship."

Carlsson victorious in Portugal

Following seventh place in Norway Daniel Carlsson had taken an almost one- and-a-half months long break. For the Swede of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team Portugal is the third of six so far agreed upon assignments this year. And the comeback-rally should suit Carlsson. The 30-year-old OMV driver won the Portugal Rally 2005, which wasn't part of the WRC but already took place at the Algarve. Carlsson: "I am very glad that we get going again. We obviously have a small advantage in Portugal since we already have competed there and know that we can be very fast. It is nevertheless a difference whether you steer a group N car as I did in 2005 or compete in a WorldRally Car like this year. I believe it will be most important for us to cross the finish line in order to score points for the driver and manufacture ranking."

-credit: omv kronos

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Series WRC
Drivers Daniel Carlsson , Manfred Stohl , Denis Giraudet , Ilka Minor
Teams Citroën World Rally Team