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Swedish Rally: OMV Kronos preview

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT in full strength for the first time o Daniel Carlsson wants to reach podium like last year at Citroen- premiere o Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor have big plans for Sweden o Team Principal Marc Van Dalen expects a ...

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT in full strength for the first time

o Daniel Carlsson wants to reach podium like last year at Citroen- premiere

o Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor have big plans for Sweden

o Team Principal Marc Van Dalen expects a top-3-result

For the first time this season the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team will compete with two cars at the "Uddeholm Swedish Rally" (February 8 to 11, 2007). Following the solo-show by Manfred Stohl in Monte Carlo the team now gets reinforcements. The second Citroen Xsara WRC of the OMV Kronos Team will be steered by Daniel Carlsson and co-driver Denis Giraudet. The local hero reached third place last year at his home rally. And the fact that Manfred Stohl is in good form makes OMV Kronos Citroen Team Principal Marc Van Dalen confident, as well. He expects a podium place on the coming weekend.

Fans as factor of success

It will be a double-premiere for Daniel Carlsson at the Sweden Rally. For the first time he will steer the Citroen Xsara WRC to the pace notes of his new co-driver, Frenchman Denis Giraudet. The new OMV driver is confident, nevertheless: "I didn't get too many opportunities to test the new car so far. But I am sure that we will get along with the Xsara very well. It is surely an advantage that I will start into the season at my home rally. Yet I am convinced that we will be even stronger barely two weeks from now in Norway. But I definitely plan to fight for a podium place in front of my fans in Sweden. Their support will push me to a peak performance."

Hope for requited love

OMV driver Manfred Stohl hasn't had much luck at the Sweden Rally so far. In 2004 the 34-year-old Austrian had to retire following a spectacular rollover during the shakedown. And in 2006 Stohl had been in excellent fifth overall place, just behind this year's teammate Daniel Carlsson, when a missing snow wall forced him into SupeRally. This year the OMV duo Stohl/Minor plans to do better. Stohl: "As a matter of principle I really love driving on snow. Unfortunately this has not yet brought in a good final result. But I am convinced that we will be able to compete for points this weekend. The Xsara WRC is definitely competitive. Now it is up to us. And I hope to meet some requited love this time around in Sweden - since I really like this rally very much." Prior to the beginning of the recce on Tuesday Stohl and OMV Teammate Daniel Carlsson completed one day of testing on Monday.

Van Dalen has confidence in his team

Marc Van Dalen, Team Principal of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team, is confident for the second run to the FIA World Rally Championship. He expects a podium place for both Carlsson/Giraudet and Stohl/Minor do have the potential for it. Van Dalen: "We didn't have much time for preparation prior to the first rally in Monte Carlo. But this time around we are perfectly prepared and very confident for the Sweden Rally. Daniel has already proven that he can reach the podium in Sweden. And I am sure that Manfred, as an Austrian, basically grew up driving on snow. Furthermore, it will be important that we gather points for the manufacture ranking." Currently the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team lies in fourth place with two points. But in Monte Carlo Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor had been on their own.

Further EUR 13.640 for OMV Move & Help possible

This year's season of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team is under the sign of OMV Move & Help. For each special stage kilometre completed by the team 20 Euro will be donated to educational projects by Caritas, SOS Children's Village and UNICEF. When Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor reached the finish line in Monte Carlo they had already gathered EUR 6.580. For Sweden 341 special stage kilometres are scheduled. Should Stohl and Carlsson reach the finish line this would mean further EUR 13.640 for over 35.000 children and youths who are being aided by OMV Move & Help.

341 special stage kilometres on 19 special stages

The Uddeholm Swedish Rally will commence on Thursday (February 8) in Karlstad at 19.00 (local time) with a super stage. 19 further special stages with a length of altogether 341,20 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (February 9 to 11). The overall length measures exactly 1.730,36 kilometres. The surface consists to 100% of snow. The finish line will be crossed on Sunday at 14.00 (local time) in Karlstad, following the final super stage that had already been completed as first special stage.

This is Sweden

Area: 449.964 sq km; Population: 9.001.800 inhabitants; Population density: 20 people per sq km; Capital: Stockholm (1.670.000 inhabitants); Sweden was founded in 995 and became a sovereign state in 1523. Since 1995 Sweden is a member of the European Union.

-credit: omv/kronos

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