LEG TWO : NICOLAS BERNARDI CLIMBS UP THE LEADERBOARD Nicolas Bernardi has driven an excellent second leg of the Rally de France-Tour de Corse, regularly improving his times and entering the overall top 10 tonight. Nicolas, classified 14th at...
LEG TWO : NICOLAS BERNARDI CLIMBS UP THE LEADERBOARD
Nicolas Bernardi has driven an excellent second leg of the Rally de France-Tour de Corse, regularly improving his times and entering the overall top 10 tonight.
Nicolas, classified 14th at the end of the opening leg, was one of the first cars on the road today -- but for once this was not a handicap. The weather remained dry and warm throughout the leg's four stages, giving the Frenchman the opportunity to show what he can do. Nicolas consistently increased his pace, ending the day with a fourth-fastest time on the final stage -- the quickest of all the Pirelli runners. The only 'moment' he had all day was a spin on the second stage that cost about 20 seconds, as he had to manoeuvre the car back and forth to get going again.
Nicolas Bernardi: "I made a cautious start as I did not want to throw away this amazing chance to drive a factory car, which I have been waiting for since the start of my career. After changing some aspects of the set-up, and with more experience of the 307WRC, I felt much more at ease today and I was able to attack without holding back. With every kilometre my confidence is growing, so I hope for a good finish to this rally tomorrow, in order to start the Catalunya Rally with every opportunity to be quick from the start."
Jean-Pierre Nicolas: "We had to do without Marcus Gronholm on the second leg but we have seen Nicolas Bernardi getting stronger and stronger, setting split times which were increasingly impressive. After the first two stages, during which his tyres went off, Nicolas learned to look after them better in the afternoon. This allowed him to set an excellent fourth-fastest time that was quicker than any other Pirelli runner -- including Petter Solberg."