Rally d'Italia Sardegna
After a premature ending of the WRC Rally Sardegna for Peter van Merksteijn sr. yesterday, his son Peter jr. was also forced to park his Citroën DS3 WRC at the side of the road after just 3 stages. With the retirement of the second car the third round of the WRC season of Van Merksteijn Motorsport is over.
Peter van Merksteijn sr. suffered from problems early in the rally on Friday morning and had to leave his DS3 WRC at the side of the stage. After another competitor was unable to avoid hitting his car, the damage to the car proved to be too much to repair during the service in Olbia yesterday evening and that he was not able to restart for the second day of his first WRC rally with the Citroën.
Peter van Merksteijn jr. and Eddy Chevaillier left the service this morning for the three morning stages with a total length of 71 kilometers. On the opening two long stages of the morning of 29 and 28 kilometers, Peter jr. had a very good drive and was able to match the pace of the other WRC drivers. Despite a small error on the very slippery gravel stages south of Olbia, he was very competitive end managed to climb a position in the overall standing to 15th place.
The final special stage of the morning, just 14 kilometers long, went also very well. However, at the finish of the stage the engine of his DS3 WRC developed problems and a disappointed Peter jr. had to park the car and the end of his entry in the WRC Rally Sardegna became a fact. "I am really disappointed. This morning things went finally a lot better than yesterday and now this happens to me" told Peter jr. "It was not possible to drive back to Olbia with this engine so this rally is over for me. I hope to have better luck in three weeks time in Argentina."