Finland - OMV Kronos Citroen WRT - Leg 1
Manfred Stohl completed the possibly best rally day of the 2007 season on Friday at Rally Finland.
For at the WRC-run way up North, where home advantage comes more into play than on any other course in the world, an eighth
place is almost as good as finishing off the eight ball. That helps forget the visit into the ditch which prevented an even better result. What really counts for the OMV Team is the improved speed which was finally accomplished.
"The whole team, Kronos Racing and Citroen have worked very hard for this partial success. There are still a lot of special stage kilometres ahead of us, of course. But increased self-confidence also increases the speed," said Stohl.
The OMV duo of Stohl/Minor is especially happy that they once more get the chance to fight for a better place. Thus Henning Solberg is just 13,0 seconds ahead of the Austrian and Citroen works driver Dani Sordo only has a lead of 23,3 seconds.
"Tomorrow we won't have to wait for someone to retire to move up. We can actively join the fight.
Which we will do and ride an attack right from the morning on. Perhaps we get lucky as well and are a bit more alert than our immediate opponents," Stohl surmised.
The second day of Rally Finland will lead the competitors over nine special stages with an overall length of 186,10 kilometres. The day's highlight will be special stage Ouninpohja which, with its 33,01 kilometres length, is not only the longest of the rally but is also notorious for being the longest jump in the FIA World Rally Championship - up to 55 metres.
OMV Kronos Citroen WRT