Poland - Petter Solberg World Rally Team - Day One
By taking last evening's opening super special stage, Petter Solberg became the first leader of Rally Poland. Today the Norwegian was holding no illusions however, as he well knew that Day One's proper gravel stages - taking
place upon roads just as fast as Finland's - would present much different conditions.
Halfway through the day, Solberg has slipped to fifth overall, his Citroen Xsara unable to compete directly with the power of the recent WRC cars.
"The day is pretty much as I expected," the Norwegian said at the service break. "It's flat out all the way, and we don't have the same power. But in tricky sections we are fighting."
And sometimes the Petter Solberg World Rally Team crew saw good potential as well: "On the first part of the last stage this morning we had some really good splits and were on the same pace as the others."
Rally Poland's first full day of racing has been completed, and Solberg stands fourth in the overall rankings.
He gained two positions when the Citroen C4s of Sebastien Loeb
and Evgeny Novikov crashed out, but Solberg has the advantage of having avoided any mistakes and traps.
"I am quite happy with the day, the car is working well but I couldn't go any faster. It's been absolutely flat out and we have been on the limit several times," Solberg explained.
"Even with a full throttle we are 7-10kms slower than the rest, so fourth is just about what we expected," he added.
Rally Poland continues with six more stages tomorrow, with the first stage beginning at 10:14 local time.