Poland - Petter Solberg World Rally Team - Day Two
Petter Solberg had quite a Day Two at Rally Poland, an event where it seems everyone is continously racing at the very limit to either catch up or defend a position.
While Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Dani
Sordo fight it out for the podium, fourth place has become a battle to the finish between Sebastien Ogier, Henning Solberg, and of course Petter.
The Norwegian fought hard to re-enter the provisional top five today, and Solberg pushed his PSWRT Citroen Xsara WRC as hard as he could to reach that goal.
Finally, on the last stage of the day, he took over fifth place overall from his brother Henning by 1.3 seconds.
His target for Sunday is to overtake Sebastien Ogier, 7.4 seconds ahead. With four gravel stages to go followed by a concluding super special stage, the challenge remains feasible but will surely be complicated by the Xsara'a lesser power compared to the modern WRC cars.
"We are absolutely flat out all the time and really on the limit, we cannot go any faster," Solberg declared.
"We changed to a different engine program for the morning loop, but went back to yesterday's for the afternoon loop," he explained. "We also changed to stiffer springs, and it made the body more stable in the ruts."
"The stages are unbelievable fast, our average speed on SS13 was 116kph," Solberg remarked.