Tour de Corse : Subaru World Rally Team - Leg 2
Stéphane Sarrazin and Petter Solberg fought hard on the twisty stages today and moved up the leaderboard to eighth and 11th overall respectively.
On only his second Tour de Corse, Chris Atkinson demonstrated his increasing
confidence on asphalt and moved up 15 places. He will start tomorrow's final Leg in 14th place.
“It's been another difficult day for me. I'm doing my best and testing a lot of things, but that's pretty much all I can do.”
“It's okay. We improved the car a bit, I'm more confident with it and can push a bit more but it's still difficult. We are fighting for seventh position and I will try to catch Stohl, he's only 30 seconds in front and everything is possible tomorrow. It will be a long day though, there are still four stages to go and they are quite tricky, so we will see.”
“In general I'm pretty happy with how we were going today. Our performance has been good this afternoon, we just keep learning, keep chipping away and that's the plan for tomorrow too.”
Luis Moya, SWRT Sporting Director
“Petter, Chris and Stéphane have all driven well today but we're still trying to find the pace we need on these roads. The cars have run faultlessly all day and this has enabled us to gather useful data which will help us in the future.
Mario Isola, Pirelli Competizioni Rally Manager
“The progression of Subaru's performances is more than clear. Stéphane did a great job today, as is confirmed by the fact that he is constantly quick and the best of Pirelli-shod cars in the classification after the second Leg. He also drove impressively on the Corsica's special stages, surely enjoyable for the huge volume of spectators that followed this Leg. And after yesterday's bad day, Petter and Chris are already in a positive way and I'm confident about further improvement of the three Subaru Imprezas and their P Zero tyres during the last day of this rally.”
The final Leg of the Tour de Corse will comprise a further four stages and 112.10 competitive kilometres. Crews will twice negotiate the Penitencier Coti Chiavari – Pietra Rossa test last used in 2004 and Pont de Calzola – Agosta to the south of Ajaccio. The podium finish is scheduled for 1350hrs in the city's main square, the Place Foch.
Press release Subaru World Rally Team