Stepan wants to gain experience on that surface
At the beginning of this year Stepan Vojtech had only planned for two assignments in the FIA World Rally Championship.
These were the start in Mexico with the OMV CEE World Rally Team and one assignment on tarmac in the
Peugeot 206 WRC in Spain. But the impressive performance in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII in the Production Car World Rally Championship wet the 29-year-old Czech's appetite for more loose ground. The Czech OMV duo Stepan Vojtech/Michal Ernst will therefore compete in Argentina (April 27 to April 30, 2006) once more in a Mitsubishi prepared by Stohl-Racing.
Still a fledgling on gravel
WRC fever has hit Stepan Vojtech. Following his seventh place in the P-WRC in Mexico he prepared for a further start on gravel – and his time will come in Argentina. The OMV driver will not compete within the framework of the OMV CEE World Rally Team (this rally had not been entered in last December), but in group N. Vojtech: “At the moment it is not so important that I can't score in the P-WRC since I'm still a fledgling on gravel. But I was so enthused by my gravel premiere in Mexico that I absolutely had to compete once again on gravel in the WRC.”
But it is not just fun that makes Vojtech take up the Argentinian adventure. To him his assignment is a preparation for a future WRC program.
“For now, we want to gain experience. The Mitsubishi is the perfect car to get the right feeling for loose gravel surface. Even though the result is not paramount we still want to cut a good figure. Since the Argentinian local heroes are known to be very fast on gravel we will see whether we have made some progress since Mexico,” explains OMV driver Vojtech.
351 special stage kilometres on 22 special stages
The Rally Argentina will commence on Thursday (April 27) with two super special stages in the football stadium of Cordoba at 19.05 (local time). Twenty further special stages with a length of 351,44 kilometres are scheduled from Friday to Sunday (April 28 - 30). The overall length measures exactly 1.474,82 kilometres. The finishing line will be crossed on Sunday (April 30) at about 13.20 (local time) after the final super stage.
Press release OMV CEE