Argentina : Subaru World Rally Team - Leg 1
Petter Solberg holds second place overall at the end of Leg one of Rally Argentina.
Solberg was fastest on three of the Leg's nine stages and will start tomorrow's second day of competition less than 20 seconds behind rally
leader Sebastien Loeb
. On only his second Rally Argentina, Chris Atkinson lies in seventh place.
“It's been a very interesting day, a lot has happened to us, but it's good fun fighting at the top and winning stages, that's where we belong. The gap between me and Sebastien is less than 20 seconds now – of course it's hard not to imagine where I could have been without losing time here and there today, but that's the game and we have two days still to come. I'm feeling very good about things and am really looking forward to tomorrow.”
“It's been a tough day. We started out well and set a couple of top three times, but struggled this afternoon. The surface was very rutted and the handling of the car has seemed inconsistent – especially on the last stage – because of this we've had to be quite cautious and have lost time. But we'll keep pushing as hard as we can and hopefully move up some places.
Luis Moya, Sporting Director
“Overall we're pleased with what we've achieved today. Petter has done an excellent job and even though he lost 14 seconds with a puncture and collected a 10 second penalty after a problem with a jack, his stage wins have proved our competitiveness on gravel. We believe it is still possible for Petter to achieve his target of the rally win. Early in the day Chris found it hard to find a comfortable driving rhythm but after some set-up changes we hope to see some improvement over the next couple of days.”
Leg two will feature a further eight stages and 150.41 competitive kilometres. After a 10 minute service from 0639hrs in Cordoba crews will head north for a repeat of three of Leg one's stages. In the afternoon the field will go to the mountains south of Cordoba for a further five tests.
Press release Subaru World Rally Team