Galli delighted with Peugeot podium
Petter Solberg took the runner up position behind Sebastien Loeb
at the weekend in Argentina after a much more competitive showing from the Subaru Impreza in this gravel event.
After struggling on the asphalt in both Spain and Corsica
with the Pirelli-Impreza package, Solberg ended the Rally Argentina 45 seconds behind Loeb and 2m40s ahead of Gigi Galli.
"We had the pace when we had no problems, I won stages, he won stages," explained Solberg who moves up to joint fourth in the championship standings with Manfred Stohl. "We went very well, actually. It's the small details we have to sort out, so we can go through a whole rally without any problems. It's going to be tough from now, trust me, I'm tough, things are improving – the car, the tyres. We're going to have a lot of fun from now on. Seb has quite a good lead, but he can have problems also. We will see. I think it's going to be even tougher from now as Marcus is getting more confidence in his car and I'm getting more into things."
Gigi Galli is the highest placed privateer in third position, driving a Peugeot 307 WRC, also using Pirelli tyres. It is the best result for Galli so far this season as he moves up to sixth in the championship.
"We decide we don't push too much because I couldn't understand the car," explained Galli. "I didn't make any test before, so all of the time I was being smooth. I could keep good pace and then we didn't make any mistake: no spins, no stalls, which was great for me. To be honest, yes, I couldn't imagine the podium. I know there is a lot of great crews and I couldn't imagine to have that. I know Argentina is a very tough rally – as we see – but that, I couldn't imagine."
E.A. Source FIA