Taking some 'flying lessons'
The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has completed two days of testing at the beginning of the week in the Finnish forest.
About 50 kilometres south of Jyväskylä Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg were able to prepare for the Neste Rally
Finland (August 18 to 20) for one day each on a four-kilometre long test course. Thereby all possible set-up variations were tested in order to guarantee for a faultless rally.
Flying is beautiful
Manfred Stohl was already enthusiastic prior to his day of testing in Finland. Afterwards the eyes of the 33-year-old OMV driver sparkled even more.
The four-kilometre long test course had been refined by ten jumps. Stohl: “You almost spend more time up in the air than on the road. It is an indescribable feeling. Praise to Bozian-Racing for having chosen the perfect test course.“
But emotions soon moved to the background for the main goal was to find the right set-up for the Finland Rally. A feat that seems to have been accomplished after 125 test kilometres. Stohl: “We worked a lot on the power allocation of the car and found a good set-up. I'm sure that we are very well prepared for this rally – even though the home advantage of the Scandinavians will come into play on these stages.“
307 WRC – almost an aeroplane
One day after Manfred Stohl, Henning Solberg took his place behind the steering wheel.
The Norwegian of the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team knows the stages in Finland by heart. The 33-year-old OMV driver has completed this WRC event six times already. Last year he finished in ninth overall place.
In order to score points in 2006 the preparation was refined. Solberg: “The right set-up is of even more significance due to the many jumps. It is important for the car to be perfectly balanced. But the Peugeot 307 WRC shows extremely good flight characteristics, which will surely give us reason to rejoice during the rally.“
Testing for OMV ADAC Rallye on location
The first run to the FIA World Rally Championship following the summer break will be the OMV ADAC Rallye from August 10 to 13 in Germany. This rally is traditionally a tarmac event. In order to be primed for this event the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team will complete one day of testing close to Trier on Monday prior to the rally.
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