Cyprus : OMV Peugeot Norway - Finish
The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team has proven its status as best private team once again at the Cyprus Rally 2006.
Only the Ford works team also had two drivers within scoring ranks. Manfred Stohl already reached fourth place
for the third time in this year's FIA World Rally Championship.
OMV Teammate Henning Solberg finished sixth and together they won nine points for the manufacturers' championship which again brought them closer to the Subaru works team. Sebastien Loeb
(Fra/Citroen Xsara WRC) celebrated a hat-trick and extended the lead in the championship with his 28th victory.
Getting the maximum
Manfred Stohl achieved all that was possible at the Cyprus Rally. Fourth place was the maximum for the 34-year-old OMV driver. For if the Ford works team and Sebastien Loeb
are able to finish a rally without grave problems a place on the podium is close to impossible for a private team.
But the remainder of the works teams as well as the best privateers in the world stood, like several times already this season, no chance against the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team. Stohl: “We did all we could and performed quite a satisfying rally. Of course, I would have loved to be on the podium but fourth place also brings us a little closer to Sordo in the WRC. The Cyprus Rally was as tough as expected.
The great heat and the extreme road conditions demand everything of you during these three days.” With 33 points to his account Manfred Stohl consolidated his fifth place in the WRC standings.
Fight to the last
Henning Solberg, the Norwegian in the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team, fought right up to the last special stage kilometre. And it paid off. When his brother Petter Solberg (Subaru) hit a rock on SS 22 and had to slow down, Henning overtook the rally World Champion of 2003. Then Xavi Pons (Spa/Citroen Xsara WRC) came to a stop just short of the service and was awarded a five-minute-penalty. Thus Henning Solberg finished in sixth overall place. Solberg: “It was a kind of poetic justice for the bad luck we had on the first day. It was really a tough rally and an ideal preparation for Turkey in three weeks. We are happy about any place that wins us points and this also justifies our commitment in the FIA World Rally Championship.” The OMV driver currently lies in eighth place in the WRC standings.
Top in the manufacturers' World Championship
As best M2-Team, the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team currently stands at 59 points in the manufacturers' standings and lies in fourth place. They won four points on the Subaru WRT (M1) and reduced the difference to 20 points. “But one has to note that we only nominated for twelve out of 16 runs in the manufacturers' championship. Up to now we took four breaks. In that light our score is sensational. It is a great joy to be among the top players with both drivers as a private team. Manfred and Henning did a perfect job,” says Jackie Bozian (Bozian-Racing), Team Manager of the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team.
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