At the Rally Waldviertel
The OMV Rally Waldviertel is a traditional meeting place for the best OMV teams from several countries.
Even though Manfred Stohl (OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team) won't be able to compete this year due to the WRC round in Australia that
takes place at the same time, Hungarian Balasz Benik from the ranks of OMV stands any chance for overall victory. All in all, seven OMV teams will take up the fight for the internal OMV championship – and for the already legendary trophy: the “Golden Petrol Can”.
Hunt for Benik
All the odds are on a victory by Balasz Benik at the OMV Rally Waldviertel 2006. The Hungarian OMV driver probably has the best car at his disposal, the Ford Focus WRC 03. Not to mention that he knows the Austrian Rally Championship finale very well. After all, he has already been successful in the Waldviertel in 2004. Benik: “I am aware that I am the one who is being hunted. But I am very confident and am also looking forward to the high percentage of gravel.” Benik will be competing for the first time with Laszlo Bunkoczi as his co-driver. Which shouldn't be a disadvantage since he has the experience of three participations at the Rally Paris-Dakar.
Top competitors in any class
But the rest of the OMV Teams don't have to hide, either. In each class where representatives of the main sponsor compete chances for top places are given. Taking, for instance, Stepan Vojtech. The Czech has already gained WRC gravel experience in Mexico and Argentina prior to the ÖM (Austrian Championship) finale. He will compete in the Waldviertel in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX of class N4.
Tibor Cserhalmi (Mistubishi Lancer Evo IX) will be one of his opponents. The Slovak is also an old hand at the OMV Rally Waldviertel. In 2004, for example, he finished overall seventh. Serbian OMV driver Vladan Petrovic (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI), on the other hand, is an unknown quantity since he will compete in the Waldviertel for the first time.
In class A6 two OMV drivers are getting ready to roll with their Super 1600 Kit Cars.
From Germany, the OMV Junior Rally Team has entered Aaron Burkart (Citroen C2 Super 1600). The young man from Berlin has already scored nine points in the Junior WRC this season – his best result being fifth place in Sardinia – on gravel.
His immediate opponent will be Bulgarian Vilhelm Kanchev (Peugeot 206 Super 1600), who counts among the fastest Kitcar-drivers in his homeland. He wants to represent Jasen Popov who won last year's EC-ranking of the OMV Rally Waldviertel.
In the alternative class of gas and diesel cars, Austrian Beppo Harrach will represent the colours of OMV. He will steer a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Mitsubishi Evo VI and plans to be among the top 10 in the overall ranking.
Who will win the “Golden Petrol Can”?
For the third time an internal ranking among the OMV drivers will decide who will win the “Golden Petrol Can” of OMV. Following Balasz Benik's triumph in 2004, Stepan Vojtech was able to carry the trophy home last year. Still, everyone stands the same chance to win this very special prize. The result in each respective class will be assessed. In case of a par the better special stage rankings will be decisive.
Press release OMV