Australia : Subaru World Rally Team - Leg 2
Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg holds second place overall at the end of the second day of competition on Rally Australia.
Solberg's Impreza WRC2006 ran faultlessly throughout the Leg and enabled him to set
a string of top-three times, as well as the stage win on the longest test of the day. With six more timed stages remaining, the Norwegian looks on course to equal his best result of the season so far.
Solberg's team-mate Chris Atkinson restarted after retiring from the lead earlier in the event. Although out of contention for the result he had hoped for, the 26-year-old Australian made the most of the opportunity to test his Impreza before the next WRC round in New Zealand.
“It's been very close today and I've really enjoyed the fight. This afternoon was not as damp as we hoped, so I think I lost some time there with the tyre choice. Of course I really want to win, but I think Mikko wants to win too! It's a long day tomorrow and the stages are a bit more difficult so it will be very interesting to see what happens.”
“After the time loss yesterday there was nothing to be gained in being a hero today.
I didn't have the same confidence in the car as yesterday, so I've not been taking big risks and have wanted to look after the car for New Zealand.”
Richard Taylor, Managing Director
“I am pleased that once more we are in the fight at the top of the leaderboard. Again, both cars have run without fault and Petter is challenging hard to win. Chris has set some solid times throughout the day and has not taken any chances. There's still another 100km to go tomorrow with some tricky stages that will I am sure suit Petter, so we look forward to the action.”
Sunday's final Leg of competition starts from 0600hrs, when crews leave park ferme in Perth and tackle a loop of three forest stages, totalling 51 competitive kilometres, in the countryside to the east of the city. After a 30-minute service, the loop is repeated before the cars return to Langley Park for the finish ceremony. The winning car will drive over the podium at 1430hrs.
Press release Subaru World Rally Team