Australia : OMV Peugeot Norway - Leg 2
One could call the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team the winner of the second day of the Telstra Rally Australia.
During the 120,36 special stage kilometres, Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor overtook the Spanish duo Xevi Pons/Carlos
del Barrio. But the Austrian OMV duo turned the eight seconds they were behind into a lead of 20,1 seconds. Now it is paramount to get this result across the finish line. But there are still over 100 special stage kilometres to go on Sunday.
An almost perfect day
Conditions on the second day of the Telstra Rally Australia suited Manfred Stohl much better. The 34-year-old OMV driver took advantage of this fact and moved up from fourth to third overall. Thereby he extended his lead on Xevi Pons (Spa/Citroen Xsara WRC) up to 20,1 seconds. Stohl: “I can't complain. The streets weren't half as slippery today. This was because the surface beneath the loose gravel was very soft. That does give you more grip. And I naturally increased the speed and tried to put pressure on Xevi.
It is quite a joy when everything works faultlessly.”
No made bed
But last year's third-placed is still convinced that it will yet need a strong performance to repeat this result. 20,1 seconds are no made bed. Therefore the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team will try their all to counter any attacks by Pons. Stohl: “Xevi will try anything. But we are well prepared. Even though these 20 seconds don't mean anything when you make a slip, they still speak in our favour. But I don't just want to react to his attacks but rather go a high tempo myself.”
Press release OMV Peugeot Norway