Solberg Sitting on Three Points

From Subaru Press [ 10/05/2003 ].
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555 Subaru World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg put in a good performance at the wheel of his Subaru Impreza WRC2003, moving from eighth to sixth overall and into a provisional points winning position. His team-mate Tommi Mäkinen made up six places, and holds overnight thirteenth. The original schedule for Leg two was amended by rally organisers following a 1 hour 51 minute delay caused by spectator congestion in the morning. Leg two was shortened to prevent stages being run in the dark, while Leg three was increased to include two additional tests. Conditions remained dry and clear with light cloud overhead. Temperatures started at 8ºC, rising to 23ºC by mid-afternoon. Stages were largely dry and very dusty with numerous water splashes.

David Lapworth, 555 Subaru World Rally Team Principal: “Petter and Tommi have both done a good job today. It’s difficult when we’re playing a waiting game, rather than going for the win on the event as we had planned. But we’ve been able to try a few set up variations, which has given us some useful feedback ahead of Greece. It’s not over yet though – there’s a good chance of a few points in the bag for Petter, and still the chance of some drama up ahead.”

Petter Solberg: “Overall I’ve had a very, very good day. We made some adjustments and some improvements to the set up of the new dampers and we’ll continue to do this tomorrow. We’ve moved up to sixth place today which is encouraging, but realistically we have to wait for something to happen up ahead. I think the organisers made the right decision to move the stages to tomorrow morning and I’m looking forward to them.”

Tommi Mäkinen: “It’s been a difficult day. I tried to do my best, despite not being able to fight for the lead as I had hoped. But, on a positive note, I’ve managed to try a couple of things on the car ahead of Greece, which I hope will be a better event for me.”

Fiore Brivio, Pirelli Tyres Rally Manager: “Today, both Petter and Tommi continued to use the PZero KM narrow gravel tyre. Petter chose the softer KM6 for the first two groups of stages, changing to the harder KM4 for the last group. Tommi used the KM6 for first group and then the harder KM4 for the remaining two groups. Both drivers have been pleased with their Pirelli tyres.“