Atkinson learns the ropes in Cyprus

Atkinson learns the ropes in CyprusFrom Subaru Press [ 14/05/2005 ].
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After re-starting this morning, Chris Atkinson moved seven places up the leaderboard to end the day in 13th position overall.

Setting a string of top-ten times aboard his Subaru Impreza WRC2005, the WRC newcomer experimented with his car's set-up and fulfilled his objective of gaining experience of both his car and the specialist event. Concern about the condition of his Subaru's engine meant that Petter Solberg did not restart the Leg.

Chris Atkinson

"We've seen some pretty rough conditions out there again today, especially on the second pass through the stages, but we've managed to keep out of trouble and have had a productive day. I'm in the fortunate position of being able to experiment with different driving styles and car settings to get the best performance in these conditions. I'm looking forward to doing more of the same on tomorrow's final."

David Lapworth, Team Principal

"Chris has had a good day. Despite running near the head of the field, in the worst of the road conditions, he's put in some excellent times and I'm sure he's learned a lot today."

The third and final Leg of the 2005 Cyprus Rally will start at 0600hrs when the first car will leave Limassol parc ferme. Crews face a final 95.34 competitive kilometres over two loops of three stages separated by a 30-minute service back in Limassol.

The stages will be located to the north east of Limassol and the event will conclude when the winning car crosses the finish ramp back in the host town at 1515hrs.