Petter crosses finish ramp in 3rd place

Petter crosses finish ramp in 3rd place From Subaru Press [ 17/07/2005 ].
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Petter Solberg achieved a podium result on today's final Leg of Rally Argentina. The Norwegian was fastest on two of the day's five stages, and brought his Subaru Impreza WRC2005 over the finish ramp in third place to collect six Championship points and maintain his second place in the 2005 WRC series. On his Rally Argentina debut, Chris Atkinson enjoyed another trouble-free run in his Impreza and finished ninth overall, to earn a Championship point in the Manufacturers' contest.

Subaru World Rally Team Principal, David Lapworth: Petter finished the event with a bit of a flourish giving us some encouragement for the next couple of gravel events. For Petter it has been a tough event of ups and downs. He set some impressive times, but unfortunately when the battle is so close, the couple of incidents that cost him time were decisive. Chris has put in a really good and solid performance. He's driven exceptionally well on were some of the trickiest conditions of the season and regularly traded times with the established stars. He's made good progress and should be looking forward to pushing them even harder in Finland.

Petter Solberg: Today we made a couple of changes and they seemed to work well. While it's a good result, it was the couple of problems we had that made the difference. Overall I'm happy, it's been a hard weekend and the team did a very good job. I'll be fighting for the win in Finland and, as since it is so close to Norway, a lot of fans will be watching. It will be a tough fight, but I'm looking forward to it and I've every confidence that we'll come back again - no problem!

Chris Atkinson: The pace all weekend has been good and I'm pleased that, since there have been so few retirements, I can set good times against the top guys while still driving comfortably. You need experience in Argentina to go fast, so the weekend has been all about getting confidence. I've had no problems with the car all weekend and the tyre choices have been pretty good. I'm now going to Finland understanding the car a lot more and, since I've done that event before, I'm hopeful of building upon what we learnt here.

Fiore Brivio, Pirelli Tyres Rally Manager: "Today Petter made good use of the rubber available to him, which resulted in a fastest stage time on one of the most demanding stages of the entire rally. Throughout the event we are happy that our tyres were competitive and that we were able to give all our drivers the best possible opportunity to push to the limit."

It's back to Europe for round ten of the 2005 World Rally Championship as teams prepare for the specialist challenge of Rally Finland, which starts on Thursday 4 August. Known to many as the 1000 lakes rally, the event is one of the classics of the WRC season, and is based on the smooth, flowing gravel roads around the host town of Jyvaskyla. Like Argentina, the event is a favourite for drivers and features some of the highest speeds and biggest jumps of the year.