Petter clings on to slim hopes

Petter clings on to slim hopesFrom General Article [ 30/04/2006 ].
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Two Subarus that are still mechanically sound is perhaps the nest news to emerge after the second leg of the rally of Argentina. Petter Solberg again demonstrated the Impreza WRC2006’s competitive pace on gravel. The Norwegian set two fastest stage times to consolidate his second place overall. With 41km remaining on Sunday’s final day of competition, Petter is 43secs behind event leader Sébastien Loeb. Chris Atkinson drove consistently throughout the Leg and moved up one place to sixth overall. Atkinson later dropped back to seventh position when Stewards’ applied a one minute penalty for speeding in the service area.

SWRT sporting director, Luis Moya
Of course I’m a little disappointed because we came here for the victory and it now looks like that target will be difficult to achieve. But, on the other hand, we should be pleased with the performance of our cars today. Mechanically, both have been very reliable ever since we started the rally. Petter has set some very good times, as well as the stage wins on SS16 and SS17 and Chris has also
improved his pace.

Petter Solberg:
In fact it’s been quite a good day, even though it didn’t get off to a great start. First we made a bad tyre choice and that cost us a lot of time, and then I reckon we lost another six or seven seconds when the gear lever broke. But this afternoon was actually good and overall I’m pretty happy - we won two stages and our pace is better than the people behind. It was nice to share the stage win with Henning too - I don’t think two brothers have ever done that before - I heard my mother and father were very happy! Tomorrow the stages are difficult, I know there are lot of bad rocks and anything can happen. The rally isn’t over yet – we all have to do those stages first.

Chris Atkinson:
Driving 100km back to service on three tyres was quite a dramatic way to end the day, but on the whole it’s been okay. We ran at a consistent pace, moved up a place on the leader board and have done the best we can. I haven’t been able to get the car set up exactly as I’d have liked but I’ve adapted my driving to suit and hope to be able to get a points finish tomorrow - that’s the plan.