Solid second for Petter

Solid second for PetterFrom Subaru Press [ 01/05/2006 ].
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Petter Solberg finished Rally Argentina in second place. Solberg set the fastest time through one of the toughest tests in the WRC, the classic El Condor pass, to secure his second podium of the season. The Subaru World Rally Team concluded a successful Rally Argentina with a double-points finish as Chris Atkinson recorded two top five times to finish sixth.

SWRT SPORTING DIRECTOR, LUIS MOYA: I think it’s been a good weekend. We got two cars to the end and some good points for Petter in the Drivers’ Championship. One of the most important things for me was the reliability of the cars. You know, we had no major problems whatsoever in the whole event and that’s what we’re looking for. We’re going to two very tough rallies now in Italy and Greece, they’re going to be very hard and this result encourages the team a lot. I’m also pleased with the work that Pirelli has done, the tyres have been working very well in tricky conditions – particularly on the second day. We’ve proved now that we have the speed on this surface and I see no reason why we can’t win the next two events – that’s our goal. 

PETTER SOLBERG: I wanted to win here but I think to finish second is still very good, we can’t complain because things went almost according to the plan. I tried everything and we would have had a very good chance of winning this rally if it wasn’t for the problems we had, but underneath it all I’m feeling much more positive. The car is getting there now, we’re back fighting for the lead and I can go for an attack - it’s been a long time since I felt like this. I’m looking forward to the next rally!

CHRIS ATKINSON: It’s been a difficult rally for us, it started out quite well, we were running in a high position early on, but then some problems with the car and a mistake from me cost us a lot of time. We struggled back up the order and then got a minute penalty – if it wasn’t for that, I think we could have been fighting for a much better result. But that’s life, we learned a lot here and we’ll see what we can do in Sardinia.