Apalling luck for Petter

Apalling luck for PetterFrom Subaru Press [ 03/06/2006 ].
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Today’s second Leg of the Acropolis Rally of Greece started well for the Subaru World Rally Team. Petter Solberg set a string of top three times as he fought with Sebastien Loeb for second place, while Chris Atkinson was among the four fastest drivers on each of the morning’s stages. But both drivers hit trouble in the afternoon. Atkinson retired on the last stage after damaging a steering arm, while Solberg was forced into a rock wall as he avoided an oncoming car on the road section to the same stage. Both cars are expected to re-start for tomorrow’s final Leg.

SUBARU WORLD RALLY TEAM SPORTING DIRECTOR, LUIS MOYA: “To see our battle at the top of the leaderboard end in such a way is unbelievable. The work that all the team has put into the car, the tyres and the performance did not deserve to see Petter’s challenge end in such a freak way avoiding a road accident and hitting a rock face. Chris too put in a strong performance earlier today, however Greece is a very tough rally and he has found it unforgiving.”

PETTER SOLBERG: “It’s just incredible what happened. I came around a tight right hander and was forced to swerve to avoid an accident with a car coming the other way, hitting the rock face and breaking the steering arm. What with Sebastien’s problems it’s just so frustrating, but that is mine and Phil’s luck all year. We’ll have to see what happens from here as the plan is to get the car back and re-start tomorrow.”

CHRIS ATKINSON: “We had a good start to the morning and set some good stage times. Then this afternoon the steering arm was damaged in the long rough stage. But we lost time with that then made some repairs and hoped to get through to the end of the final stage. It later failed and unfortunately we dropped five minutes and are now entering super rally.”