OMV Kronos Citroen WRT plans to surprise

OMV Kronos Citroen WRT plans to surpriseFrom Citroen Press [ 16/08/2007 ].
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The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has an extremely competitive team for the “ADAC Rallye Germany”, the tenth run to the FIA World Rally Championship. Besides Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor the Belgian pair Francois Duval and Patrick Pivato is eager for their first assignment with the Citroen Xsara WRC for over one and a half years. The OMV drivers already showed a lot of confidence during the testing on Monday.The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has an extremely competitive team for the “ADAC Rallye Germany”, the tenth run to the FIA World Rally Championship. Besides Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor the Belgian pair Francois Duval and Patrick Pivato is eager for their first assignment with the Citroen Xsara WRC for over one and a half years. The OMV drivers already showed a lot of confidence during the testing on Monday.

 

 

 

Manfred Stohl needed several turns on the 3,5 kilometres long testing course about 50 kilometres from Trier in order to get used to tarmac again. It was the first time in eight months for the 35-year-old OMV driver on this surface. But he didn’t take long to get accustomed once more. Stohl: “The car performs smoothly and I’m really impressed by how fast you can steer it on tarmac. Currently Francois ist still a bit faster but he is surely one of the fastest men on this surface in general. I’m convinced that we will improve by far and be able to erase the small insecurities caused by the long break.”

The OMV duo has fond memories of last year’s Rally Germany. Back then they finished in fifth place. Stohl: “That was when we proved for the first time that we are not only fast on gravel. And the Citroen Xsara WRC definitely has the potential to cause some surprise.” During the testing Manfred Stohl already steered the Xsara WRC that had been designed by children.

The Germany Rally ist the ideal spot for a comeback of Francois Duval. In 2004 and 2005 he respectively finished second at this WRC-run, thereby putting a lot of pressure on serial-winner Sebastien Loeb (Fra). The Belgian neo-OMV driver already showed what can be expected of him when he went full speed right from the beginning of the testing on Monday. Duval: “The car is fantastic. Probably even better than the Xsara of 2005. We feel great and are mainly working on the choice of tyres. We didn’t have to change the basic set-up at all. I am very happy to have gotten the chance to drive such a car once again.”