Strong finish for Petter

Strong finish for PetterFrom Subaru Press [ 19/08/2007 ].
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Petter Solberg finished sixth on Rally Germany today, claiming three points in the FIA championship for drivers and four in the manufacturers’ contest. After a difficult start to the rally, Solberg ended the event in excellent form, and traded times with the quickest drivers on the day’s five stages. Chris Atkinson and Xevi Pons got off to great starts today, but later retired from the event; Pons with a broken engine, Atkinson with accident damage. Under Superally regulations, however, Atkinson was still classified in 15th place and collected one more manufacturers’ point for Subaru.

Petter Solberg: "I had a lot of fun today. The job that the guys did in service today. I mean, 11 minutes, gearbox and clutch; try to beat that! It’s incredible. I just want to say thank you to all the team, it was just brilliant. We have seen that Chris has done really good stage times this weekend. Today we had a lot of good stage times, the car is working very well and it is very encouraging for the rest of the year.”

Chris Atkinson: "Yesterday was a great day and it meant a lot to me and the team to win those stages, so we went out today looking for more wins. The team are working so hard, so it is great to be able to deliver this performance, but unfortunately today I just pushed a little too hard. When you’re in ninth place as we were, it’s maybe better to take these risks and show what Subaru can do rather than settle into a steady pace. Overall we have shown the car to be quick on asphalt this weekend, so it is very encouraging for the remaining sealed surface events this year.”

Xevi Pons: "I’m sorry we weren’t able to complete the stages today because we had a good feeling in the car up to that point. Overall I think it’s been a positive weekend for us. We have improved steadily every day, and the speed is good – especially as this is our first asphalt rally with Subaru. I like the car a lot, and I’m certainly looking forward to the other asphalt rallies this year.”