Duval takes 4 points for 5th

Duval takes 4 points for 5thFrom Citroen Press [ 07/10/2007 ].
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The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team has finished the “Movistar RallyRACC” at the Costa Daurada with a feeling of success. The Belgian-French duo Francois Duval and Patrick Pivato secured a very good fifth overall place. This means four points both in the FIA World Rally Championsghip for drivers as well as in the manufacture ranking. OMV driver Manfred Stohl, on the other hand, is left with the hope for a good result in Corsica next week.

Reaching the maximum
Fifth place means that Francois Duval has reached the best possible result. Reason enough for the Belgian OMV driver to be very satisfied with the achievement. Duval: “The four works drivers ahead of me gave a nearly faultless performance. Therefore they were simply out of reach for us. We knew that Spain would be an extremely tough rally and that a place on the podium would only be possible if Citroen or Ford got into trouble. But I believe that our chances will be better in Corsica where we will be able to compete for a top-3-place once again.”

Thanks to the commitment by Kronos-Racing Manfred Stohl will be able to compete there as well. At the last minute the car which had been prepared for Japan was unpacked again and transported to Corsica on Sunday already. Now the mechanics are given two days time to reconvert the chassis frame for tarmac. “That is really a great accomplishment by the team – and I want to thank them by reaching a good result in Corsica”, explains the Austrian OMV driver.

Unchallenged double win
The Rally of Spain was a clean sweep for Citroen. After Marcus Grönholm (Fin/Ford) had already chosen the wrong tyres on Friday and lost a lot of time Sebastien Loeb (Fra/Citroen) controlled the field and celebrated his 34th victory in the FIA World Rally Championship. Additionally, he was safeguarded by local hero Daniel Sordo. Loeb’s teammate snatched further two WRC-points away from Grönholm. Thus the Finn now lies only six points ahead of Loeb.