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Old 02-10-2001, 02:02 PM   #1
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Quote: Quotes: Petter Solberg said: "The time in SS9 was maybe a bit too
good and I'm determined to finish the event, so I just told myself to ease off a bit and not take so many risks. There's not a scratch
on the car, though, which is a positive sign!"


Very impressive for a 26 year old guy racing at the highest level of rally in the world. Good stuff Rallykid.


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Old 02-11-2001, 01:28 AM   #2
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Post [b]The International Swedish Rally(End of leg 2)-LONG![/b]

Saturday 10th February

Four drivers have fought for the lead during the today's second leg
of the International Swedish Rally, second round of the FIA World
Rally Championship. Carlos Sainz, Harri Rovanperä, Thomas Rådström
and Tommi Mäkinen have rarely been separated by more than 30 seconds,
but Rovanperä fought through during the early afternoon to grab a
small advantage at the top of the timesheets. Conditions were
virtually perfect for the drivers, thanks to clear blue skies and
high snow banks.


PEUGEOT
Technical: The remaining two factory 206 WRCs, driven by Harri
Rovanperä and Didier Auriol, have performed without serious problem
today. Auriol's only concern was a puncture in SS11, but Michelin's
ATS mousse system was enough to prevent serious time loss for the
1994 World champion.

Sporting: Rovanperä started the day in second overall and during
the opening two stages, he clawed back enough time from leader Carlos
Sainz to move to within three tenths of a second of the top position.
He claimed it for himself in SS9 and increased his lead further in
SS10. Auriol, meanwhile, has continued to struggle with bronchitis
and he wasn't able to maintain his overnight fourth position during
the morning. He recovered well during the afternoon, though, to
move back into a point-scoring place.

Quotes: Harri Rovanperä said: "Everything's gone really well today.
I'm still learning more about this car on every stage, although I'm
getting closer to my limits with it. But sometimes, I arrive at
corners and realise I could have braked 10 metres later. It will
still be a close fight tomorrow, because Carlos and Thomas (Rådström)
aren't going to give up and Tommi (Mäkinen) is coming up quickly."


MITSUBISHI
Technical: Tommi Mäkinen, Thomas Rådström and Freddy Loix have
reported no glitches with their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions today.
Loix in particular has been happier with his car after softening
the suspension.

Sporting: Tommi Mäkinen has been one of today's main chargers,
taking advantage of running further down the starting order to
overhaul Didier Auriol on today's first stage, and Thomas Rådström
and Carlos Sainz on the third. Rådström started the day in third
overall and he has found conditions more difficult than yesterday,
but the Swede still managed to pass Sainz and move into third,
then inch back ahead of his four-times champion team-mate in SS10.
Loix continues to run outside the top ten, accruing more mileage
on the testing Swedish roads.

Quotes: Tommi Makinen said: "It's been going well today, but the
last long stage was run earlier in the day so it wasn't possible
to make up so much time. The road is higher in the middle than its
outside edges, and when the snow has been ploughed it's left a
little loose snow at either side. Running fifth on the road means
that it gets swept clear before I get there. It makes a difference,
especially on acceleration."

Thomas Radstrom said: "We had one big moment in today's first stage,
when the car slid very sideways and went along a snow bank for 100
metres. I lost confidence a bit after that. I'm still pushing but
I don't know how much more I can do."


FORD
Technical: The three works Focus RS WRC01s of Carlos Sainz, Colin
McRae and François Delecour have experienced no major technical
problems today. Sainz's example proved reluctant to restart after he
stalled at a hairpin in SS9, while Delecour suspected that his
differential set-up wasn't perfect for the wider stretch of road near
the end of SS10.

Sporting: Carlos Sainz has suffered the same fate that befell Tommi
Mäkinen yesterday - running first on the road has forced the
Spaniard to sweep clear a layer of fine snow for his rivals. Accordingly,
the double world champion lost time for much of the day and dropped
to fourth by lunchtime service as a result. François Delecour has
been embroiled in a scrap with Didier Auriol for fifth place - and
the title of top Frenchman. Colin McRae, meanwhile, might not have
a chance of scoring a drivers' point after his accident yesterday,
but the Scot was fastest on the first four stages today as he took
full advantage of a lack of pressure and cleaner roads.

Quotes: Carlos Sainz said: "I can't do anything. I'm trying my best,
but I'm cleaning the road. If you look at Tommi's times yesterday
he had the same problem. All I can do is keep pushing, right to the
end, and hope that's enough to move me back."

Colin McRae said: "The fast times haven't surprised me so much, because
the roads are definitely sweeping clean. We'll keep pushing to the
end anyway."


SUBARU
Technical: The Subaru Impreza 44Ss of Richard Burns, Markko Martin
and Petter Solberg have performed reliably today, with none of the
drivers reporting any major problems. Martin found his suspension
too soft for a series of jumps near the end of the day's first stage,
though, and had to back off after he clouted the car's sump guard
in a heavy landing.

Sporting: Petter Solberg has concentrated on building up further
experience and mileage, even slowing himself down after he went
'too quickly' in SS9. The young Norwegian continues to hold a top
ten position. Markko Martin has enjoyed gaining experience after
suffering frustration in his first two outings for Subaru. Richard
Burns started the day with no chance of even a point, but the Briton
has experimented with both tyre choice and differential settings,
as well as gaining experience of some new stages.

Quotes: Petter Solberg said: "The time in SS9 was maybe a bit too
good and I'm determined to finish the event, so I just told myself
to ease off a bit and not take so many risks. There's not a scratch
on the car, though, which is a positive sign!"

Markko Martin said: "I'm driving at normal speed, just having a
look at the stages. The conditions have been nice, it's been great
fun. Perhaps we'll push harder tomorrow."


HYUNDAI
Technical: Alister McRae's Accent WRC was forced onto the retirements
list when its engine lapsed onto three cylinders and then expired on
the day's opening stage. But Kenneth Eriksson's example stayed
troublefree until the day's last proper stage, when it lost three gears.

Sporting: Eriksson has pushed his Accent to the limit as he can no
longer rely on a lower position in the running order, and the swept
clean roads that go with it. He clouted a snow bank in SS7, bending
navigator Staffan Parmander's door, but he still held sixth until
gearbox problems intervened in SS11.

Quotes: Alister McRae said: "The car went onto three cylinders, then
two and a half, and the oil temperature went up to a seriously high
level. It's bitterly disappointing because I was really encouraged
by our speed yesterday."

Kenneth Eriksson said: "I'm taking risks to stay in touch but it's
not been easy today. The gearbox problem was really hard luck,
because I think we could have taken some points."


SKODA
Technical: Bruno Thiry became the sole remaining Octavia WRC driver
when Armin Schwarz slid off in SS8, but the Belgian became concerned
by rising temperatures and dropping power outputs on the car's engine
during SS9 and SS10. He's also experimented with differential
settings, although he has struggled to find a compromise setting
between fast and twisty stages.

Sporting: Armin Schwarz's Swedish Rally ended 9km into SS8, when
the German slid into a snow bank which subsequently gave way and
dragged his Octavia into a ditch. He and Manfred Hiemer couldn't
find enough spectators to help them back onto the road, and they
retired on the spot. Bruno Thiry continues to hold a position just
outside the top ten, although he has been put under increasing
pressure by Colin McRae.

Quotes: Armin Schwarz said: "We decided to push hard, but lost out.
We broke a wheel on a rock as we slid into the ditch but if we'd got
back onto the road, I think we could have continued. It's disappointing."


OTHER TEAMS
Toni Gardemeister is the top privateer in eight, after his Grifone
team managed to cure a mysterious engine problem this morning. He's
comfortably clear of Daniel Carlsson's Corolla, although the young
Swede still holds a top ten placing on only his second outing in a
World Rally Car. In the FIA Teams Cup section, Pasi Hagstrom continues
to occupy the leading position in his Toyota Corolla. European
champion Henrik Lundgaard is becoming much happier with ice driving
on his first winter rally.

Stig-Olov Walfridsson continues to lead the Group N category for
more standard cars, and his task was made much easier when main rival
Kenneth Backlund slid off for more than a minute earlier this morning.


TYRE FACTS
Michelin's teams all opted for the French firm's GE asymmetric tyre,
designed to cope with thick ice, while Pirelli's teams used the J
asymmetric tyre for ice and gravel. Colin McRae, however, switched to
the Pirelli's W tyre (slightly more open pattern) for the last two
stages, in the belief that more gravel would start to poke through
the snow and ice.

__________________________________________________ ________________

END OF LEG 2 RESULTS

OUTRIGHT

1 Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC 2:33:09.9
2 Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2:33:17.2
3 Radstrom Mitsubishi Carisma GT 2:33:22.3
4 Sainz Ford Focus RS WRC 2:33:38.4
5 Delecour Ford Focus RS WRC 2:34:31.9
6 Auriol Peugeot 206 WRC 2:34:38.5
7 Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC 2:34:44.0
8 Gardemeister Peugeot 206 WRC 2:35:10.6
9 Carlsson Toyota Corolla WRC 2:36:06.4
10 Eriksson Hyundai Accent WRC 2:36:24.1


GROUP N

1 Walfridsson Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2:41:32.7
After SS11
2 Backlund Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2:40:53.0
3 Palmqvist Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2:43:49.6


TEAMS CUP
After SS11
1 Lungaard Toyota Corolla WRC 2:39:25.8
2 Al-Wahaibi Subaru Impreza WRC 2:42:07.6
3 Blomqvist Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2:43:55.4

__________________________________________________ ________________


LEADING RETIREMENTS

SS8 Schwarz, Skoda Octavia WRC Off Road
SS7 A.McRae, Hyundai Accent WRC Engine

SS6 Laukkanen, Toyota Corolla WRC Off Road
SS5 H.Solberg, Toyota Corolla WRC Off Road
SS3 Gronholm, Peugeot 206 WRC Cyclinder Head failure

__________________________________________________ ________________


STAGE WINNERS

SS7 - McRae, SS8 - McRae, SS9 - McRae, SS10 - McRae,
SS11 - Makinen, SS12 - Rovanpera

__________________________________________________ ________________

STAGE TIMES

SS 12: Lugnet 2,00km
1st Car: 17.10

Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Time

1 Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC 2:00.0
2 Eriksson Hyundai Accent WRC 2:00,6
3 Sainz Ford Focus RS WRC 2:00,8
4 Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2:01.5
5 Auriol Peugeot 206 WRC 2:01.9
5 Gardemeister Peugeot 206 WRC 2:01.9

__________________________________________________ ________________

SS 11: Nyhammar 2 27,79km
1st Car: 15.40

Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Time

1 Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 14:50,2
2 Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC 14:54,6
3 Radstrom Mitsubishi Carisma GT 14:56,5
4 Burns Subaru Impreza WRC 14:57,4
5 Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC 14:59,3

__________________________________________________ ________________

SS 10: Silkesberg 15,33km
1st Car: 14.11

Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Time

1 McRae Ford Focus RS WRC 7:52,6
2 Burns Subaru Impreza WRC 7:55,1
3 Radstrom Mitsubishi Carisma GT 7:58,8
4 Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC 7:59,3
5 Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8:01,4

__________________________________________________ ________________

SS 9: Fredriksberg 34,53km
1st Car: 13.20

Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Time

1 McRae Ford Focus RS WRC 19:21.7
2 Burns Subaru Impreza WRC 19:34,6
3 Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 19:35,4
4 Radstrom Mitsubishi Carisma GT 19:37,5
5 Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC 19:39,4

__________________________________________________ ________________

SS 8: Nyhammar 1 27,79km
1st Car: 10.39

Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Time

1 McRae Ford Focus RS WRC 14:43,4
2 Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 14:43,7
3 Burns Subaru Impreza WRC 14:44,7
4 Radstrom Mitsubishi Carisma GT 14:49,3
5 Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC 14:49,6

__________________________________________________ ________________

SS 7: Kullen 26,61km
1st Car: 09.58

Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Time

1 McRae Ford Focus RS WRC 14:08,9
2 Burns Subaru Impreza WRC 14:16,2
3 Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 14:20,7
4 Sainz Ford Focus RS WRC 14:23,5
5 Delecour Ford Focus RS WRC 14:25,0

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