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Petter Solberg: Aava could grab fifth from me now.

Subaru's Petter Solberg has conceded that he could struggle to hold off Urmo Aava and hang onto fifth spot on the final day of the Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada.

Petter began the second leg with a comfortable 13.7 second cushion over Aava's privately entered C4 WRC car and the gap stayed around the ten-second mark until the very final stage, the repeat pass through the 17.12 kilometre La Llena.

Made more loose and slippery after the first pass, Solberg struggled with reduced grip, which allowed his rival to close to a mere 1.4seconds to set up a battle that will rage to the finish tomorrow.

"We have been making some changes to the car today so sometimes it has been better and sometimes not so good," Petter noted. "There was so much gravel in the last stage. We lost all our time after this, and now Aava is close. It'll be hard to keep him behind us tomorrow.

"The team will look at the car tonight and then we'll see what we're able to do tomorrow."

Chris Atkinson meanwhile finished the day in seventh in the other works SWRT Impreza WRC2008 nominated to score manufacturers' points, having overhauled Jari-Matti Latvala in the opening test, SS7.

Like Petter though he struggled somewhat in SS12 and that allowed Jari to cut the gap from 6.8 seconds to 3.4 seconds heading into service E at PortAventura, the last halt of the day.

"We were pushing hard all day and moved up a place this morning on the 38km stage which was good," he added. "On the final stage of the morning we lost some time though, and on the second pass at the end of the day we had less grip towards the finish and lost a lot of time with oversteer."


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The Stig - Unregistered

October 05, 2008 8:12 AM

I have no idea why Brice Tirabassi wasted his money on leasing a new subaru for Rally Catalunya and next weekends Tour de Corse. Mads Ostberg has also leased a new Subaru WRC car for next year, they would be better putting their money into leasing a Ford or Citroen. The display the Subaru team are putting on at present is embarrassing, they are even getting beaten my privateer teams. Subaru in Japan give 60 million pounds a year to Prodrive to run their rally programme, some how I think the Japanese are getting sick of forking over all that money for nothing in return. So the Japanese have two options, terminate the deal with Prodrive or cease competing in the WRC

GoFstr - Unregistered

October 05, 2008 5:29 AM

Congrats Subaru, this is truly pathetic, I hope Aava does get past. Subaru needs to do what Mitsubishi did and quit. At least Mitsubishi realised they were "crap" and quit, Subaru obviously doesn''t realise they''re "crap", so FYI Subaru you''ve CRAP.



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