Czech Roman Kresta recorded some respectable stage times during leg two of Rallye Catalunya today [Saturday], the penultimate round of the 2003 FIA World Rally Championship.

Having found a rhythm Kresta continued to up his pace on all of today's eight timed tests closing the gap between himself and Toni Gardemeister in the new factory Skoda Fabia WRC.

The double-Czech champion finished the day in 14th place overall in his Bozian-tuned Peugeot 206 WRC and hopes to get closer to the top ten during tomorrow's six speed tests.

"I certainly feel much better than yesterday," said Kresta, "I have found a good set-up; my tyre choice has been good throughout the day, so there is not much I can complain about. Of course I wish my stage times appeared higher in the leaderboard, but the works drivers and their cars push really hard leaving virtually no realistic opportunity to squeeze among them.

"Some of the bends and corners are still fairly dirty and sandy, which makes it very hard to estimate the ultimate breaking point before each bend, especially when this is my very first time on this event. All in all, I wish to continue to improve and perhaps leave the event with some top ten stage times by the end of leg three."

Bozian Racing's team owner, Jacky Bozian added: "Roman has been doing well in Spain, considering the fact that this is his first time on this event. I can see that he is not completely satisfied with his results and I feel disappointed for him.

"People who watch him on stages suggest he is very fast and impressive and knowing his potential, I am surprised stage times he clocks do not reflect that more visibly. The rally is not over; I believe there will be opportunities for Roman to make some additional progress on Sunday."



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