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PWRC: Red Bull Rally Team right on target after Day 1 of the Cyprus Rally

PWRC: Red Bull Rally Team right on target after Day 1

Patrik Sandell in second position after six stages – and within striking distance to surprise leader Araujo!

Happy faces in the Red Bull Rally Team and around the Upper Austrian BRR crew of team boss Raimund Baumschlager after the opening day of the Cyprus Rally, the second round of the 2009 Production Car World Rally Championship:

Patrik Sandell/Emil Axelsson (SWE) – Skoda Fabia S2000 – have shown a very solid performance on the first six stages – with one fastest time and five second places – and are currently second in the PWRC classification after the first day – 33.2 seconds behind the surprise leader Armindo Araujo from Portugal!

Patrik Sandell: ‘The team, the car – everything’s perfect, except for myself. I had some problems to adust to the conditions early on. But then it worked out well as the day progressed. I began the second loop by setting the fastest time – then it started to rain, unfortunately. And from then on I pretty much kept on the side of safety. In all I’m rather satisfied and looking forward to tomorrow – when we will have gravel again, and I do much prefer that surface to tarmac.’

Team boss Raimund Baumschlager: ‘Patrik has done exactly what we expected from him today – he has created a good starting position for tomorrow. For me the fact that Araujo is the current leader comes as a big surprise. He has always been fast, but today he has showcased an incredible consistency as well.’ Starting at 8.43 a.m. local time, the rally will continue tomorrow with another six special stages – special stages that are very selective:

Raimund Baumschlager: ‘I’ve been driving these stages today. Very narrow and twisty, with lots of corners. Much will be down to the weather. If it were to rain the turbo cars of our competitors would definitely have an advantage. The greatest benefit would be traction build-up. If it’s raining it’s going to be slippery because even though the gravel isn’t as hard as in earlier years, it’s still very tough to drive on. It really comes down to staying on the road.’

PWRC standings, Cyprus, after six special stages:

P1 Araujo/Miguel (POR) Mitsubishi EVO IX 1:45:22.1 hrs
P2 Sandell/Axelsson (SWE) Skoda Fabia S2000 + 33.2 sec
P3 Campedelli/Fappani (ITA) Mitsubishi EVO IX + 1:01.7 min

Daily log of Sandell/Axelsson: PWRC/overall

SS 1: Panagia 1 / 30,33 km  – P 02/15 
SS 2: Mylikouri 1 / 07,37 km  – P 02/15 
SS 3: Gerakies 1 / 29,40 km  – P 02/13 
SS 4: Panagia 2 / 30,33 km  – P 01/13 
SS 5: Mylikouri 2 / 07,37 km  – P 02/13 
SS 6: Gerakies 2 / 29,40 km  – P 02/13


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