Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Solberg Leads WRC Into NZ


ALL EYES NOW ON PROPECIA RALLY NEW ZEALAND – SOLBERG LEADS WRC INTO NZ

With just over three weeks to go until the Ceremonial start on the Auckland waterfront, the World Rally Championship will now turn its collective attention to Propecia Rally New Zealand following the conclusion overnight of Corona Rally Mexico.

Petter Solberg completed an impressive debut for the 2005 Subaru Impreza in the WRC with a comfortable victory over the two Peugeot’s of Marcus Gronholm and Markko Martin. In the process Solberg took a narrow one point lead in the Drivers Championship over Martin with a further two points back to Ford driver Toni Gardemeister.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Subaru team however, with Australian Chris Atkinson retiring for a second time after rejoining the rally under the new regulations introduced this year. Atkinson lost oil pressure in his engine just 2km from the end of the final stage. Atkinson had earlier shown great form on day one before retiring with steering problems.

Marcus Grönholm (Peugeot) appeared content to settle for second with team-mate Markko Märtin equally comfortable in third. Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) was fastest on both stages to overcome his four-minute time loss during the opening leg and climb to fourth, overhauling both Harri Rovanperä (Mitsubishi) and Toni Gardemeister (Ford) on the final stage

The teams now prepare for the longest journey on the WRC calendar with their visit to New Zealand and Propecia Rally New Zealand from April 7 to 10.

Final positions

1. P Solberg/P Mills N Subaru Impreza 3hr 41min 06.2sec
2. M Grönholm/T Rautiainen FIN Peugeot 307 3hr 41min 40.7sec
3. M Märtin/M Park EE Peugeot 307 3hr 42min 44.5sec
4. S Loeb/D Elena F Citroen Xsara 3hr 44min 57.3sec
5. H Rovanperä/R Pietilainen FIN Mitsubishi Lancer 3hr 45min 04.3sec
6. T Gardemeister/J Honkanen FIN Ford Focus RS 3hr 45min 11.8sec
7. A Warmbold/M Orr D Ford Focus RS 3hr 47min 07.2sec
8. G Panizzi/H Panizzi F Mitsubishi Lancer 3hr 47min 07.9sec
9. A Schwarz/K Wicha D Skoda Fabia 3hr 49min 11.5sec
10 X Pons/O Julia E Peugeot 206 3hr 59min 55.2sec
FIA World Rally Championship (after round 3 of 16)
Drivers
1. P Solberg 20pts
2. M Märtin 19pts
3. T Gardemeister 17pts
4. S Loeb 15pts
5. M Grönholm 12pts
6. H Rovanperä 11pts
Manufacturers
1. Peugeot 31pts
2. Ford 23pts
3. Mitsubishi 23pts
4. Subaru 20pts
5. Citroen 16pts
6. Skoda 4pts
Propecia Rally NZ Hair Raising Statistic #5
Spectator numbers experiencing Propecia Rally NZ live across all venues will approach 200,000 – Come On Feel The Noise!

For further details visit www.rallynz.org.nz or contact:


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news