After the second day of the Acropolis Rally Å koda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Armin Schwarz remains one place outside the manufacturers points positions. Armin climbed 24 places today and was among the top eight times on SS14 but is ...
After the second day of the Acropolis Rally Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Armin Schwarz remains one place outside the manufacturers points positions.
Armin climbed 24 places today and was among the top eight times on SS14 but is carrying a 25 minute penalty for the sections he missed during the opening day. Without that he would be lying eighth overall this evening.
Jani Paasonens hopes of improving on his overnight 12th place were dashed on this mornings second stage when he slid wide and rolled 20 metres over a sheer drop. Both Jani and co-driver Jani Vainikka were unhurt but there was damage to the roll cage of the Fabia WRC 05 and that means it will not be possible for him to continue in the rally tomorrow.
Tomorrows final leg features four stages (98.79kms) with the third, Pyrgos, being the longest of the event at 34.80kms. The event finishes in Lamia at 1425 (1325 CET).
Jani Paasonen: "I was trying so hard not to make a mistake and so this was really bad luck. It was about 12kms into the stage on a fast left into a tightening right. The car slid a little bit wide and the left wheels went over the edge of the road. Normally there is something extra there but this time there was just nothing. The car rolled about three times and it was so slow that I had a lot of time to think about what was happening. It stopped about 20 metres down with no chance to get back."
Armin Schwarz: "With the SupeRally penalty the only thing today was to drive for the finish and to try some new things on the car. We can still get into the points if we are lucky so we have to keep going."