Solberg and Ogier promise hard fight
|By David Evans||Sunday, March 7th 2010, 07:30 GMT|
Petter Solberg and Sebastien Ogier are both confident of collecting second place on today's final day of Rally Mexico - in what promises to be a fascinating, down-to-the wire scrap.
Solberg will start second on the road, with his fellow Citroen C4 WRC driver Ogier directly behind him. The pair are separated by just 2.7 seconds with 36 miles and four stages remaining in the Leon-based event.
Ogier, who took 10.6s out of Solberg yesterday, was talking up his chances of equalling his best ever result of second place in Mexico today.
"I won't take the risk, because I have the order from the team, I have to be at the finish and that's very important for the future," he said. "But, if we can keep the rhythm then I can catch Petter.
"I had some small problems yesterday, I had one spin and then I stalled the engine as well, this cost me some time, but I was still faster than Petter. It is my target to catch Petter."
Ogier has fond memories of Rally Mexico, where he won J-WRC and finished eighth overall on his debut in the World Rally Championship in 2008.
Solberg conceded that his rival had the advantage on the road, running behind him, but the man who won this event in 2005 is also in a determined mood.
"He will be in a slightly better position on the road than me tomorrow, but I think it should be possible for me to beat him," said Solberg. "I could never say that I am confident about that, but when we had some clean conditions on the last [gravel] stage today, I was faster than him. I'm definitely up for the fight."