autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
WRC NEWS 

Solberg: I could have been faster

Petter SolbergCitroen privateer Petter Solberg says he could have gone even faster through the opening morning of the Acropolis Rally, despite taking almost a second per mile out of his nearest rival through the second stage.

Solberg's time on the 24-mile Elatia test stunned the rest of the field as he opened up a 20.3-second lead over Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala. The Norwegian said he had slowed after 10 miles when he thought he had a puncture.

"I hit something in the middle of the road," said the 2003 world champion. "I was sure it was going to be a puncture, but it was okay. The time wasn't bad, eh?"

Solberg admitted he was surprised he'd taken such a big gap.

"I wasn't pushing like mad," he said. "We were going hard, but the key here was in controlling the tyres. I was steady at the start of the stage, looking after the tyres. I got into a good rhythm in the stage, that was also really important. I'm pleased with that."

Running first on the road, Sebastien Loeb said he had expected to lose 20 seconds in the stage. Asked if he was impressed with Solberg, the Frenchman replied: "I thought this could happen. I am more surprised at the times from the other drivers, behind me - I thought they would be quicker."

Loeb's Citroen team completed a variety of checks on his DS3 WRC after an electrical scare at the end of Elatia, but could find nothing amiss with the number one car.

Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
  RELATED STORIES
Loeb frustrated by team's tactics
Ogier clinches Acropolis victory
Loeb and Ogier in ultra-tight battle
Ogier hands Acropolis lead to Loeb
Ogier takes Acropolis lead
Tanak: Crash ruined title hopes
Ogier eyes 20s lead by end of day
Oliveira endures 'hardest rally'
Solberg sees huge lead vanish
Q & A: Solberg's co-driver on Greece
Loeb reckons Solberg is uncatchable
Ford investigates transmission issue
Q & A: Latvala on day one problems
Solberg holds big lead after leg one
Solberg dominates early stages
Flying Wilson troubled by gear issue
Loeb targets points, not win in Greece
Haymarket