Gronholm Rules Out Win

Marcus Gronholm has ruled out victory for his Peugeot team in the Rally Japan after minor mechanical gremlins left him more than 30 seconds off leader Petter Solberg at the end of leg two

Gronholm Rules Out Win

The Finn had closed to within 20 seconds of the lead Subaru at the halfway point on the second day, but issues with his differential hampered his chances of further closing that gap in the afternoon when Solberg switched to a softer tyre compound.

And with Solberg enjoying a comfortable 32.3 seconds lead heading into Sunday's final leg, Gronholm has admitted that only a bizarre set of circumstance will allow him to take the win.

"This afternoon was quite tricky for us," said Gronholm. "For the last three stages we had a problem with the differential, which meant that the handling of the car was quite difficult.

"Then on the road section towards the super special we heard a noise from the gearbox, which worried me. Luckily we were able to make it to the end with no problems but it has not been easy.

"Tomorrow I do not think we have a chance to catch Petter under normal circumstances so we just have to do our best and get to the finish, which has been our aim throughout the rally."

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