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GP Week : Issue 26
... for the moment DESPITE Petter Solberg’s fourth place finish, it was hardly a sparkling performance from Subaru. Australian Chris Atkinson, so close to his homeland, was in good touch for much of the first day. He was comfortably faster than Solberg, but proved he was having to push way too hard to even maintain contact with the leaders when he rolled on SS4. It effectively ended his rally, although he did some running on Saturday and Sunday under SupeRally regs. “We were pushing pretty hard this morning, and maybe a little harder after the service, but it’s just disappointing that we weren’t able to get closer to the pace,”said Atkinson immediately after the crash. “We seem to be giving away a little more in the Subi’s Blues remain The Sweep’s Sta What is the road-sweeping debate costing Wo slow stuff than the fast, but then it’s all relative as there are fewer corners in the fast stuff. The grip was pretty tricky this morning, but much better on the second pass as road cleaning is a big factor. With some late retirements Solberg did nab fourth, but admitted it took until the final day for the car to feel even remotely comfortable. “What an incredible finish, the Whaanga stage was like a scrap yard,”he said. “Today the car felt the best it has this weekend, so we are definitely making steps in the right direction but it’s taking a little time. Of course, we are here for winning, so we have some more steps to take, but we have to lift our heads now and keep working so we can start to fight at the front.” Suz 40