Within Top 10 â€“ Yes, We Can!
On last weekend the 48. DMV Rallye ThĂĽringen advanced to the Mecca of rally sport.Beside the run to the Deutsche Rallye Serie (DRS â€“ german rally series) the predicate of the Euro Rally Challenge (ERC) brought an international starter field with spectacular looking rallycars. In the middle of it Sandro Wallenwein in the LPG powered Subaru Impreza.
The beautiful city of PĂ¶Ăźneck was traditionally the centerpoint of this event. Within the heart of the Thuringian forest 9 fast special stages on asphalt stood on the programme. A spectacular circuit formed on Friday evening the prelude through the middle of the city centre. Before an overpowering scenery of several thousand spectators the pilots let the earth shake in their group-starts. Glowing brake-discs, long drifts, overtaking manoeuvres and a breathtaking sound kept the fans on the track till far after midnight.
After a short night at Saturday morning at 08.oo hrs was the start to further eight special stages in the closer area of PĂ¶Ăźneck. At half time Sandro Wallenwein with his hereditary austrian copilote Pauli Zeitlhofer lay in the LPG-Subaru Impreza on the eighth rank. Without slightest problems the successful duet unwound like a clockwork in the afternoon the final kilometres and finished the rally on rank 10 in the overall ranking.
â€śI am glad to finished this rally. Our result is much better than we expected. With 6 WRC, 4 Porsche and numerous strong group A and N cars this rally was taken first-class. Our car is this year on its fourth season and itâ€™s not on latest state of the art. Still we could keep up quite well. With a little slower special-stages and with some gravel parts on the stages I guess a better result might be possible. Concerning the cost for fuel we are absolutly in front.â€ť says the acting german vicemaster says with a smile. â€śIt would be desireable when alternative fuels get also permitted in the German Rally Championship (Deutsche Rallye Meisterschaft â€“ DRM). With a look on the dramatically sinking starter fields, a reduction of the fuel costs of more than 50 percent could contribute absolutly to a stimulation. We believe, in any case, firmly in it and will further speed up this projectâ€ť team boss Thomas Wallenwein looks into the future.
Already in just 2 weeks (26th/27th of June) the next DRS rally, AVD Rallye Baden-WĂĽrttemberg, stands on the programme. Also here Sandro Wallenwein will roll in the yellow Subaru to the start. â€śThe rally in the â€śLĂ¤ndleâ€ś is our home match, and there we want to deliver of course an especially good showâ€ś, his fight announcement is.
1.Wevers, Erik / van Weeren, Jalmar Ford Focus WRC 06 1:02:58,3
2.Hesse, Marcus / Kunze, Uwe Mitsubishi Lancer Evo + 3:16,6
3.StĂ¶lzel, Maik / Windisch, Thomas Porsche 911 GT 3 + 3:47,2
4. Turmbull, David / Grooten, Geert Subaru WRC S11 + 4:08,8
5. Kuipers, Dennis / Hagman, Kees Subaru Impreza WRC + 4:11,0
6. Moufang, Norbert / Rezac, Anke Opel Kadett C Coupe + 4:19,5
7. Pedersen, Michael / Petersen, Mie Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 + 4:46,4
8. Knudsen, Martin / Kjaer, Soren Honda Civic R3 + 4:55,8
9. Michel, Bernd / Hartbauer, Bernd Opel Astra + 5:07,0
10. Wallenwein, Sandro / Zeitlhofer, Pauli Subaru Impreza Autogas + 5:08,2
11. Pritzl, Robert / Kohl, Christina Subaru Impreza WRX + 5:22,2
12. Depping, Janina / Beier, Sabrina Mitsubishi Lancer Evo + 5:22,6
13. Karlsson, Eric / Schmidt, Ekkehard Audi TT + 6:16,4
14. Schewe, Heinz-Walter / Blondeel, Frank Porsche 911 GT 3 + 6:21,4
15.Schilt, Edwin / Verschuur, Pieter Subaru Impreza N 14 + 6:28,0
For informations about the Tyczka Totalgaz Rallye Team please click on: www.lpg-rallye-team.d
Informations about the 48. DMV ThĂĽringen Rallye you can find under: www.thueringen-rallye.com
More informations about the AVD Rallye Baden-WĂĽrttemberg: www.rallye-baden-wuerttemberg.de