AIGNER - WICHA : A huge tactical progress!

AIGNER - WICHA : A huge tactical progress!

18.02.2007: AIGNER - WICHA : A huge tactical progress!

Rally Norway 2007, February 16th – 18th 2007, final leg

Aigner (AUT)/Wicha (GER) – Mitsubishi EVO IX – make it onto the Group N podium in Norway in third place, finishing P19 overall

The first top result of the season for Andreas Aigner! With his co-driver Klaus Wicha and the Mitsubishi EVO IX, the Austrian again stayed almost error-free on today’s final leg of the WRC event in Norway, securing P3 in Group N – and at the same time P19 in the overall classification!

Aigner completed today’s final four stages very professionally without taking too many risks, bringing home the Group N podium finish he had striven for.

Andreas Aigner: "I feel totally relieved now to have finally seen the chequered flag again. And obviously I’m even happier because it turned out to be a podium finish. This was the best result that I could possibly achieve here. I’m sure that we’ll be able to build upon this result – in any case I’ve regained my self-confidence!"

Sweden’s Patrik Flodin (Subaru) was the winner of the production class, followed by Norway’s Eyvind Brynildsen (Mitsubishi); both men were out of reach for Aigner.

Team boss Raimund Baumschlager: "Andi has been performing very consistently for three days, he consolidated his third place in today’s final leg without unnecessary risk and completed his task optimally. In addition he surely was one of the few drivers without any off-road excursions. A clear indication that he has progressed enormously with regard to tactics."

The next assignment for the Red Bull Rallye Team will be the Rally Mexico on the second weekend in March, when once again points in the PWRC will be fought for.

Daily log for Aigner/Wicha: Group N/overall

SS 15: Mountain 2 24.36 km P05/28
SS 16: Ringsaker 2 27.31 km P04/26
SS 17: Hamar 2 01.15 km P03/19
SS 18: Elverum 2 44.28 km P04/26

 

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