Rally Norway – Stobart preview
- 15th February 2007, 10:29am
The stage is set for the first ever Rally
Making the trip from
After being a candidate rally in 2006, stages have been brought down to lower altitudes in fear of extreme weather conditions that can hamper the region. However, the highest point of elevation in the rally is still more than double that of
The rally takes place close to the cities of Hamar and
with the rally and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its motoring federation, Norwegian postal authorities have released commemorative stamps featuring a portrait of Stobart VK M-Sport Ford’s very own Henning Solberg.
With five Norwegian Championships to his name and the winner of last years candidate rally, Solberg will be aiming for maximum points on home soil. The Norwegian is very excited about the rally and after a solid but sensible drive in
This will be the third snow rally for
The Finnish crew of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila have experience on snow and ice covered roads and will be searching for points on the last snow rally of the year. Latvala showed competitive pace in Sweden climbing as high as fifth proving he will not take a back seat in next week's Rally Norway.
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team Driver Matthew Wilson said:
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team Driver Jari-Matti Latvala said:
“I am feeling confident heading to
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team Driver Henning Solberg said:
“It’s my home rally and I’m really excited! I know there will be many spectators out to cheer me on, and it will help, but I also need to stay calm and focused. We went to
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team Principal Malcolm Wilson said:
“I think the team should go well here, Henning has obviously demonstrated he has the speed and ability, and he won this event last year; he’s aiming for a podium and I really don’t see any reason why he can’t achieve this. Jari-Matti also has a lot of experience on this surface and I think he will surprise a few people. It’s a new event for most people, and I think this will help Matthew. I expect him to go better than
Date: 15 – 18 February 2007.
Round: 3 of 16 World Rally Championship.
Surface: Snow and ice covered gravel.
Total distance: 1109.57km (competitive 355.99km, liaison753.58km).
Number of stages: 18.
Longest stage: 44.28km (stages 9, 18).
Highest elevation on stage: 750 meters (stages 11, 15).
Official start: Thursday 15 February, 20:00 at Stortorget,
Leg one: Friday 16 February. Cars starting stage 1, Løten 1 at 07:43 , tackling 142.1km.
Leg two: Saturday 17 February. Cars starting stage 9, Elverum 1, at 08:09 , tackling 115.79km.
Leg three: Sunday 18 February. Cars starting stage 15, Mountain 2 at 08:08 , tackling 97.1km.
Event Finish: Sunday 18 February, 15:00 at Stortorget,
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