STOBART SHINE AS SOLBERG FIGHTS BACK
All three Stobart VK M-Sport Ford drivers have moved into points-scoring positions after an excellent performance on the opening stages of day two at Rally Poland. Henning Solberg put yesterdayís problems behind him as he achieved his first target for day two, overhauling his brother Petterís overnight lead. Team mate Krzysztof Holowczyc enjoyed an impressive morning, moving up from his overnight position of ninth, while Matthew Wilson remains in an excellent seventh place despite a tricky morning.

Solberg had struggled with the set-up of his car yesterday morning, but further changes made by the Stobart team paid off for the Norwegian. He lifted his game this morning, as he hunted down the Citroen Xsara of his brother, aiming to maintain familial advantage in the driversí championship. On the final stage of the morning, the 30.09km Wydminy, he was nine seconds faster than Petter moving him ahead in the siblingsí battle. But Solberg remains in fifth place overall after slipping behind the fast-charging Frenchman Sebastien Ogier on SS10.

Wilson, struggling with an uncomfortable back injury, could not match the pace of Ogier on the opening loop. But the Briton has continued to post consistent times and remains in a strong position as he aims to put the pressure back on the cars ahead of him this afternoon. Just behind Wilson in eighth place is local hero Holowczyc, who was spurred on by the vast home crowds on out the stages, as he moved into the points, outpacing Citroen Juniorís Conrad Rautenbach on the fast, sweeping roads of SS9 Gawliki.

The field will return to the same three-stage loop this afternoon. Times are again expected to be extremely fast with many drivers battling for position on the high-speed stages although the road surface is likely to be quite rutted, especially on SS11 Danowa.

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Matthew Wilson said:
ďWe didnít have a very good morning. The first stage was fine but after that we seemed to struggle a lot. The middle stage this morning was very tricky. Itís especially hard to judge the speed of the fast corners and thatís where we are losing out and Iím slowing down too much and losing time on the straight after the corner. My back is hurting a bit when I brake hard, but itís not too bad when Iím strapped in. We are going to have to work hard this afternoon.Ē

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Henning Solberg said:
ďI am very happy with the car and itís working very well today. Thereís still a long way to go, but we are going in the right direction. It was good to get ahead of Petter but now I have to get past Ogier. Iím driving fast but I still want to get fourth place so I need to go even harder. I drove better on the second pass yesterday so I have to do that again today.Ē

Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Krzysztof Holowczyc said:
ďThe car is perfect. I spoke to Malcolm Wilson last night and he advised me to be more precise and less aggressive and it is working very well today. I am really enjoying the fast stages, but I am a bit too slow in some of the technical parts. The atmosphere is amazing. When you see all of the people on the last five kilometres of the last stage it is unbelievable. I have never seen so many people before and I am really taking power from them. When you see that it makes you push harder.Ē

Leaderboard after SS10
1. M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen(FIN) Ford Focus RS +1h42m33.2s
2. J-M Latvala/M Anttila (FIN) Ford Focus RS +3.0s
3. D Sordo/M Marti (ESP) CitroŽn C4 +19.5s
4. S Ogier/J Ingrassia (FRA) CitroŽn C4 +1m21.6s
5. H Solberg/C Menkerud (NOR) Ford Focus RS +1m33.3s
6. P Solberg/P Mills (NOR) CitroŽn Xsara +1m40.0s
7. M Wilson/S Martin (GB) Ford Focus RS +2m43.5s
8. K Holowczyc/L Kurzeja (POL) Ford Focus RS +3m05.4s
9. C Rautenbach/D Barritt (ZIM) CitroŽn C4 +3m51.9s
10. M Ostberg/J Andersson (NOR) Subaru Impreza +5m29.1s

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