17 May 08
This weekend Petter Solberg’s co-driver Phil Mills is giving WRC.com his thoughts on the Sardinian stages.
Mills and Solberg are right in the thick of the top-three battle this year, but doing well on Saturday’s six stages is crucial if the Subaru duo is to climb the podium on Sunday. Here’s what Mills said about the stages the pair will tackle today.
SS7/SS10 Punta Pianedda (18.53km)
The opener of day two starts and finishes in the same place. It starts with a new section for this year, which is very narrow and tricky, especially as we haven’t seen it before. It looks as though this year they’ve put in lots of tricky pieces in the midsection to keep the average speed down. They’ve removed a lot of the flat-out section, although the stage ends with a four kilometre straight along the old gravel main road.
SS8/SS11 Monte Lerno (29.31km)
The second longest stage of the rally starts fast and flowing, then in the middle becomes medium twisty. We also have the famous jump, 21 kilometres in, which launches cars high into the air. Unbelievably this year they’ve re-graded the jump to make it even higher. I think they’ve gone a step too far though, and I don’t think you’ll actually see any cars jumping over it. We’ve marked it with a double caution in our pace notes, and even then on the recce we took off. Too fast and you’ll just break the car in half. The stage ends with a long downhill section to the flying finish.
SS9/SS12 Su Filigosu (19.46km)
More than half of this stage is a winding downhill section. As you can imagine it’s very hard on the brakes as you use them pretty much the whole way - they’ll really take a pounding. We cross quite a deep river mid-way through, and then on the last three kilometres there are lots of junctions through some parkland, with another big jump, although it’s not as big as Monte Lerno.