Mikko Hirvonen Leads Rally Norway after SS5
“It’s been a good morning, it looks like there’s going to be a really big fight - and that’s how it should be!” he said. “My road position is okay, but I’d be happy to be first car as well - I don’t think there’s much difference between the two places. It doesn’t really matter - this afternoon the plan is flat-out all the way.”
On the other hand, Sebastien Loeb didn't referred to competition and preferred to talk about the road conditions, saying that despite the difficult snow-covered sections, the car handled pretty well so no major changes should be made during the service stop.
“At the moment it’s good,” said Loeb. “As first car I’m expecting the roads to be just as difficult on the repeat pass, when I’ll be in the tracks of all the other cars. But I’ve kept in contact and that’s what I wanted to do. There’s still a very long way to go. I’m very happy with the car; I don’t think we will make any big changes in service.”
Jari-Matti Latvala arrived third, followed by Loeb's Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo and Petter Solberg. Henning Solberg was only sixth this morning while his team-mate Urmo Aava came seventh. Latvala said driving on snow went pretty well but, despite he expected to do much better, the tires hold him down.
I thought I was driving well, then I saw the splits and I don’t understand why I’m losing time - perhaps I’m being too aggressive,” he said. “I thought being further back on the start order would be better, but it seems on these new wide tyres it’s almost a penalty.”