Yet another stable drive from Carlsson and due to some late penalties to others, gave him three more points in the driver standings. Daniel and Denis have now completed three WRC-rallies together and have managed to score points in all of them!
Daniel and Denis was first classified at 7th place, but at a technical investigation of the cars the marshals found the Ford cars to have irregular side-rear windows. All M-Sport Fords got at five-minute penalty, so the final result of the rally changed radicly, and Daniel got up from seventh to sixth place.
Daniel:-We are all in a little bit of a shock over the late penalties, but on the other hand we are happy to deliver even more points to the Kronos team.
Before the last day of the rally Daniel changed the setup of the Xsara a bit, and results showed directly. On the sundays opening stages Daniel had the best feeling with the car on gravel during the rally, and caught back much time. It was a demanding rally and of the 25 started WRC cars, only 15 of them reached the finish in Algarve. It was one of the trickiest and technical demanding rallies Daniel done during his career.
Daniel:-We must be happy after a rally like this, says a tired but happy Daniel! I'm very proud of to be able to climb back a place during the final day. The circumstances and the preparations and the before the rally was both very strange and limited. Before the rally, we also have to face zero km in the car on gravel. With that in mind, I rank this achievement very high.
-I came down to Portugal with the goal to fight for the positions behind the six manufacture drivers. Even if I knew it would be hard to compete against the drivers like Manfred Stohl (fourth place total in WRC 2006), Henning Solberg, Gigi Galli and Toni Gardemeister to mention some. To get a sixth place out of it is particularly sweet and a nice receipt to get!
Next on the schedule is resting and preparations for the next rally - back home in Sweden.Photo: McKlein