Pues eso...que Manfrd Stohl correrá las 16 carreras de la temporada que viene con un Citroen Xsara WRC del equipo Kronos.
Stohl to compete with Kronos Racing
Manfred Stohl has come up with a new team in time for the entry deadline for the FIA World Rally Championship. His successes so far enable the 34-year-old Austrian to compete once again in all 16 runs to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2007.
The assigned team will be the Belgian tuning wizards of Kronos Racing who, together with Sebastien Loeb won the driver WRC title in 2006.
The car will be the current World Champion-car, the Citroen Xsara WRC. For at least six runs Swede Daniel Carlsson will be the team-mate in the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team.
Great opportunity with the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team WRC fourth-placed Manfred Stohl and co-driver Ilka Minor will once again compete in 16 WRC runs in 2007. Thereby the 34-year-old Austrian will fall back on a well known vehicle. The OMV driver will once again take his seat in the Citroen Xsara WRC – the very car and team, Kronos Racing, that, together with Sebastien Loeb, became World Champion this year and celebrated eight victories.
“The fact alone that I will compete again in 16 runs next year seems like a dream,” said Stohl. “Even more exciting, it will be with the current World Champion team. I know Kronos Racing since I reached my first WRC podium places for them in 2005.
The team works perfectly and has the advantage of being supported by Citroen-Sport. This should give us the opportunity to reach top positions next year, as well.”
Stohl's team-mate in the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team for at least six runs will be Daniel Carlsson. The 30-year-old Swede who as third-placed reached his first podium place at the Sweden Rally in 2006 will compete in Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Finland. Carlsson also celebrated his WRC debut in Sweden in 1999. So far he has taken part in 40 runs.
“It is an incredibly good feeling to be part of the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team,” said Carlsson. “I am sure that the Citroen Xsara WRC is the best rally car in the world and will be perfect also for me to support the campaign “World Rally against Drunk Driving“. I've known Manfred for a very long time and am looking forward to working with him. I think it will be the perfect mixture to be successful. I can hardly wait to be behind the steering wheel once again.“
Un par de fotos de la temporada (2005) que Stohl corrió con un Xsara de Kronos: