Friday 23 November 2018

Logistical issues complicate PSRX Volkswagen Sweden's weekend.

PHOTO CREDIT: Junaid Samodien (phone image)
PSRX Volkswagen Sweden have had a nightmare start to their weekend, after their cars and equipment had not arrived on time, and was stuck on a container ship waiting to dock in Cape Town.

The team missed scrutineering and also missed an afternoon shakedown session. 

Pernilla Solberg, PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team principal“Right now, the cars are still on the boat in the team’s two containers.” 

“The cars were collected as planned from Hannover on October 23. They were originally scheduled to leave Antwerp to arrive in Cape Town on November 14," said Pernilla Solberg. "For some reason, our two shipping containers didn’t make it onto that boat. Instead, they were put on the boat a week later.”

Reports suggested that the ships weren't able to dock due to high winds. 

“On Wednesday (November 21), which would have still given us time to get the containers off and everything set up," said Pernilla. "Unfortunately, the ship then encountered bad weather on the way down here and even now, high winds are making it difficult for the boat to dock.”

A long night and morning is in store for the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team to be fully prepared for the opening day of racing tomorrow. 

The PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Polo R Supercars arriving.
PHOTO CREDIT: FIA World Rallycross
“We are completely in the hands of the weather and the shipping company. As soon as the boat comes in we will bring the container with the cars in straight to the track and start working on preparing the cars for practice tomorrow," says Solberg. "But, obviously, we will have to get the cars scrutineered first.”

The team have had no equipment or cars at the circuit. Today, was basically sitting around and a few media interviews. However, the team is raring to go racing...

“It was already complicated to try to make the silver this weekend, but now it’s got even more complicated. It’s so disappointing," said Petter Solberg. "Johan and me, we are here, we are ready to go, but we just have no car to drive!”

Petter Solberg will incur a 15 point penalty for an engine change after Buxtehude issues, and will be a point above Sebastien Loeb in the race for second place in the championship. 

"We have the chance to make the perfect year: teams’ title and gold and silver in the drivers’, but that is getting more and more complicated by the minute," says Pernilla Solberg. "To be honest, it’s a nightmare.”

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden have officially confirmed that the cars and equipment have now officially arrived at the Killarney International Raceway.

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