Drivers quote after SS19 "Sardegna 2" - Wolf Power Stage
DATE: June 4 2023 FLASH N°:19
STAGE: SS19 Sardegna 2” Power Stage STAGE LENGTH: 7,79 KM
ROAD CONDITIONS: Wet
Car #41 E. Cais - P. Tesinski (Skoda Fabia RS): ”It was so exciting that probably my lovely mother would be faster than me. We had a moment in braking where there was standing water and then I took it really very easy. It is so easy to make a mistake and finish the rally. I am very happy. Thanks to my team, to my partners, to my friends and to my family. I am really happy to be here”.
Car #20 Y. Rossel - A. Dunand (Citroen C3 Rally2): ”It has been a very difficult weekend for me and for my team.I worked all the time on the settings, but honestly we need to search for a solution for the next event. If it stays like that it is impossible to fight for the championship. I am here, it is not bad but so difficult weekend, like in Portugal”.
Car #37 M.Marczyk - S.Gospodarczyk (Skoda Fabia RS Rally2): ”It is tough especially for the guys fighting behind us. There is a lot of water and we needed just to survive. The visibility was not good. I am happy because we are at the end of the rally. Very good Thursday and Friday, on Saturday it did not go as we would have liked. Today it is tricky in terms of tyre management. Probably we will be in the top 10 in WRC, which is our best result. There were some ups and downs but we are happy overall”.
Car #25 T.Suninen - M.Markkula (Hyundai i20 Rally2): ”Not really enjoyable. I had some aquaplaning on the tarmac but nothing serious. It was really challenging for us. Without the broken wheel we would have been quite OK. A disappointing weekend”.
Car #29 K. Kajetanowicz - M.Szczepaniak (Skoda Fabia RS Rally2): ”We were working very hard. I tried to keep Rossel behind me, I remember the last stage at the rally in Monza, when we were fighting for the championship and I lost all in one stage. That was the plan for the first time in this car. Thank you to my team, they worked very hard. It is not enough, we need to do more if we want to be in Top3 for example”.
Car #23 A.Mikkelsen - T.Eriksen (Skoda Fabia RS Rally2): ”[Adrian out]Wow, tricky conditions. Really difficult. The rain is coming and going all the time. Whoever is lucky with the rain will win the stage. Two times we were aquaplaning. We did the best of the situation, a clean stage. Not easy to stay on the road. Not a nice end to Adrien. He has done a fantastic weekend and he and the team have so many positives. They should be happy. If it is a win for us we are very happy, but again they did an amazing rally”.
Car #27 A. Fourmaux - A.Coria (Ford Fiesta MKII Rally2): [off the road]
Car #18 T. Katsuta - A. Johnston (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1): ”I do not like to drive this one. It was very difficult to drive, aquaplaning everywhere also when there is no water there is a tick mud and no grip. Many surprises but we are here. Sorry for the team for yesterday, it was a stupid mistake but we had a good pace on Friday. I will try to focus for Kenya and push there. I have been karting, F3 and so on and with this rain you do not drive. Here you have to drive anyway, in rain, snow and thunderstorm that is why we like this”..
Car #8 O. Tänak - M. Järveoja (Ford Puma Rally1): ”I do not think I have many chances [to win the Power Stage]. Seems like this year on gravel I am struggling. It is difficult to find speed and confidence. Let's see what comes next”.
Car #17 S. Ogier - V. Landais (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1): ”Do not really care to be honest [time of Power Stage]. It is not what we wanted for the weekend. When bad luck starts to hit you, you can do what you want and it does not work. So you have to accept it and look forward”.
Car #33 E. Evans - S. Martin (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1): ”It was so slippery, I felt pretty careful in some places and then the next minute it's just like a sledge . It is always like this in these conditions. We had to try. It was not such a good run but OK”. [rear spoiler broken]
Car #69 K. Rovanpera - J. Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1): ”It was quite controlled to be honest. It did not feel fast. Now I was enjoying the rain and the mud with the proper tyres on the car and it is much more enjoyable. Good points. We were not the fastest starting first, but we did a clever run. We kept our pace, were patient and did not make mistakes and break the car. Big thanks to the team and we got good points”.
Car #4 E. Lappi - J. Ferm (Hyundai i20 N Rally1): ”You need to accept these things. For sure it frustrates. That's how it is. Let's hope that Thierry finishes and we get 1-2 for the team which is very encouraging after Portugal and we are good to go for Kenya. [Trying to win in Kenya?]Depends who is behind”.
Car #11 T. Neuville - M.Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1): "Obviously it was a challenging weekend. We came here with the belief we could fight for victory. The first day was very challenging and we lost a bit of time, got it back and lost again. Then yesterday was a big turnaround. It is quite nerve wracking to start a stage like this with slick tyres and you see others go out. We managed to do it. It is the first victory of the team this year, a one-two. The first of our new Team Principal. In our memory we are with Craig as well: we wanted that win in Croatia but we got it now".
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