STAGE FLASH SS7

Date: Friday, March 9th

Day: 2 Flash N°: 7

Special stage: El Chocolate 2 Distance: 31.44 km

Weather: Warm and sunny

Road conditions: Dry

 

 

The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team have confirmed that Evans/Barritt (Car 2) will not be restarting on Saturday.  

 

STAT OF THE DAY – 78

Sébastien Loeb has won 78 WRC rallies. The other 10 World Rally Car drivers have won 78 between them – until now…..

 

Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA

“Not so good. We had a spin. Not a good run.”

 

Car 3.   SUNINEN/MARKKULA

Stopped in the stage after a heavy collision with an armco barrier after 15km and was stuck in a ditch.

 

Car 4.   MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-SYNNEVAAG

“We try with the hard tyres, It was very slippery in there. A couple of mistakes but I am happy with the

stage in general.”

 

Car 5.   NEUVILLE/GILSOUL

Three seconds slower than Sordo’s fastest time in the morning. “It was okay I did my best. I was on

three soft and one hard. It was moving around a lot. It was very hot in the car. It was really demanding.”

 

Car 6.   SORDO/DEL BARRIO

“It was good, I tried to manage with the soft tyres I think it’s okay.”

 

Car 7.   LATVALA/ANTTILA

“It was better than in the morning. It is still difficult. It’s a very demanding stage. Hard tyres I think was a

correct choice. Some places it is difficult to get the grip. The ground and the tyres are getting very hot.”

 

Car 8.   TÄNÄK/JARVEOJA

“Just in the last corner we hit a wall but nothing too much.”

 

Car 9.   LAPPI/FERM

Off in the stage after 14.1km. Crew okay.  

 

Car 10.   MEEKE/NAGLE

“I had a spin three-quarters of the way through there and lost six or seven seocnds We got caught in a

rut in hairpin and had to reverse. Silly mistake.”

 

Car 11.   LOEB/ELENA

Unofficially a first stage win for Loeb since Monte Carlo 2015 and he moves up to second place……”We

had the hard tyres this afternoon. There is no grip in some places. I tried to drive in the line. It was not

easy. It was a long stage. It was good at the end…!”

 

Car 32.   HUTTUNEN/LINNAKETO

Radiator issues cannot be repaired and the car was returned to service before this stage after problems

In SS6