STAGE FLASH SS8

Date: Friday, March 9th

Day: 2 Flash N°: 8

Special stage: Ortega 2 Distance: 17.23 km

Weather: Cooling, slight breeze and dry

Road conditions: Dry

 

 

M-Sport Ford Rally Team’s Malcolm Wilson has confirmed that Dan Barritt suffered concussion after Elfyn Evans’s crash this morning.

 

Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA

“Our tyres were a bit better. You have to try when you are in the front. Except for the spin on the last

stage it was a good day. We tried our best.”

 

Car 3.   SUNINEN/MARKKULA

Cannot get his car started after the off in SS7.

 

Car 4.   MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-SYNNEVAAG

“Yes we try to stay in front of Ogier. We had a clean stage but we were losing time. I am happy

enough.”

 

Car 5.   NEUVILLE/GILSOUL

“It’s been a tough day. It’s not finished yet. We have a problem with the steering.” He dropped 35

seconds in the stage.

 

Car 6.   SORDO/DEL BARRIO

“I think we did enough to conserve the tyres. The traction was good but the lateral grip was nothing. I

expected to be in the fight. We were fast here last year. But Sébastien (Loeb) is coming really fast on

us…”

 

Car 7.   LATVALA/ANTTILA

Battery warning light fladhing on the dash and Latvala revving the engine frantically. “It could be the

alternator. We have to go quickly.”

 

Car 8.   TÄNÄK/JARVEOJA

“It’s not so bad. It’s been tough to manage all this, but I tried my best.”

 

Car 10.   MEEKE/NAGLE

Lost 12 seconds and slips to fourth place. “The car spun in the road and I had to reverse through the

dust.”

 

Car 11.   LOEB/ELENA

Equal fastest and reduces Sordo’s lead to 7.9 seconds. “It was a good drive. I pushed really hard. It

was a fast stage. I made no mistakes. We had a good tyre choice. It is difficult to push more.”

 

Car 31.   TIDEMAND/ANDERSSON

“I have a good car, a good recce and a good co-driver. We need to keep it up like this. It has been

running like a clock, very good.”