March 16th to 19th 2023

STAGE FLASH 2

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STAGE FLASH 2

 

Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA

“It felt terrible honestly. I struggled a lot.  Grip is very low. It’s cleaning. I expect the others are going

faster. I am not comfortable in the car.”

Car 2.   SUNINEN/SALMINEN

Stopped 13.5km into the stage. Television footage shows the front of the car heavily damaged pointing

off the left side of the stage indicating an accident or a half spin at speed.

Rich Millener of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, said: “We don’t know so much. The crew are okay.

It’s difficult to tell what the damage is. It’s disappointing really. He will miss a lot of stages and the

penalty will be big. The crew will be there until we can get them back.”

Car 4.   LAPPI/FERM

“It’s quite similar to like Australia. I don’t understand really. It’s not about the car. I have zero grip.

Maybe it’s me. I just can’t drive.”

Car 5.   MEEKE/MARSHALL

“Okay, very slippery. I tried to keep the line. It’s my first stage in the new car – happy enough.”

Car 6.   SORDO/DEL BARRIO

“It is very slippery. It is not easy to get the feeling.”

Car 8.   TÄNÄK/JARVEOJA

“Beginning was not so bad and then it got slippery and loose. It was a tough job but the car was good.”

Car 10.   LATVALA/ANTTILA

“We hit something. When you start further back it is cleaner but there are more rocks on the road.”

Car 11.   NEUVILLE/GILSOUL

Rear left tyre delaminated. “About five or six kilometres into the stage we nearly went off and I tried to

avoid stones that Tänak put in the road. Slow puncture but we could not avoid it.”

Car 33.   EVANS/MARTIN

“We have to go…….!” An issue for Elfyn, perhaps?

Car 89.   MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-AMLAND

“We had a clean stage. Not sure how much to push. I tried to stay on the lines and have a clean run.

The car feels really nice.”

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