STAGE FLASH 19

 

Four-minute intervals.

Car 1.   OGIER/INGRASSIA

“Driving clean, for sure. I need to keep the speed They are pushing hard from behind. So far so good.”

Car 4.   LAPPI/FERM

“At least I don’t need to follow any lines. I can choose my own lines. If they are wrong, the others are

suffering. It was slippery but that was expected.”

Car 5.   MEEKE/MARSHALL

Reports filtered in that the engine sounded sick on acceleration out of corners and he dropped 40

seconds to Latvala. Reporter Colin Clark – “Reports coming in saying that the engine sounds a bit

off. Meeke: “That’s because I am not pressing the throttle….. I am saving tyres!”

Car 6.   SORDO/DEL BARRIO

“It’s okay. The feeling was not so bad. I just need to arrive at the end and take the points for

Manufacturers. I will try and enjoy the last two stages and think ahead to the next rally.”

Car 8.   TÄNAK/JÄRVEOJA

“Let’s see. I believe this one was the worst for the tyres (hard), early in the morning and quite loose.

Hopefully the next ones will be better.”

Car 10.   LATVALA/ANTTILA

“Our target is the seventh place. That is the target. The second step is the Power Stage points. We will

see what we can get.”

Car 11.   NEUVILLE/GILSOUL

“I am driving on a good rhythm. You never know with the guys behind having a puncture or a spin, so I

have to drive fast.”

Car 33.   EVANS/MARTIN

“We can keep trying. The stage was not bad to be honest. The feeling was okay. We can push in the

next one.”

Car 89.   MIKKELSEN/JAEGER-AMLAND

“It’s feeling very good to be honest and the car is handling very well. It is really nice. I just try to follow

his (Lappi) lines as much as I can. It is better than yesterday.”

Car 21.   PIENIAZEK/HELLER

Drama as he left service this morning. He had a fuel pressure issue. The crew managed to restart the

car. “It was pretty good. The beginning was very good. I struggled a bit in the second half of the stage. It

was slippy and the tyres were overheating. I lost a bit of confidence, but I am generally happy.”

Car 41.   GUERRA/ZAPATA

“Feeling really good. It is difficult to drive in these conditions because I just have to take the car to the

finish line. I just have to drive on this pace and not risk the car.”