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51. RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada 2015

22. 10. – 25. 10. 2015, Salou • asphalt - gravel 331.25 km • Other years
WRC #12WRC 2 #12JWRC #6WRC 3 #12Drive Dmack Cup #5

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SS23

44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"Thanks to all my supporters, to the team, Emil my co-driver. The car has run like a machine."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I don't really know what to say. Of course not the way I wanted to win my first rally. It's unreal! We struggled on gravel but we pushed like hell on tarmac. We gave everything we could. I'm sure I'll cry on the road section!"
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"We had a perfect run. If Andreas is having a better one then I give him all the respect. With the set-up I have, with two spares, I cannot do better."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
crashed - taken a wheel off 8.3km into the stage
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I'm very happy. Okay, disappointed with my puncture on the first day, but we've ended up with the position we deserved."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"Okay, not a great weekend, but we grafted out a great result. We came here to keep second place in the championship and it looks like job done."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"Nice and easy to bring the car home. We'll look at the order when we get back to service. Perhaps I can stop and get a picnic somewhere? I apologise if my words earlier were a bit harsh to Thierry - it seems he had a technical problem|"
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"We can't fix it. We had to finish and take the maximum points for the championship. We are quite unlucky. I don't know what will happen with Paddon. I just have to bring back the car with the problem we have."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"In the end I'm happy, I needed a good rally after so many bad ones before. At least something positive at the end of the season."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"Still a gearbox issue, second gear not working properly. That's how it is. We tried to drive nicely. Not perfect."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"For sure we just planned to be safe. We could do more but we wanted to avoid mistakes and going off. The last stage was very enjoyable. Fantastic."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"A massively disappointing weekend, especially after the high of Corsica. We came here wanting a lot more. The pace is there on tarmac but the off yesterday didn't help."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"After yesterday I was really disappointed and not sure we could take away anything good from this event, but today we have done well on tarmac, we can see big improvements."

SS22

47
flagKremer Armin - Winklhofer Pirmin
"Fantastic eh? The car is running well. Happy at the moment but the race is not over yet. We will see at the end..."
39
flagProtasov Yuriy - Cherepin Pavlo
He stopped to change a puncture. Also had a problem with his wheel-change gun.
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"I was cautious. We will do what we can."
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"All okay. No risks in the cuts. I tried to keep on the clean tarmac."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"All good. No problem."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"Happy to finish this stage to be honest. Looking at the cuts I'm not surprised there have been so many punctures. The last stage will be much cleaner."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"It's very exciting going into the last stage. We need to keep pushing - that's the reality. There is smoke in our car, the jack was banging round in the back and some oil is burning."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"A spin just after the start line. I tried to push after that."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"Just driving in the middle of the road. No cuts. I can't risk a puncture."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"The transmission broke under braking. When I came on the throttle we went off. I tried to get it back. We will try to finish like this. We will see."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"I don't know why he's gone off. He had absolutely no reason to push. It looks like he's cocked up under braking. He just had to keep the position. Now it's made our job more difficult to fight with Citroen. Unbelievable. This is a team sport."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
stopped 13.2km into stage - moving again
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"We have a problem with the gearbox. We have practically lost 2nd gear. It's still there, but making a bad noise."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"Today is not what we wanted."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"The feeling is really good but we have no tyres any more. We used them in the morning. The car is moving about more now. Overall a positive weekend."
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
"Okay, but this week for us was really difficult - with the gravel and our mechanical problem yesterday."

SS21

47
flagKremer Armin - Winklhofer Pirmin
"Fantastic. Can I find more pace? I'll try!"
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"The clutch problem is getting no worse. Some small slip in the corners, I just drive smoothly, hopefully we can get to the finish."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"This one is very, very dirty, for sure punctures can happen. I'm not pushing the limits. I should be okay."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"No clear impact, a small stone in a cut perhaps. Now the difference is too big, I cannot fight back."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I'm enjoying the moment and the fight."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"A lot of gravel in the road. We changed the set-up a little to see if we can find more grip."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"The objective is to keep ahead of Paddon and Neuville. I'm enjoying the driving more today."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"Going very well. I was able to increase my speed a little bit. Nice to find some good feeling on tarmac."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"All we can do keep the pressure on."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"I'm making little changes to the set-up all the time. I feel quite good in the car now. Still more to come for sure but going in the right direction."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"We tried to brake a bit harder and later, but we ended up missing a junction. We are on the limit."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"It was okay. I didn't enjoy on the first pass when I made a stupid mistake. The car is running okay."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"Really bad conditions."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"Struggling with the balance of the car. We made some changes but they didn't seem to work."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"The feeling is quite alright, I can't complain. Really dirty in a couple of places."
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
"Sometimes the road is not very clean. I'll try to push some more in the next stage."

SS20

47
flagKremer Armin - Winklhofer Pirmin
"We will see what we can do."
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"We need to push because Kremer is coming fast."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"A nice stage. Really enjoyable."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"You never know. At this moment its not impossible. We will see."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"I'm fighting a little bit with the car because the extra spare wheel we have is making me understeer a bit. Maybe not the cleverest choice but we were in safe mode."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"Not really a perfect stage, not really happy but a good morning loop. Looks like we are set for an exciting repeat loop. Trying to go as fast as I can without going absolutely crazy."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"Our ambition is to be on the podium but I don't want to keep taking the risks. Now we try to keep this position. They are pushing hard ahead."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"It's all about the manufacturers points for us."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"I have two pet hates on this rally and this stage is one of them. I find it really hard to get a good rhythm."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I'm trying. Really enjoying it today. Very happy with the car and my driving."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"I tried to do a good stage but it's not easy to drive the car in this one. My pace notes were okay but I was not committing in the tight corners."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"I like this stage but I made too many mistakes. The balance in the car is not right and the the pace notes were too slow."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
front-right bodywork damage."I was correcting a pace note and we spoke at the same time. We went into the barrier, stopped and had to restart the engine."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"A fantastic road. A nice flow, a great rhythm."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"It wasn't perfect for us. It'll be a great way to end the rally later."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"Really difficult and technical in places. Trying to work a lot on my pace notes and understand the lines."
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
"Not bad. I tried to push."

SS19

101
flagCave Tom - Parry Craig
stopped, moving again
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"I saw him on the stage with the bonnet open. Not a crash. We do our best now. Okay, we will see."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"I'm not in this position to take risks. This was the worst stage today for the chance of punctures so I took it easy."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"Andreas is driving well. We have two spares and it's affecting the balance, making the car understeer a little."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I enjoyed it. I did the best I could with the experience I have here but I expect Jari-Matti to be quicker here."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"Not so bad but a lot of cuts and I didn't want to risk putting my tyres in."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"I had a spin. I had to stop and reverse and then I stalled. It cost us about 10 seconds. The corner just tightened up on us. Rather than trying to risk it I pulled the handbrake and spun us around."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"Very good rhythm. The most fantastic stage of the rally."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"A little mistake near the beginning and I spun the car. I put a new tyre on the front and locked the wheel under braking, maybe the tyre wasn't warm."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"It was good. I slowed a little in the middle section, it was rough and easy to break a rim or something. Otherwise good. The car feels really nice to drive."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"Good balance, I prefer the cleaner roads where you can pick a racing line."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"Struggling for confidence with the front of the car today. I don't know why."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"A proper stage. Really enjoyable. I'm keeping it steady and clean, trying to get the Tarmac feeling right."
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
"Not bad. My first time here and I tried to push. No mistakes but not easy."

SS18

38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"I will do my best today. Whatever it costs, it will cost."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"We drive safe. That's what we are here to do."
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"I hope just to get to the finish - I have the same problem with the slipping clutch and diff. Coming out of the corners it's like a front-wheel drive car."
48
flagCamilli Eric - Veillas Benjamin
Reports a leak in the exhaust
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"Some big cuts near the end there. Very dirty. We can afford to be careful. I have two spares. On this next one I have to be extra careful."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"I was very careful in the dirty cuts. It's an exciting fight."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"An okay start, a bit careful in places. Not perfect but okay. I've not given up on the fight with Jari-Matti."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"We try to push. I lost a little time in one corner when we got on some loose gravel."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"We have to manage the gap. Tricky in here, a bit of gravel pulled out that I wasn't expecting."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I did a good stage. I'll do my best. He can try."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"We will try. The points are important in the championship fight for Hyundai."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"We have some vibration in the car, especially on the fast sections. Maybe something is loose. We'll have a look."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"It was okay. A good wake up. All good."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"The surface is new compared to yesterday, more bumpy and shiny. We were a bit cautious."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"A bit of understeer at the beginning, but okay,"
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"It feels good. We don't have to push any more. We go at our own pace to practise and learn the tarmac."

SS17

48
flagCamilli Eric - Veillas Benjamin
"I don't know how it happened. Not important though. I'm very happy with my day - two best times and a good fight with Kopecky."
47
flagKremer Armin - Winklhofer Pirmin
"A tricky day but we drive safe. I'm looking forward to the fight with Nasser tomorrow."
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"A tough rally but I will do my best tomorrow to keep this position. I will eat and sleep well to get ready! The car is working very well, I just need to change my mind..."
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"We still have a problem with the diff and a slipping clutch. It drove more like a front-wheel drive car in here. Looking forward to getting to service."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"I've really enjoyed it today. It's been one of those rallies where everything has worked right from the beginning. My title chances depend on other drivers - I'm not thinking about it."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"Driving here with three brakes and no handbrake it was a miracle we only had to reverse around a corner once! Okay, we showed some good speed today, we are happy to be here and tomorrow we try to learn some more."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"You don't want to do something stupid in the dirty sections. I'm picking nice racing lines and I think I'm balancing my pace well."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"Even with my issues today to be level with Thierry, and to have beaten him and Dani on a couple of stages, is very encouraging. We're going to keep working."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"Some encouraging times today. I heard some noises from the clutch before this stage. We'll take a look in service now."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"Difficult to fight, we kept losing small amounts of time. We'll do our best tomorrow."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"Very tricky in here. I just haven't hit the sweet spot with the set-up today. We'll see if we can find something in service later."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"Fighting hard [with the Citroens] I struggled a bit with the settings. It's a good battle - just a shame it's not for the rally win."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"A stupid mistake here, I stalled in the first junction."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"The speed has been there today but in the morning it just didn't go my way. I was a little bit unlucky, but that's the way it is sometimes."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"It's been fun all day, I'm really happy. The car has been perfect. Okay, with the big gap I've been able to take it easy but when the road has been dirty but when it's clean I still push."

SS16

38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"No real improvement but fourth place would be good for the championship."
48
flagCamilli Eric - Veillas Benjamin
"A great day for us. Some small problems with the clutch and the rear-diff but the car is working very well."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"All okay. Everything is working well. We just keep going. At this pace we can drive for 24 hours seven days a week!"
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"We still have no rear-right brake. We slid in a cut and clipped the side of the road. We had to change the right-rear wheel."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"I enjoyed a good rhythm for half the stage, but in the loose gravel I took it easy.
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
stopped, moving again
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"I'm trying my best. The rally is still very long. We need to try and stay in touch."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"Without the punctures we could be in a very different position. Over-driving a little in there. We need to hit the reset button tonight before tomorrow's stages."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"I've been playing about with the car and the settings today but I haven't been able to find the sweet spot."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"When you ignore the Volkswagens not so bad. The balance of the car is better now."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I really enjoyed it. The stage is flowing all the way to the end. We lost a lot of time but I'm happy with my driving."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"Jari-Matti did a very good job in here I must say. It's not easy for me to go faster in the corners because then I get more understeer. Of course I want to fight but he's a good driver."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"This is my favourite stage. The car is like a race car and this is like a circuit. After the stress earlier everything is working better now. It's a good fightback."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"A good feeling. As soon as it's a clean road I'm fine, but I'm still taking it carefully in the cuts. No risks."

SS15

78
flagKoči Martin - Kostka Lukáš
"We have two punctures and one spare. We're done for the day."
47
flagKremer Armin - Winklhofer Pirmin
"Not too bad for us. The car is running well."
48
flagCamilli Eric - Veillas Benjamin
"Very happy with that. We have a good set-up in the car. A good feeling."
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"I still don't have much confidence. I try to drive without risks and it should be okay."
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"A small problem with the clutch and the diff. I cannot use the launch control, so that costs us a second or so."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"I'm backing off in the cuts. I can feel the time loss but I don't want to take risks."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"We have a brake problem. The rear-right brake is not working. On the last stage whenever I braked the car went sideways."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"We went off the road in the last section. No damage."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"Not bad. I'm trying to go as fast as possible. Just on the cuts I'm not pushing to the maximum. I don't want to take any risks there."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"Very difficult. We are here for a fight. Maybe I can give some more, but not much."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
puncture FR - "It happened right at the start, we cut a corner and damaged the rim."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"It's not the objective to fight with Mads. The Hyundai's are our target."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"Okay. I try to work on the settings all the time. I think we are going in the right way. We have stiffened the set-up to try and find more lateral grip."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I tried my best at least. I've felt I've done two good stages after service. It feels like this is our speed."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I was not so happy with the beginning. I thought I had a puncture. After five or six corners I realized I didn't."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"It was alright. We had a puncture after 1km on the first pass here so I couldn't push as hard as I wanted."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"A clean drive. A bit too cautious near the end. I'm relaxed but still concentrated. The rally is going well but I still have to finish!"

SS14

8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"I'm on the limit. No more to give."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
. "Okay, Kris has taken a bit out of us here but we'll keep trying to catch Mads. We want to try and get some points out of them."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"It's a pity we have to test during a rally."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"I enjoyed a lot. The car is working okay but I'm sliding too much. I think the tyres are getting too hot. That's when we lose the consistency."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I was very happy with my driving. Driving to the limit of the car and a couple of seconds quicker than before."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"Struggling a bit with understeer but this was the best stage of the rally for me."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"It's getting exciting now. I might be attacking too hard in the corners. I know I can improve on the stages to come."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"A good stage for me. Very clean. No chance to avoid the cuts this time. Happy with my car."

SS13

52
flagTempestini Simone - Chiarcossi Matteo
"We had a puncture and the jack was in tarmac mode and I could not change the tyre easily."
71
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"The throttle is stuck open. We have to turn the power off every time we want to brake."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"My pace notes towards the end were a little too slow."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"It's difficult to make up time in these stages."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I was hoping to catch up some places today on tarmac. This was a nice stage, I was really careful."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
stopped, stuck in a ditch
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"We have to fight for second place. That's all we can do. Now I have a good feeling. A nice pace. Enjoying the driving."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"A great loop. We were pushing hard this morning to make a difference. When Latvala had a puncture the gap became bigger, so it's not the same level of attack. I'm enjoying the driving."

SS12

38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"Not easy. A lot of good things with the car, but I am still learning. Okay, we're in a good position for the championship now. We need to do a good job here. Top three would be good."
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"The power steering is fixed. I'm really happy we can continue. I'm trying to enjoy these fantastic stages. I'm pushing to regain the time lost. Everything is possible."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"Its okay. Not a killer stage but no problems. No risks."
49
flagBreen Craig - Martin Scott
Retired at the start of SS11. Broken differential.
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
Very happy and very good. When we had our problems yesterday I knew we would regret them more today."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"I had to back off in the cuts. Driving with my head."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"We hit a wheel on the stage before and now we have a bad vibration through the car. It's very distracting in the long corners. We will have time to change it before the next stage."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"Yeah, but it's very difficult to drive at this pace. The stages are dirty and we have a lot of understeer. We made some changes before this stage, and we will try to do something more now. We can't stay like this."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"The grip is a little better in this one. We've softened the car set-up a bit. No problems."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"Okay. The car feels better. We have made a few changes to the set-up. It's as much as we can do at the moment."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"The feeling is alright. Still a bit more to come in some places I think."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"Better - we make some changes to the car, moving the right way. I'm much more confident. I thought we had a puncture before the end [he hasn't] we need to have a look now."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I'm trying. A lot of mistakes."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"I have been fighting all morning with the brakes. I got them right here and attacked. My mistake though, I cut in a corner and hit concrete. I broke the tyre or wheel straight away. We drove 10km like this. The podium is the target now."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"Up to now going well for us. All going well with the car. A great feeling."

SS11

42
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
Confirmed retired. Crashed just before the El Molar hairpin. Crew okay.
42
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
WRC tracking shows his Skoda stopped just before the El Molar hairpin. He was second in WRC 2
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"I tried to push really, really hard. If I go faster I risk going off."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
He has taken a wheel off.
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"Very difficult to get the right feeling here. A lot of understeer."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
WRC tracking shows his car stopped 21.7km into the stage.
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"Not perfect. The car didn't feel perfect in the first one. I tried something different here."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"I thought I had a puncture for a few corners - that knocked my confidence at the beginning."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"I'm fighting with the car to be honest, the balance is not quite right."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"It feels not good at all. So much understeer I cannot drive. Horrible."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"I managed to make it a little better but it's not where it should be. I don't have a chance. There is air in the system but we didn't have enough time on the road section to get it out."

SS10

34
flagGiordano Quentin - Sarreaud Valentin
WRC tracking shows his Citroen stopped 900 metres into the stage.
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"The Power steering failed after 500 metres."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"We are happy. This stage is really cool. It's very important for me to finish this rally so I'm not pushing flat out."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"All good. The feeling is good but it's a bit too cold for our tyres. We have more gravel on the road than the guys ahead so we lose with the road position."
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
Confirmed retired on the road section from service to SS10. He was unable to cure a problem with the rear brakes and handbrake.
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"I expected the car would be better, to be honest. We are understerring a lot. A bit disappointed. It's not good."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"I tried my best. I pushed as hard as possible - that's not so easy for me after Corsica."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"We hit a small stone on the inside of a corner. I didn't see it on the recce. We've driven for three kilometres like this."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"A bit careful at the start, too cautious, but it got better as the stage went on."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"Not perfectly happy with my rhythm. I can't seem to get the front of the car to turn in. We have to try something."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"Not really happy, to be honest. Understeering in the very tight corners. Maybe I'm too late on the brakes? i will try to do better."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"Not a good stage for me. I tried - but too much."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"The brakes are not good at all. I have a horrible feeling with the brake pedal. I knew we had a problem before the stage and I tried to fix it. I have no chance today if I can't get it better."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"This one is very special, very twisty. I had to slow down a little because Bertelli was in the middle of the road - he's crashed."
37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Granai Lorenzo
WRC tracking shows him stopped 4.8km into the stage.
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
Stopped outside service with a brake problem. He is working on the car.

SS9

49
flagBreen Craig - Martin Scott
"I completely broke a damper today. After service I was not too far away, but on these rough stages the car was bouncing like a pogo stick. I just need a bit of luck - it's just horrific, isn't it?"
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"I like these stage a lot. The car is working well today - thanks to the team for that."
50
flagMaurin Julien - Klinger Nicolas
"A bad day for us. Maybe five punctures? One was down to me, the others I don't know. All I can do now is complete this rally."
48
flagCamilli Eric - Veillas Benjamin
"An engine problem all day. A long day. I'm looking forward to getting to service."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"A slow one - it happened two or three kilometres before the finish. A good day though, for sure Sweden is my favourite rally but Spain is my second!"
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
His earlier handbrake problem fixed by disconnecting it.
40
flagAl-Kuwari Abdulaziz - Clarke Marshall
"I took it easy because I didn't want to break the car. No risks, we are 10 minutes off the pace and I want to get to tomorrow's Tarmac stages for the experience."
39
flagProtasov Yuriy - Cherepin Pavlo
"Okay, but a small mistake in the first afternoon stage cost us a lot of time. I touched a stone and broke a wheel rim."
42
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
"A few problems today but I'm keeping my eye on the dark red car [of his title rival Al-Attiyah]. So far everything is still open."
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"Okay, we finished the day. We want a good result here. Let's see tomorrow. "
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"We got stuck in first gear"
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"It happened a few kilometers before the finish. I tried my best to save the car, there were so many impacts, so many sharp stones. I wanted to save the car for the tarmac roads tomorrow."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"Today has been a difficult day. Of course we want to challenge the Volkswagens here. We will try our best tomorrow."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"It was particularly rough in there and I struggled to find the confidence when the car was crashing through. Not what we wanted. I'm ready for the Tarmac tomorrow. Looking forward to it."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"It hasn't been a great day me but we changed a few settings for this last stage and they have given me some encouragement for tomorrow."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"We had a strange feeling in the last 5km but overall it was not such a bad day. We have to say thanks to the organisers for the three minutes gaps to reduce the dust."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I tried, but I struggled. I think the front-left suspension strut is broken. It gave no support to that corner. I had to be careful all the way through."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"It has been better and better with each stage. Not perfect, but I'm happy with this stage."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"Seb did very well. There were so many cuts in there, so much stuff on the road, I couldn't drive like I did earlier. A few small mistakes early on, but I couldn't have done much better. We are on the pace, much better that last year, so anything is still possible."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"I tried for sure. We wanted to make a difference, but this tyre wear is not enough!"

SS8

6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"I lost the rear tyres on the tarmac section. There was really no chance to go faster after that. But we've had a good day today. We have shown again that we have good pace on gravel."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"This stage was an improvement on the morning but it's not a stage I enjoy. This morning was alright but I was never really comfortable. The car never felt right all afternoon."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
late start to SS - locked-on handbrake
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
"Not so bad but I am struggling to change gear with this gearbox."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"It was okay. We had another puncture on the previous stage. I'm just driving and trying to enjoy it. Rallies are about setting good times and avoiding trouble."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"Not really good, I braked too late in some junctions. The next one is the proper one."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"Everybody is managing their tyres here because the next stage will be critical. There's something strange at the rear of our car, it is moving around a bit and there is a knocking noise."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"I think I'll have some good tyres on the front for the final stage."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"It was okay, a bit more confidence. Working in the right way now. Maybe not the best tyre management this afternoon. I have one badly worn on the front. Maybe six tyres would have been a better idea."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"We mixed the tyres around a bit, putting worn ones on here to save the good ones for the long stage."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I made a mistake in a left-hander. I lost one or two seconds. I still can't find the perfect stage."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"A good feeling going on. I'm enjoying the driving and the car feels good. I enjoy these moments. They should happen more often."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"I have to be patient. I'm looking forward to the long stage, but it will be difficult to make much time there - I expect Jari-Matti will be right behind."

SS7

20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"No problems - just trying to manage the tyres. We had two worn ones here to keep some new ones for the long stage. We knew that would cost us some time."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"We pushed as hard as we could. The feeling is good, so why not?"
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"More grip, but it's still tricky if you get the rear tyres off line. I'm trying to save tyres."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"The grip is better now, but I'm struggling with the pre-load setting of the rear diff."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I'm trying to save my tyres as much as I can. This was an okay stage. Not perfect but clever driving."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"A good stage. The grip was very high."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"Better conditions, but still difficult. I try to save my tyres."

SS6

71
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
stopped 1.9km into the stage
39
flagProtasov Yuriy - Cherepin Pavlo
stopped, moving again
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"All good. Much more grip that before. We had bad luck on the long stage, but that's how it is. We try to enjoy this day and look forward to tomorrow's tarmac."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"Better on the harder tyres - there is much less movement."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"Better than this morning but the surface is still difficult to read. We made some changes to the car and it's better, with more grip at the rear. The intercom is working too."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"Not so bad. We are in the fight and that is important."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"The car is driving very nicely. It was a nice, clean run, but there were some nasty impacts kicking back through the steering."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"More rutted than I thought it would be and a lot harder in the compressions. We broke the windscreen in there, the car was bouncing around at lot."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"The stage was okay. The car works a bit better in the cleaner conditions, but in one corner we had no [engine] response, I thought the turbo pipe had come off. It only happened once but we have a problem and will investigate."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"Not quick enough I think. Quite a good stage, but not as good as I was earlier."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"The brakes are working well now. I have to look after the tyres. I thought I drove cleverly."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"A completely different approach to this morning. I had some attack. I was not thinking too much about my tyres, I have two spares."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"This morning I thought this stage would be the worst (for road cleaning) but it wasn't. Okay this time, but no big attack. We have to think about the tyres for the long stage."

SS5

50
flagMaurin Julien - Klinger Nicolas
"A terrible morning. After only one kilometre we hit a small rock on the line and we broke the brakes. It's finished for us."
49
flagBreen Craig - Martin Scott
broken something on suspension
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"The car is working well. Maybe sliding too much at the rear. We lost some time here in Maurin's dust - he stopped to change a puncture."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"I'm really enjoying it. I'm feeling no pressure and the times are quite quick. Perfect."
40
flagAl-Kuwari Abdulaziz - Clarke Marshall
"Very, very bad, we have something wrong with the set-up. It's almost undriveable."
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
His soft-compound front tyres are badly worn but he's leading the category and is satisfied they were the right choice.
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
His car's rear-left tyre is soft, and there's another flat in the car. So two flats in the stage. "The first one happened when I went into a right-hand corner too fast corner with massive over steer. I hit a bank and we stopped to change the wheel. The next one I have no idea. It always seems like this. Okay, I'm happy because I won a stage on gravel but we cannot seem to get it all right."
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
"I think I have a problem with the rear diff. I think I lose a lot of time."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"Horrible. I had trouble getting off line early in the stage. Then rough like crazy - lots of impacts on the car. And low grip, lots of wheel spin."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"We overheated the brakes on the tarmac and the surface was extremely dirty. Lots of gravel, and big stones too, it was easy to break the suspension and it will be worse on the repeat."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"I'm quite surprised because it's been a long time since I have been here. I pushed hard but the tarmac section was extremely dirty."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"I've always struggled with this one, this time has been the cleanest yet but after the Tarmac section my tyres went off. And then you see the pace of the Volkswagens. They seem to look after their tyres better."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"A better rhythm for me. I'm sorry for my team-mate - he has been on fire this morning."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I did absolutely nothing," he says. "I had a good run but suddenly I started to feel a slow puncture. We drove 13km on the puncture."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I lost the brakes for many kilometres. They came back later but I couldn't trust them. We'll go and bleed them now."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"Towards the end it started to get quite difficult with the tyres but I think we managed it quite well. I drove completely differently this time to last year - the car set-up is changed and my approach to the corners is a lot more brave."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
I struggled a lot with the grip - especially near the end. I thought at the end my tyres were gone but in fact they were okay."

SS4

42
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
"All fine now. Maybe it's not wise to have a full attack on the next stage but if I get a good feeling I will push."
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"Three good stages done but it's not easy to drive for the first time here in this car [the Skoda Fabia R5]. I'm sure we will learn more on the next stage."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"A good start but in one slow speed corner we clipped the front-right wheel and now I have a strange noise. We have to go and check."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"We had an intercom problem on the previous stage, now I have to listen very carefully to hear my co-driver. Luckily I remember some of these corners from last year - even if they are in the opposite direction. With no service today it's not easy."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"It's been a great start, I'm really enjoying the stages. I'm pushing hard and it's good to see it paying off."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"It was a bit better than the previous stage but I'm not very happy with my driving this morning to be honest. I'm not attacking enough. I'm thinking too much about the next round in Wales."

SS3

6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"The feeling is getting better. Difficult to find a smooth rhythm but we are improving."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"The road position is helping but it's not easy to keep it in the lines."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"It was okay. I was a bit steady at the start. Slippery in places, more grip in others. A step forward from where we were in Australia for sure."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"I've only every done these stages once in my life, in 2011. They are slippery and I'm just learning."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"The beginning of the stage wasn't so good. The end was better."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I pushed very hard in the beginning but my soft tyres overheated towards the end and I lost the rhythm. Not so bad though."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I haven't been finding the perfect rhythm. My driving is okay but I need to find that fighting rhythm."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"I did a little change with the car set-up but also with my mind. I had to attack more - especially in the braking points and where I attack in the corners."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"A real challenge, but we always knew that. I expected this would be better than the first, but it was difficult. I did my best. I could not have done any better."

SS2

37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Granai Lorenzo
stopped again - looks like the end of the day
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
"I'm in am older spec car with the manual gear-selector lever. That is taking some getting used to. My feeling in the car is not there yet."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"We had a few issues. It's difficult to get a clean stage. The car was sliding a lot ."
37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Granai Lorenzo
stopped - he is moving again now, but slowly.
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"The car was sliding about."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"Clean, no dust, but we had the hard tyre and really bad grip. Difficult to stay on the line, and to hold the line. I expected this stage to be horrible."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"The road has more grip for me, but it's still very slippery. The rear of the car was moving a lot."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"Very hard to get a good rhythm but not too bad. The tyres choice [ four hard compounds] was right. A good start to the rally."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"Amazingly slippery. Sliding a lot, so trying to drive tidy lines. The time is good but I expect the road will keep cleaning a bit. Let's see what the guys behind do."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"Not so bad. Quite difficult to read the road and judge the grip."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"Fine, but I still have to find the right rhythm on these slippery stages."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"Not easy to see much in this dust. For me the three minute gap is not enough"
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"Mads was very quick. For me it was okay, but we are too soft at the rear, there is too much movement [he has soft compound tyres at the rear too]. We have to adjust the settings a bit."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"I was pushing hard. Quite a good rhythm. This could be promising! There is some dust, but it's not so difficult, you can still go flat-out."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"I know I'll lose time here with the road sweeping."

SS1

49
flagBreen Craig - Martin Scott
"The gremlins are back. That stupid pop-off valve is giving us problems again."
45
flagKopecký Jan - Dresler Pavel
"One stupid mistake around a hay bale but otherwise a really good time for us. No problems. We try to build our confidence tomorrow."
50
flagMaurin Julien - Klinger Nicolas
"I want to win again here but the start is not good. Not a good feeling on the first corner with the hard tyre. Okay, the real beginning is tomorrow."
48
flagCamilli Eric - Veillas Benjamin
"We have a good car set-up. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's stages."
44
flagTidemand Pontus - Axelsson Emil
"It's difficult to drive in this sort of half-light."
43
flagKetomaa Jari - Lindström Kaj
"It's great to be back. Not an easy start, I tried my best, but I was maybe a bit too excited near the beginning. A few small mistakes."
39
flagProtasov Yuriy - Cherepin Pavlo
"A good stage. Not so bad. For us, it is important to finish here. A top three would be good for us."
42
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
"I'm absolutely happy. I tried to save my tyres. Okay, Nasser has a different set-up, but for me it's a perfect start."
38
flagAl-Attiyah Nasser - Baumel Mathieu
"We took the decision to use tarmac dampers, even though we had never tested it, and it worked really well with the gravel tyres! We can change them in 10 minutes tomorrow."
1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"It's good to start this way but I remember in Corsica we started like this and then it didn't go so well! The real start is tomorrow. I'm happy though, it was a clean drive. Now I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'm going to go for it."
8
flagSordo Dani - Martí Marc
"A good drive for me, we have saved some tyres for tomorrow. It's okay."
5
flagEvans Elfyn - Barritt Daniel
"We had a mistake on one of the [donut hay] bales. I couldn't get the car shifted into first until half way round."
2
flagLatvala Jari-Matti - Anttila Miikka
"I didn't scrub my tyres so much, and I knew the others would do that more, but even so the time is a bit of a disappointment."
3
flagMeeke Kris - Nagle Paul
"Everybody scrubbed their tyres. I'm happy with my time. Last year Volkswagen eclipsed our times by about 4sec."
9
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"Not a perfect one. I didn't scrub my tyres like I did last year. It was okay but I braked too late for the first corner and then I made a mistake at a hairpin. So not perfect, but I saved some tyres for tomorrow."
4
flagØstberg Mads - Andersson Jonas
"Neuville has done an amazing time. Okay, 2.6sec off that is not perfect but it's not so bad. Tomorrow we will do some proper stages. I'm really looking forward to it."
7
flagNeuville Thierry - Gilsoul Nicolas
"I had two soft and two hard tyres, split left and right, but I had a problem with the handbrake and locked the wheels a couple of times. I think the guys behind will be quicker."
6
flagTänak Ott - Mõlder Raigo
"It's my first time here and this is a tricky stage. A few surprises but a clean run. Now I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."
20
flagPaddon Hayden - Kennard John
"Big concrete walls take no prisoners. Cold brakes and tyres almost caught us out but overall no problems."
14
flagKubica Robert - Szczepaniak Maciej
"We have something wrong. "For the last three or four hundred metres we have no power - like no anti-lag."
21
flagProkop Martin - Tománek Jan
"I tried to enjoy it, but made two mistakes on the first two corners, I missed the braking points, but the rest was good."
15
flagLefebvre Stéphane - Prévot Stéphane
"I really enjoyed that. Last year on the first corner here I made a mistake so this time I took it very cautiously."
37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Granai Lorenzo
"Okay, but I had a problem with the downshifts. I couldn't find first gear at the roundabouts, but it's okay."
12
flagAl-Qassimi Khalid - Patterson Chris
"Difficult but this is all for the spectators. Lots of donuts - it was a lot of fun."