8. Shell Helix Rally Estonia 2018
13. 7. – 15. 7. 2018, Otepää • gravel 145,40 km • Other years
"A pleasure, lots of fun. Learning how to drive on these types of roads. Will give a good fight in Finland. I want to come back and do the rally if we test here again."
"Been a really good day today, been learning the car. We got some good setups for Finland. Thank you to the organizers and the fans, really enjoyed it."
Penalized +1 minute for doing one less lap at the train station roundabout
Did lots of donuts for the crowd
"Everything's ok. Taking it easy and trying to be accurate."
"We tested quite a bit. The car feels quite good but we got a puncture. The tyre came off the rim in the stage and at the end it gave up."
"Getting better and better, the road was destroyed in the end. Incredible job by all of the people involved to make the rally happen. It's been a pleasure."
"We tried to take the maximum of what we could. We now have a good vision of what to do before Finland."
Tyre off the rim
"Quite a lot easier to drive when the car is fixed!"
"Very cautious. Makes a big difference in fast places. I just wanted to get through clean."
"Few changes, trying to find the combination now. Car feels confident, losing grip on the loose."
"Changed the setup a bit and now it seems fine."
"The conditions are the same as always. Yesterday was better, but the heat has not been nice to the todays' stages."
"It's a difficult stage, a bit of narrow, a bit of twisty, a bit of fast. Tricky with the notes, you could be faster. A good bit of stage to know what the car is doing."
"Surprisingly good. We had to work the wheel a bit in the narrow parts."
"We got stuck in Aus's dust.."
"A little bit of dust, no drama."
"The longer the stage the better the rhythm. The condition changes are something to get used to, but overall pretty awesome."
"This stage was with a couple of jumps. Not really smooth in there. Losing 5 seconds to Kaur is not too bad."
"Nice wake up, fast stage. Today will be very fast. Fun to drive."
"No big risks, testing traction. Nice jumps and speed in the stage woke us up well."
"Unfortunately we had a problem in the service. I had a really, really big spin and we went into a field, backwards in 6th gear."
"Scary wake-up, scary fast and scary slippery!"
Late into TC after a faulty part change in service
"It's quite some ice skating out there, congratulations everyone."
"It's very loose in this one. Really difficult to make the car work as we've been working on the car every service."
"We didn't make any changes. The car is working well, handling is pretty good."
"Having a ball. Very social rally, spending a lot of time with the mechanic. Hats off to the organizers, they've done a cracking job making it look like Finland."
"Nice big jumps, great weather. Good information from a rally environment. Stage wins are not a priority, we will push consistently. Really, really good rally."
"We landed badly after a jump and our necks and backs are aching. We are not at our best."
"Very loose, it's all peas out there. Not easy, but what can we do."
"Absolutely beautiful stage. One of the nicest pieces of road i've ever driven. Pure pleasure."
"We're trying all sorts of things. We got some good information from this one, enjoying it."
"Very nice stage. We took it quite easy."
"It was very difficult for us. Not used to this road, it was a nice stage. We need to wake up."
Injured back on a landing
Engine cut off after a jump
"Generally the car is pretty okay. Can't say why we were faster, guess it's the local knowledge. We're using all of the road and a bit more."
"We did a mistake with the tyres, but it's a test and that's what the rally is about for us. It was nice."
"We're changing things every stage. Difficult to drive competitive when you're doing them for the first time, but enjoying the stages."
"Hard morning. Can't drive and can't listen to the pacenotes, it's all messed up. Gotta change the car and the mindset."
"I'm surprised how well it's holding (on the jumps). That is our plan: just to jump."
"Couple of jumps were really on the edge. On the limit on some corners."
"We've done some 8-9 jumps already and we are spending a lot of time in the air. We need some coffee."
"We need to wake up, it's still quite early. Mistakes on the jump landings."
Broken oil sump after a jump.
Landed on the nose of the car. Broken radiator.
"Quite okay. Not very happy with the flow, the time looks OK. We'll see, it's service now. Usually I win every morning stage, tough competition. Struggling, tough stages."
"Not in a good rhythm. Need to improve and learn. If you want to drive fast, you need to drive a lot."