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Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox 2021

WRC #2WRC 2 #2WRC 3 #2
26. 2. – 28. 2. 2021, Rovaniemi • AKK Sports Ltd. • snow - ice 251.08 km • total distance including road sections - 856.05 km • Other years

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SS10
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"First, when you come to a new event it's always a bit unexpected. This weekend, we came to the home country of Toyota and we expected them to be very strong. The pressure was there and we knew it was going to be very complicated to take the fight. In the end we did a very good weekend - nothing too much, only one mistake yesterday. It's an amazing place - definitely one of the best places to have a winter rally, especially yesterday, it was so demanding. I think to come back here a second time would be much more enjoyable, especially when you know where you are going!"
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"For sure, this weekend I wanted to fight for the top place and I made a mistake and we were not on the optimal pace. I was pushing the whole weekend, maximum all the time. It was a great weekend from my side and Jonne's side, we did everything we could and we are happy to get P2 here.
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I had a good stage, but obviously Craig did as well! I lost the front tyres a little towards the end. I am satisfied with my weekend, especially considering some of our issues. We can't forget that we started third on the road."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I didn't think it was great - I just tried to clean up bits and pieces where I was untidy before. I have to say thanks to the engineers, they gave me some info on bits I was doing wrong. It was really hard mentally for me this weekend. After delivering so much in Estonia, the goalposts moved suddenly and you just want to deliver a win."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It seemed quite slippery towards the end. I felt like I had a good clean run - that's a good time from Seb! It's not been the weekend we wanted. Okay, good speed at times but not what we wanted for sure."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"I don't know when I am going to drive it next so I thought I will just go for it. I lost sixth place - I am sorry, but I tried!"
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"For me, when conditions are consistent I feel quite confident, but if it's like this with a lot of ruts I feel less confident. Okay, I am happy with this weekend and thank you to the team."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"I watched the onboard from my first run and found a few places I could go faster. I really hoped that we did it, but still we are quite a bit behind Ogier."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"Generally the driving was getting a bit better. Some things were improved, but there's still a lot to work on."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"The last section was too much cleaning still, so it won't be enough to make a good time. I couldn't do more than that - that's the way it is, until the next one. It's a beautiful place to rally here. Of course when you're first on the road it's not the same story, but that's the WRC game."
#7
flagLoubet Pierre-Louis - Landais Vincent
"In the last corner, we have an issue with the engine and I was looking at the dashboard. A difficult weekend."
#37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Scattolin Simone
"This stage was nice - the last part was quite tricky with a lot of ruts. I enjoyed being here again, let's see if we can do some more this year."
SS9
#30
flagAsunmaa Teemu - Salminen Marko
“It didn't start very well. We hit the snowbanks and went too early to the corners. Some places went quite right.”
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
“Morning. I had a big moment in the first corner and lost some confidence. It was one of the best stages ever. The rhythm is fun. Amazing.”
#28
flagLinnamäe Georg - Korsia Volodymyr
“It was okay. We corrected some pacenotes too much so it’s a bit negative. We’ll watch the videos and hope to make the right corrections now.’’
#27
flagGryazin Nikolay - Aleksandrov Konstantin
“Perfect. It’s so nice. It’s f****** good. I wasn’t pushing too much. But it was just awesome. The stage was so flowy. I enjoyed it.’’
#26
flagVeiby Ole Christian - Andersson Jonas
“I have a lot of time to catch. I really tried. Otherwise, I couldn’t do so much more than this.’’
#23
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
“I wasn’t driving well and you can see it in the time. It was very frustrating. Not a nice way to start the day. We’ll try to go better in the Power Stage.
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“This is the best thing you can do even without the clothes on. It’s so good fun. So good fun.’’
#20
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"What an amazing stage - I wish I could be really flat out! We are so far behind Lappi so we just went in cruise mode."
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
"I don't know how to describe it for people who haven't driven a rally car. It feels so great and the conditions are so good on the first pass."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"It's easier to just think about the driving and not the gaps. Let's see - the next time through is more important."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"I was not so good in there. It has been quite difficult this weekend - the pace is not what it should be and I am struggling in many places with the car. We will fight back on the last one."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I don't know To be honest, we did a good stage but my pace notes were a bit slow. It's really tricky to commit to the pace notes so I was maybe a bit careful, but I tried my best."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I wish I could pay back the guys the right way - they did an amazing job this morning and I didn't deliver for them."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It's a fast stage, that's for sure. For me, the grip at the start was really surprising and much higher. I was probably a bit too careful at the start, but we adapted and were able to find some good pace."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"I was way too careful in the beginning. In the middle I could get loose and get the feeling again. We just enjoyed it and we will see what we can do in the Power Stage."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"Yeah - a clean run. Conditions are very nice and I enjoyed a lot. In some places I was a bit careful because some snow has changed since the recce. I will push hard in the Power Stage."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"I had a pretty good feeling - a couple of moments but that's it. I am doing my best and that's all I can do."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"Not very good then. I think my pace notes were a long way out for this stage. Sometimes too fast, sometimes too slow, so we need to have a look at them and change them."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"What else can I do? We will give everything we have to try and catch some points, but if we get some [points] it will not be many I think."
#7
flagLoubet Pierre-Louis - Landais Vincent
"It was nice. The grip was much high than yesterday, I don't know if it's because I was opening the road. The feeling was nice."
#37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Scattolin Simone
"It was a fantastic stage - I didn't have any lines to follow but I enjoyed it. It was not a perfect run for me but I'm happy to be here - it's a shame about yesterday."
SS8
#30
flagAsunmaa Teemu - Salminen Marko
“We had a strategy. There is a lot of snow. We planned not to do anything stupid on this last stage.”
#27
flagGryazin Nikolay - Aleksandrov Konstantin
“It was a quite okay day for me, nothing special. I made a small mistake. For this stage we tried to get an okay result.’’
#26
flagVeiby Ole Christian - Andersson Jonas
“Today it has been a real challenge. This one was really bad for the tyres, I had to slow down a lot because there was no grip and I didn’t want to do any mistakes. We want to catch Eyvind Brynildsen in the front. We need to go fast tomorrow.”
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
“It is nice, it is just too pretty long for the tyres. After 10 kilometres it became very tricky and challenging. It is the same for everyone. I was too wide on one left turn and stuck for a while. The tyres are pretty done.”
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“It’s been a fantastic day, actually every day in a rally car is the best day. We are satisfied with our fourth place in our class at the moment. We are trying to keep up the good pace. In overall it’s a good day.”
#20
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
“It was okay. I was very careful towards the end. I didn’t need to push because we had a good gap.’’
#38
flagKaur Egon - Simm Silver
"It was okay, snow is really tricky and it started snowing. Visibility is not so great. Trying to get back some time but we are losing some. Let's see tomorrow now."
#23
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
"Wooh! Studs are wobbly! Few too many interactions with the snowbanks in this one. Incredibly fun, amazing to drive this stage at night. Feeling a lot more comfortable."
#28
flagLinnamäe Georg - Korsia Volodymyr
"We were sideways on the road and couldn't get out just near the finish."
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
"Very nice, enjoyable day. Very nice conditions. Not so fast, but a lot of learning for us with the new car. Racing in Finland is always great, I like everything. In the summer it's more crazy but in these conditions it's amazing."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"It went to plan. The tyres were quite tired, so it was important to get here without any mistakes."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"Last real corner - we went a little bit too sideways and caught the bank. It's a shame, but it's a weekend to forget."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"It's so frustrating for me. We needed to bring our top game here and I'm not really bringing it today. I tried to use what I know with my little experience but it's not easy for sure."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"I think Thierry made the right choice with the tyres. It was really clever from him, I have to say. Tomorrow we have to push and we will see what we can do."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"It was a really good stage. The car was working really nice and I tried to save my tyres throughout the whole stage. It was a very clean run and the communication is better, but we can still improve."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"The grip was very low towards the end and I was too careful, I didn't take enough chances. That's how it is but we're still here."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"The stage before, we started to have a lot of movement on the tyres. Now we fit some new tyres to the front - I still believe this one was quite okay."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"It's a very tricky corner. I lost my glasses, so I think I drove faster because I couldn't see!"
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"It's been tricky this afternoon just getting the car to do what I want it to do. Whatever we tried just didn't seem to work. It's still pretty special."
#12
flagTuohino Janne - Hämäläinen Reeta
"It's nice to drive - I really enjoyed. I made a small mistake on one junction - we had to use the handbrake and hit the rear on the snow bank."
SS7
#30
flagAsunmaa Teemu - Salminen Marko
“I should have pushed more. I need to have more speed for the last stage. It has been difficult. I had to do a lot of work. I’m surprised how fast the others drove.”
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
“It was a very nice and smooth stage. A lot of gravel on the road, we should improve the time. The stage was nice for us.’’
#27
flagGryazin Nikolay - Aleksandrov Konstantin
“I hit a snowbank and as a result of that we lost power. We lost a lot on this stage.”
#26
flagVeiby Ole Christian - Andersson Jonas
“It’s been a difficult day for sure and it is super-tough for the tyres now. But it’s really fast and enjoyable. We struggled a little bit. We’ve been improving a bit on the second loop. Let’s see what we can do on the last stage.”
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
“It’s a very good Saturday. It felt like someone had gone and made it very slippery on purpose. Now was more normal than before. Now it was nice again. Let’s try and focus and keep a good rhythm. I don’t have any other choices.”
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“I tried on this one. It’s really difficult when you have to take care of the tyres. Lappi is doing a very, very good job, it is hard to keep up.”
#20
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
“That was okay for us, a clean stage, we tried to save the tyres for the last stage. We have a good gap now. Esapekka [Lappi] is hard to catch. We are happy where we are.’’
#38
flagKaur Egon - Simm Silver
"Maybe not the best one for us, could have been better. Still one more to go, we need to see about the tyres and see how we can finish the day."
#23
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
"Much better feeling in the afternoon, big steps in commitment. Very fun stage, amazing."
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
"A lot of gravel on the road!"
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"I was really worried about the last stage, so I used the worst tyres just so we could get through. The last one will be really important now."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I'm trying my best - I really tried to do a good job and manage it."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"Maybe the other guys are being clever and saving their tyres! We took a small gamble with the tyres and put them on crossed."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"It went okay. I had a very clean and smooth run trying to save my tyres and it was working well. I am feeling comfortable in the car and our communication is working better as well."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"Who knows - we'll find out in the next one. For sure, there was some movement near the end but it wasn't quite as hard on the tyres as the previous one."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"The conditions are really tricky. There's a clean line, but also a lot of messy snow outside of the lines. It's hard to go flat out and look after the tyres. Let's see what we can do when we get the fresh tyres."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"I am really disappointed that I couldn't be at maximum attack but the time is okay. The next one will be even trickier."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"I was quite angry but okay, it was good learning. It's a shame but that's how it is."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"I didn't really push in this one - I was trying to save my tyres for the last stage."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"The track is quite wide and there's a lot of fresh snow and gravel everywhere, I think it will clean quite a bit."
#12
flagTuohino Janne - Hämäläinen Reeta
"For me, it's hard to drive in narrow gravel lines. I don't have the guts to push - I'm getting old!"
#7
flagLoubet Pierre-Louis - Landais Vincent
Retired after SS6 due engine issues.
SS6
#30
flagAsunmaa Teemu - Salminen Marko
“The stage was rough. The tyres may be broken due to the amount of gravel but rally is rally. There was a lot of gravel.”
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
“There was a lot of gravel and stones on the road. I was afraid that I got a puncture, and because of that I tried to drive carefully. The conditions have changed a lot compared to the morning.”
#28
flagLinnamäe Georg - Korsia Volodymyr
“It was okay, we didn’t manage to save our tyres well, in the end we didn’t have much grip. We are here to learn and to get some kilometres. We’re having fun.”
#27
flagGryazin Nikolay - Aleksandrov Konstantin
“They were quite slippery conditions on the road. We went wide on one corner.”
#26
flagVeiby Ole Christian - Andersson Jonas
“This stage was so demanding for the tyres. In the last 10 kilometres I had to slow down so, so much. It was so challenging. Nothing what we can do about it.”
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
“It was the worst stage so far. I pushed hard. The road is in a good condition but there is gravel in some places. The studs are falling out, but I cannot do anything about it. In the morning the road was a lot better.”
#23
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
“That was a much better stage, we did another big set-up change. These tyres are dead, we’ll see how the studs are.”
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“It was a difficult stage, I was struggling with the front tyres and I was losing a lot of time on the last split. I have no clue how the other guys solved the tyre problem, I couldn’t.”
#12
flagTuohino Janne - Hämäläinen Reeta
“The stage was a little bit more rough now, I was struggling to get the car to turn, so it was not that good but we tried our best. We did some changes, but we had tricky conditions as well.”
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"It's so difficult - we were just trying to come through as smooth as possible but I'm sure it's very hard for tyre wear."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I just lost all the studs at the end. I really tried to give it a go, but I've completely killed the front tyres."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"It seems that the balance is better with the car now. The condition is really rough and the front tyres are really worn out. We still have two more to go and I think it's going to be quite a tough loop."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"Maybe I did a little too much on the tyres. I felt them going suddenly and we didn't experience that at all in the testing. We will try to manage for the next stages."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"Very difficult - the grip at the end was so low, I had nothing at all. Tricky."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"The stage was quite messy - a lot of loose snow and no grip at all. I think the cars behind will be coming faster."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"Conditions are very tricky. We got stuck in a snow bank once - luckily we got out quite quickly but we lost some time."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"Difficult! It's the most difificult thing I have ever done in my life. Sideways everywhere, snow bank into snow bank! I tried to take care of my tyres at the beginning but it was very difficult."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"I tried, but I'm afraid the times will improve because it's pretty loose on the second loop. My tyres were really destroyed at the end, so I think it will be a difficult loop for tyres."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"The car is lethal to drive. I took a second spare wheel in it and we're having massive moments for absolutely no reason!"
#7
flagLoubet Pierre-Louis - Landais Vincent
"I don't know. We have no engine - it's like we are in road mode."
#12
flagTuohino Janne - Hämäläinen Reeta
"It's okay - a little rough. We had to drive behind Loubet for some time and he had to wait for a place to let us overtake him."
SS5
#30
flagAsunmaa Teemu - Salminen Marko
“The feeling was quite okay. I could not get myself in order to perform. I should try more but the grooves are in the way.”
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
“It is a very nice and a fast stage. The grip was so good, I was struggling still a bit with the speed. I did not trust the car. It was a really nice and enjoyable stage.”
#28
flagLinnamäe Georg - Korsia Volodymyr
“This was a really fun one. In the morning loop I made some mistakes again and got stuck for a long time. We’re here to learn.”
#27
flagGryazin Nikolay - Aleksandrov Konstantin
“Not easy to have the good speed like the other guys but the stage was really nice. The movement and the pacenotes was really good but for sure we need to improve to find the time. But the rest was okay.”
#26
flagVeiby Ole Christian - Andersson Jonas
“It was quite nice and really fast. I was more on the pace. We have a lot of work to do. Let’s see if we can improve.’’
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
“So far we’ve been better than the others, definitely. The gaps are not huge, well in overall, we have a big lead but still we can’t do any mistake. It’s been very good so far. It was very beautiful [stage], so cool and the conditions are really nice. It’s still icy so you can really trust for the tyres and you don’t need to be scared that the studs will fall down. Very enjoyable.”
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“It is such a gorgeous stage, so much fun. We are trying things with the set-up, we will make big changes in the afternoon service. It was one of the most enjoyable stages I have ever driven.’’
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“It was such a fast stage, we are not that far away. I am happy, but Lappi is absolutely so fast, in fact we can’t get him. We are competing with Veiby and Fourmaux now.”
#21
flagFourmaux Adrien - Jamoul Renaud
“It’s really nice to drive. There was a lot of speed. I’m enjoying it. Let’s see. I’m trying different driving styles
#20
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
"I tried to push as hard as I could. I have to use the handbrake a bit to commit more, but if I push any more I will be really on the limit. I don't have much more to give."
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
"The gaps are not huge - we have a big lead, but we can't make any mistakes. It's been very good so far."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"We did some changes before, and the car was behaving very nice. It's so difficult to find the confidence, but if you know this stage then it's one of the best."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"Luckily we got out! For some reason it was really slippery, but we need to improve."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I struggled to clearly understand the notes. I tried to be focussed and do my job - we did the best we could this morning."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It was very fast and it's difficult when it's like that - sometimes I felt I was too slow and other times quite a bit too fast. In some places I thought I was too sideways, but at least I was able to carry the speed."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"I was enjoying a lot on the stage. I was happy with what we did - my job is to push my car to the limits and I am really trying to do it."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"This stage was quite tricky. I really didn't like my driving so I will try and improve next time in the dark. On many corners I was not so confident."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"It was a proper stage! That was the best stage today - I pushed hard in many places but then I was too careful in others. The time is not bad, so I'm happy."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"Better than yesterday, but everything we lost yesterday will be difficult to catch. This one was okay, a little bit of snow on the road."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"That felt like the worst stage of the day - I couldn't seem to find a rhythm and I made some mistakes in a few places."
#12
flagTuohino Janne - Hämäläinen Reeta
"It's fun. I can not check the times because my times are rubbish, but what can I do?"
SS4
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
“It’s okay, a bit slower than yesterday and more difficult for us. But the car is fantastic though.”
#26
flagVeiby Ole Christian - Andersson Jonas
“It was a fast stage. I struggled so much with the grip. I am losing the car in the middle of the corner. It was a bit frustrating. Not so much more I can do.”
#23
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
“[Georg] Linnamäe is stuck in a snowbank and we lost a bit time in that. He is not totally blocking the road but we still lost some time. I’m not so happy.”
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“It is a really fast stage, I pushed as much as I could. The battle will be with Fourmaux.”
#21
flagFourmaux Adrien - Jamoul Renaud
“It is a really nice stage to drive, really fast.”
#20
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
“A beautiful, amazing stage. I really enjoyed that one. I’m trying as hard as I can but I can’t do more than this.”
#27
flagGryazin Nikolay - Aleksandrov Konstantin
"It's nice to have a team-mate like Lappi. The stage was okay, in the last part I was losing a bit but I was trying to be a bit more gentle and stay on the line."
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
"Rallying doesn't really get better than this. We have great conditions, fast roads and big banks! I can't complain."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"I couldn't activate the wipers, so I couldn't see anything! It was good to get out!"
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I thought I did a good stage. I tried to tidy it up in a few places, but honestly, there's not much more I can do."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"There are so many seconds I should be able to take away, but at this stage I can not. I don't have the feeling with the car and it's not doing what I want, so in many places I just lose the car and the line. We have to see what we can do."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"We are missing corners - like sixth gear, long uphills, I am flat out. We can't make a difference. There are no corners to make a difference."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"We have some struggles. We are working on it, but it's not easy - I have to be very concentrated. Not a good stage for us to be honest."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It's a fast stage, for sure some places could have been better still, but when it's so fast you have to make sure your notes are right first. All okay."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"Quite a nice stage. I was a little bit hesistant on some corners so I lost a few seconds from that. The stages are so amazing, I like them a lot. On the next run I will really push a lot and try to be much faster."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"It was a terrible drive. I couldn't find the confidence on the very fast stuff, it needs such commitment and I was too cautious. I'm learning, so I'm happy."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"I am on the limit - I am happy with my stage. Let's see if the time is good or not."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"That's up there with one of the best stages I have ever driven - it's something really special to drive one of these cars in there. Feeling pretty lucky!"
#12
flagTuohino Janne - Hämäläinen Reeta
"This is a very nice stage. I really enjoyed, but it looks like the youngsters are flying! I am enjoying for sure."
#7
flagLoubet Pierre-Louis - Landais Vincent
"It was amazing. Very nice and enjoyable. I tried to do my best, even if we are first on the road, it is not so bad."
SS3
#31
flagLindholm Emil - Korhonen Mikael
“The stage varies a lot with a lot of grooves. It was better than yesterday. A good stage for the morning but I lost some seconds.”
#30
flagAsunmaa Teemu - Salminen Marko
“The stage was very narrow and slippery in parts but it was okay. I don’t know why it is not going so well. The sun is shining but the helmet visor helps.”
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
“It was a very difficult and very technical stage. It wasn’t easy to manage the car and the corners, superslippery and narrow and a loss of grip. The day is very beautiful.’’
#27
flagGryazin Nikolay - Aleksandrov Konstantin
“It was quite a difficult stage and from the middle of the stage we had no grip. But the first part wasn’t that bad.”
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
“It was really slippery. I lost a lot of time in the end. We are missing a lot of grip in the car. I don’t know what to do.”
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
“It went quite well. It wasn't that clean as I thought and I went to the snowbank as well. I lost four or five seconds due to a mistake. I tried to drive calmly and we will have to see how fast the others will go.”
#23
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
“After the mistake yesterday, I had nothing to lose. It was a difficult stage. These roads are absolutely gorgeous. This will be an interesting loop. I’m enjoying the driving.”
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“We have such perfect weather. The stage is perfect. I lost some power towards the end after I hit a snowbank.”
#20
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
“I didn’t succeed to find the pace in the beginning of the stage. There was a lot of loose snow, we are here to improve and try different things.”
#20
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
“It was okay, I tried to push as hard as I could. I tried my best.”
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"This morning I was pushing quite hard and sometimes hitting the banks. It's difficult, far back the ice is already in some lines and it's changing a lot."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"A lot of mistakes. I was in several snow banks and we should have been left stuck in them. I was expecting the grip to be much higher - I tried to do the best I could but it's not good enough."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"It was not good. We changed the setup from yesterday and it didn't really get any better. I am struggling with the balance, I have a lot of understeer and I can not be on the pace I want."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"It was an okay stage, but I can't understand. We made some changes to the intercom system and it doesn't work - I misheard some words and I am hesitating too much."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"I struggled a bit in places but I can't really put my finger on why. We were hoping for a little bit more."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"We are having good rhythm in slow places, but we can't drive fast on the straights. We are giving everything and it's a good fight with Taka."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"I lost quite a lot. I think I was too careful on the icy sections so that's one reason. It's fine."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"It's amazing. It felt quite good, but I couldn't find the rhythm at the beginning, it was so difficult and narrow. One I found the rhythm it was good."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"I tried to drive as fast as I can. I'm not sure, it was not so easy, but let's see how the times are developing. I can not say - for sure, it's very slippery out there."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"I felt like I was losing a lot of traction on the exit of corners so maybe we will make some tweakes - for me, it felt like a smooth stage."
#12
flagTuohino Janne - Hämäläinen Reeta
"The weather is beautiful. The beginning was a little bit difficult to try and find the confidence, but by the end it was better."
#7
flagLoubet Pierre-Louis - Landais Vincent
"It was nice. I tried to do my best - it was slippery in some parts, but I was trying to stay on the line and we just have to take experience and try to go fast."
#37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Scattolin Simone
Spun and stuck in snow bank
SS2
#32
flagHeikkilä Mikko - Luhtinen Topi
“It was a little bit better than the previous stage because we didn’t have a spin. But the tyres were wearing out. Hopefully tomorrow can be a bit better.”
#31
flagLindholm Emil - Korhonen Mikael
“It was quite okay but it was rougher than anyone of us expected. Apparently we are leading our class, so I am happy with that.”
#30
flagAsunmaa Teemu - Salminen Marko
“There was a lot of gravel on the road. I tried to save my tyres but drove some sections totally flat out and some quite carefully. It was an okay stage and result in overall is good.”
#28
flagLinnamäe Georg - Korsia Volodymyr
“It wasn’t very great, we wasted our tyres. In the end we didn’t have a lot of grip. I had to slow down in the end of the stage.”
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
“There are some problems with the car.”
#24
flagHuttunen Jari - Lukka Mikko
“This stage kills the tyres so I just tried to drive smart. I can push more, but at the moment I don’t think I need to. We’re having a good speed. Maybe in my opinion but this is one of the most difficult stages of this rally.”
#23
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
“It is crazy to drive here. We got stuck in the snowbank, but we got out. We’re here to learn, this was the mistake which I did today. But it is so much fun to drive these stages in the night.”
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“I was flat out but we lost grip towards the end of the stage.”
#21
flagFourmaux Adrien - Jamoul Renaud
“I have to push a bit less because our front tyres are gone. We try to keep the same gap as in the morning. It was quite an okay stage.”
#37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Scattolin Simone
“It was a very difficult stage butt we managed quite well still. We got a bit stuck in the snowbanks and lost time, we gotta push more.”
#37
flagBertelli Lorenzo - Scattolin Simone
“I mean I am happy to be back, but the road is very slippery though. The first part was nice, I am really looking for tomorrow.”
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"It's very difficult in the dark because you're fully sideways and you don't know what you are going to hit! I am really starting to understand everything now, so it was very enjoyable and great to drive on this stage."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"Shocking. The last 3km were a huge surprise to me. I was missing the front in a few places and I really wasn't trying to protect them because I didn't think I would be losing studs."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"I was on my limit. The rhythm felt quite good, it was difficult conditions to drive clean but still go fast. I'm happy for my driving."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"I tried to be very nice to the tyres at the beginning and after 10km I thought - the tyres were finished - and I knew there was still 20km to go. In the end it was just handbrake. I tried to be as nice as possible, but it was difficult, it's just such a hard surface."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"Pretty god damn good! In the dark, it's just relying on the notes and it was much better than the first one. We gave away so much time on the first stage which was disappointing, but at least it's good now."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"It's very challenging. On a lot of crests you can not see ahead, which makes it more scary for you! At the end of the stage we had a puncture so I had to slow down. We survived this tricky stage so I am happy!"
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"Not good. The stage is in really bad condition with a lot of gravel, so my front tyres are completely gone and I lost a lot of time at the end. If somebody can manage their tyres really good, they will be really quick."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"In the conditions, I am quite satisfied. I had a lot of understeer towards the end and I thought I had a puncture so I took a lot of speed off."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"Not easy, especially towards the end with a lot of loose snow. It was often quite difficult to get the car turned in, but we tried."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"It's a different story but the time difference will be the same. I did what I could but it was quite difficult. We'll see what we can do tomororw, but it looks like we will be quite far away already."
SS1
#32
flagHeikkilä Mikko - Luhtinen Topi
“At one cross-roads I was slowing down went too far into the junction. There were no further problems but it was slippery.”
#31
flagLindholm Emil - Korhonen Mikael
“The stage was in a bad condition because there was holes in the road. We must see what we do with the car.”
#30
flagAsunmaa Teemu - Salminen Marko
It was very difficult and we did not succeed as we wanted to. I was too nervous but I will try to relax and make a better time later.”
#29
flagProkop Martin - Ernst Michal
“It was difficult because the feeling on the first part was nice but in the second part there was a lot of gravel. But a very nice stage.”
#28
flagLinnamäe Georg - Korsia Volodymyr
“We missed a junction. We also hit a bank and spun on the stage and lost time.”
#25
flagLappi Esapekka - Ferm Janne
“It was fine, completely different from the shakedown, super-tricky. A lot of loose snow. I tried to drive quite safely in the grooves.”
#23
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
“We’ve got some weird sound coming from the front brakes. I had a good rhythm in the beginning, then we fell off a bit.”
#22
flagBrynildsen Eyvind - Gulbæk Engan Veronica
“It feels so great to be here and I’m really happy for my time. It’s the best thing you can do with the clothing on.’’
#21
flagFourmaux Adrien - Jamoul Renaud
“It was really nice stage. It was very good and enjoyable. We need to improve the time.’’
#20
flagMikkelsen Andreas - Fløene Ola
“It was okay, my tyres were going off towards the end. But it was a clean stage with no other issues.”
#26
flagVeiby Ole Christian - Andersson Jonas
"Throttle issue from the start of SS1, but pushing on for the next stage!"
#7
flagLoubet Pierre-Louis - Landais Vincent
"It's not so bad - we will see! I was very careful in some parts with the the tyres. It's better than the ice in Monte!"
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Marshall Sebastian
"It's very tricky and my front tyres are finished! Not so good, but very enjoyable anyway. I had to stop and reverse and lost around 10sec, but okay, I am learning!"
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"In this big boys game you have to be on it from the first pass but I was way too slow."
#3
flagSuninen Teemu - Markkula Mikko
"Quite nice conditions - I haven't seen better conditions than we are having now."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"It's hard to say it's perfect, there is still quite a lot of understeer. It's a very demanding stage and the conditions were nice. For sure it's enjoyable, but it's only the first stage and there's a long way to go."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Edmondson Elliott
"It was really enjoyable. Some places I had a good rhythm but then in others I wouldn't. I was hoping for a bit better than that, we'll try and do better."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Barritt Daniel
"Grip is getting worse at the end. Some corners I had very good grip - it's very difficult to judge."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"I was stuck in the snow bank for a while. I just came into a junction and I just went wide and hit the rear. The time is not that bad, but we can not have mistakes like that again."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"There is a lot of cleaning and a lot of fresh snow. I was already getting some benefit from the lines. We were looking to find a good rhythm and it didn't work all the time. It won't be enough for the guys behind, that's for sure."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"The grip deteriorated and got more loose towards the end. You feel like in some places you can go faster, but in other places it's naturally more on the limit. It's difficult to find the balance in these conditions."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Ingrassia Julien
"It was quite soft conditions with the snow. Unfortunately I don't think I will have a great time. I am happy with my driving - I drove much better than this morning on the shakedown."
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