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Safari Rally Kenya 2022

WRC #6WRC2 Open #6WRC2 Junior #6WRC2 Masters #6WRC3 Open #6Kenya #5
22. 6. – 26. 6. 2022, Naivasha • WRC Safari Rally Kenya • gravel 359.93 km • total distance including road sections - 1223.79 km • Other years

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SS19
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"I want to thank the team. Everybody did an incredible job after Portugal and Sardinia to develop the car so strong. It was a very tough weekend. Okay, we had issues, but the car was strong. This is Aaron's first podium and he has been such a big support."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"I hope my team-mates come through because it's extremely rough in there. Without the puncture it would have been different, but that's part of the game. Toyota Gazoo Racing has provided an amazingly strong car for the toughest three days of the season and I want to congratulate them."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I have not much to say. The situation is very obvious, so I am really disappointed. I am disappointed for our mechanics as well because they are working hard, but they don't get any return."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"It's been difficult and not the most enjoyable rally by any stretch of the imagination, but we did what we had to do. We were already out of the fight on Friday and we've been managing a couple of bits and pieces over the last two days."
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
"The last stage was very difficult with all the ruts, but we had a fantastic rally. It's really surprising to finish seventh with Sébastien Loeb behind me! Even in my dreams this would not be possible!"
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"For sure, it's much better than last year! Not really what I hoped for, but that's part of rallying. We have a lot of work to do for sure, but it was great to come to the finish. It's thanks to all the mechanics - without them nothing is possible. We have to push on and be flat-out from here."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"Today went well. We had a good feeling with the car. For sure, we are disappointed for what happened on the first day, but today the car was great and we tried to enjoy it."
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"Unfortunately we had some issues, but it's such a rough event and it's been difficult for the whole team. We have been enjoying it today, so that's the main thing."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"I am just glad to see the finish and grateful to be able to drive today. I might have been more of a hindrance than a help to the guys yesterday repairing the car, but at least we got to go again."
#20
flagKajetanowicz Kajetan - Szczepaniak Maciej
"We were pushing! It's like a dream and I don't want to wake up. This is the hardest WRC round and it's amazing to win. Thanks to all of my team - they did really good work and it's fantastic."
#22
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
"It's so incredible. What an amazing adventure! For sure, it was the hardest rally I've ever competed in and we're so grateful to be here. I was trying to keep Kajto honest in there but we had a pop-off valve issue going up the hill, so I don't think the time will be very interesting."
SS18
SS17
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"Difficult to feel competitive - it's quite rough in there with a lot of unknowns, so I was very careful."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"Quite rough, so I had to manage quite a lot. This one is more tricky than the next ones so it should be quite okay."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"We just have to go to the end. There is no reason to push - we have big gaps around - and we will try to enjoy the last kilometres."
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
"This one, I pushed more. I think I am at 95 per cent of full-speed. I like this stage because it's tricky, but there is a lot of fesh-fesh."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"An okay stage for us...let's go to the next one."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I can't figure it out. It's something very strange and I have no idea."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"We tried to push. The bad part from the beginning was out - it was quite rough still, but interesting to drive. We had some pleasure."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"I've been a bit ill this morning, but we're still here and the car is fine. All good."
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"We removed the bad part of the stage, so it's okay. For sure, the ground is really loose and the grip is really low. It was a clean stage for us and I enjoyed a lot to play with the car."
SS16
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"It's quite rough already. I just tried to avoid all the stones, but I think the Power Stage will be rough for the car and the tyres."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"I'm just taking it easy and looking after everything. It's quite rough in there, but all okay."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"Quite a nice stage. Some sections are always quite tricky, but nothing special to do today. I am trying to bring the car back without any damage."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"At this point, I am just thinking about points for the team. We will see, but it will be difficult in the second pass. It's a very destroyed stage."
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
"I didn't expect this! It's very, very loose and for the second pass it will be terrible."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"The road is already destroyed and it will be a very tough Power Stage on the second pass."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I felt like I had a puncture on the rear right, so I have some work to do."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"It was okay - no problems, that's the most important thing and we are here. The rhythm is correct."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"There is an opportunity for everything. It's so rough and anything can happen."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"We're an hour and 19 minutes off the lead... we're not in the fight. It's better than last year."
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"We were enjoying this morning. They were difficult stages actually, and the grip is really low with a lot of sand and fesh-fesh. It's really good to be driving today."
SS14
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"Horrible. The car was jumping all around and it was very rough in there, with lots of sand in the car. It's an interesting one!"
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"It's very difficult, so I am happy to get through there."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"It's a really bad stage. A lot of fesh-fesh, very rough and the visibility is zero. We could see nothing."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"That will be the worst stage of the rally in a couple of cars. I'm not sure if we will be able to do the second pass - I don't think any cars will get through it."
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"I am really surprised. It was already really rutted in the beginning with a lot of fesh-fesh coming into the vent. It will be challenging on the second pass."
SS13
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
Stopped to let Ogier pass him
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"I don't know even myself [how we did it]. We were basically off two tomes in the water - we couldn't keep the car in a straight line and I couldn't see anything. I am happy to be here."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"I had a puncture and it was a very tough stage! I was very careful when I saw Thierry stopped. Now the day is over I am a bit more relaxed, but it is a big day tomorrow so I will try to push."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It was awful. I can't see a lot because we have a windscreen washer issue. I'm obviously happy to be here but it was really slow."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"The engine stopped twice and I lost a lot of time. It doesn't matter - I am here and we are very lucky! That is one of the coolest things I have done in my life. Even if it was hell, it was cool!"
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"It's going to get faster, because it is just drying now. Some sections were very tricky and we are happy to be here."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"Not so pleasant! It's horrible and there's nothing to fight for. I am trying to go with zero risk."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"In a straight, suddenly the car fell down and it's maybe a steering arm or something. We had to do 15km like this and I had to go slowly to the finish. That's it."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
Puncture + damaged suspension
SS12
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"I couldn't really see anything, so it was difficult."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"In here you either try to take a hell of a lot of time or you lose everything. It's easy to do such a small mistake and get stuck, so I took it very easy. One corner you have a lot of grip and the next you have zero."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"It's not the most extreme! There is no grip at all, so you know you can have no speed at the end."
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
"Ice in Kenya?! It was fun - okay, the time is not good, but we managed it. For the last 5km we could have been in Sweden."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I have a small issue, but we should be able to carry on through. There shouldn't be any drama, but it's not ideal."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"It was terrible conditions. The grip is like zero, so I just tried to keep the car on the road and avoid mistakes. I went through!"
SS11
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"Much better. I did some changes and it's night and day compared to before. I need to protect my position now."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"In the bumpy section, I lost all the body work. I had a lot of understeer at the end and I couldn't drive faster because without the front, the car is lifting all the time."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"It's okay, but I had a strange feeling at the end like I have no power. I'm not sure if it's alright."
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
"Almost the same conditions as this morning, and we improved by 40 seconds! It's fantastic - maximum fun."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I'm sure I have a rear puncture. It was a really slow puncture going gradually and we slowed right down for the last 3km to make sure it didn't go off the bead."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"It was not too bad. I think we had to clean again after the last pass, but this stage was quite good."
SS10
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"What a crazy morning! I am so happy to be here. In the first stage I hit a rock and bent the arm and I had to fix it and it was okay. I am finally here, but. I saw Ott in there and that's not so good. I have to bring it home now for the team."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"We had an okay stage, but we are still struggling with the dust inside and I had a rear right puncture for the last 3km as well. We lost a bit of time in there, but we are here."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"It's about surviving. Like I have said, we have no fight around us. We are just trying to stay out of trouble and be safe."
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
"We had a good speed. We had a bit of a mistake in the water, but otherwise it was a good morning for us."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"It's a bit boring here. It's not like we've got nothing to fight for and we can go and play - we're still in the points, so I have to go carefully."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"The dust is coming in from the doors all the time. It's difficult to breathe and difficult to see!"
SS9
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"It seems that the team has done a good job, so we just have to trust that it will stay like this. We have to be careful too - we can not break the car and they are such conditions."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"This one was quite clear about what I should do in the rough sections, but it's still difficult."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It's a bit difficult in places. We were perhaps too careful in some of the tricky parts, but it's okay."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"It's not about pushing. We don't know how some places are affected and we are trying to learn."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"I had to try and fix the car. Something was bent after we hit a rock in the road on the previous stage. Nothing too severe, but I wanted to take my time to fix it properly."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
Retired after the stage end
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I struggled a bit in there. I had no good visibility with the [cracked] windscreen and it was difficult for me to see the rocks. The next stage will be a huge challenge."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"It's okay. At the moment we are just trying to stay out of trouble. We have no fight around us."
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
"That was one was very smooth and we had a clean run here. It was nice."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"It was horrible!"
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"Relatively okay, but there are a couple of tricky places with a lot of rocks. It only takes one of those to spell the end of your day."
SS8
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"The stage is okay, but I was confused with the pace notes and I did not know where I was going..."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It was okay, but it wasn't such a fantastic feeling - especially towards the end. There are still areas to improve for the next pass."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"No issues. The stage was okay and probably better than we expected. For now, it was a safe and clean run."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I enjoyed the stage, but I am struggling with the handling of the car and also the visibility. In a fast left, there was a tree and it touched the windscreen and broke it. It was not good at the end, but we are here."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"So far, so good. It's going to be a very long day. Already in this stage there were many rocks and you have to be careful in some sections."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"There was a rock in the middle of the road and I hit it with both wheels. I had a slow puncture for a long time, so it's not so good. We are just surviving."
#9
flagSerderidis Jourdan - Miclotte Frédéric
"Gus is okay - no problem for him. We couldn't see anything for a while after the water, but otherwise it was not so bad."
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"We got the puncture and changed it, and then in a rocky part it broke. We need to have a look, and hopefully we can fix it. I hope I wasn't disturbing Craig too much."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I did it yesterday to somebody else - it's difficult to know how much time you're losing and that's why we have all these trackers and cameras. Hopefully the FIA can do something."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"It was okay. A clean road and no big stones because I am the first car. It's quite slippery, but it was a nice stage."
SS7
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"I just had to nurse the car through and thankfully everything is all good. We can go again tomorrow and get some experience for the weekend."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It's so extreme. I was careful and I was sure it would be a car graveyard! From my side it was important ot try and get through. I lost a lot time with catching the dust in the hairpin."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"We had a lot of dust from Craig and in some corners I couldn't see anything. In a long straight Craig had stopped and there were big massive rocks everywhere, so I had to almost stop there. I think I lost a lot of time from this, so hopefully we can get something back."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"The car was full of dust from mid-stage. Visibility was very bad and we had a puncture on the last 5km. It was an interesting stage and we tried to survive, but with the dust it was very difficult."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"Overall the first two stages were quite nice, but this was tricky as expected. Everything should be fine with the air filter, but at the beginning I felt I had no power. After the dust and fesh-fesh we had no power at all, but I don't know why I felt like that at the beginning
SS6
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"This stage is not so rough, so it was much more enjoyable. We still have a lot of work to do with the car, but we did something now and it's the best I can do."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"So far it matches my expectations - when you are in the lead you can not expect more! We know it's a long weekend and it's all about the next one. We saw what happened this morning and for sure it's going to be a big challenge."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"We're just here to make sure the car is at the finish line. We're aware of the issues Adrien had and we need to make sure we get back to service this evening."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"Everything's fine with the car. It felt like a clean run, but obviously the time is not so good."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"This stage felt good with the car. I didn't push to the maximum, but the car is working well. We had no risks and no moments, so it's quite comfortable."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"All okay - no issues at all. It's difficult to find the balance of what's fast and what's not. Considering everything that's happening, a couple of seconds isn't going to make too much of a difference."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"This is a nice stage - I was having fun between the proper stages!"
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I am driving and trying to improve the car. I am not happy at all and I am fighting hard to at least be able to get some good times. There's not much more we can do at the moment."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"It's still pretty okay in this stage. This one is maybe the hardest base and it was a lot cleaner now. I am quite happy with everything, but I struggled a bit with the car under braking and I am trying to learn the new diff. Other than that, everything is good."
SS5
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"I don't know what to do. I think I am driving okay and then I am more than 1sec per km down. This is the roughest ride of my life!"
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"That's good. This stage was clean and I enjoyed the driving, but the rest of the loop will be tricky."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"We're quite a long way away now, so we're just trying to keep the car in one piece and get to the end."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It went soft about 7km from the end. I think we probably got away quite lightly with how much we lost, but it's not ideal."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"You can not say anything about the podium yet because it is still only day one! We had to manage it in some places, but compared to SS4 it was an enjoyable stage!"
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"Completely fine. I had a puncture alarm for about 7km or 8km which was a bit disturbing, but other than that it was okay."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"A clean stage - no worries. All is good."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I am struggling as well with the drivability of the engine. We are going to work on the settings and try to improve - that's the only thing we can do."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"I think there is a better clean line, so there was more grip. Some parts were a bit rough, but it wasn't too bad. Overall, quite an okay stage."
SS4
#34
flagWahome Maxine - Waigwa Murage
Stopped, continued
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
Neuville in the Media Zone: "Problems already in the start of the stage, I was losing power. We carried on, in the sandy part it got worse and in the end we had no power at all. My air filter box came loose and obviously all the sand went in."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
Stopped after the stage with fire coming from the engine bay. Tried to get to service on EV, but to no avail.
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"I did a really clean stage - I didn't make any mistakes so I am quite happy with my pace."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"I think it's from the sand. I took it very calm and very neat - there are so many big rocks. It's so annoying when you are trying to have a clean morning and it doesn't work anyway."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"I have no idea what drama is going on, but I had drama myself. I had no power at the end and it was very difficult to go through this stage."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"I was lost in my own dust! I had a hairpin and it was full of dust and I didn't know where to go! I had to wait and then go again. The end of the stage is rougher and rougher, so I am not sure we can get through on the second pass."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It's pretty extreme and I felt like I was definitely too much on the careful side, but it's difficult to know."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"I have never had this kind of feeling. I don't want to drive this stage anymore actually! It's too bad."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"Incredibly difficult. I can't imagine what the second pass will be like! The fesh-fesh section is new since last year, so maybe that's how we made up a bit of time there."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
Ott dropped a few seconds after getting caught in his own dust while exiting a tight corner. "That was the least of our problems! I think in the last part, soon they will start to get stuck because there is no road anymore. We just got through."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I have no power. Absolutely no power. I have no idea."
SS3
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"I was just careful in some places where the rocks are going. The cars in front are bringing big rocks into the middle of the stage, so I have to be careful."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"Very difficult and slippery. I am taking it easy, but I am not happy with the car. I can't find a good feeling and I am not confident. I just want to bring it home and we will see what the result is."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"A lot of rocks everywhere - I didn't expect so many rocks on this one. It looked a bit more clean in the recce."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"It was okay, but it felt slow going up the hills. I was too cautious at the beginning in the rough places."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"I had a good stage and I had the feeling that I didn't have a lot of power, but I think that's just the altitude and it is probably the same for everybody."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It was okay. Not the greatest run to be honest."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"I am very surprised the time is okay because I felt I was driving badly. The car is working well, so I think that's why we had a good time."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"It's Safari - you have to get through it. I struggled a little bit at the start and I didn't get a rhythm at all, but we had no problems and we're here."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"It was not good. The material is so soft, so it's just two gear changes and it's gone again. It will be a difficult long stage now."
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"I am struggling like hell. The car is not driveable in these conditions - with the cleaning I have no grip and it doesn't go where I want. The rally is long, so it's not so worrying to lose a few seconds here and there."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"The stage would be quite nice - it's really fast and flowing - but being first car is horrible. There is so much loose gravel and even on the straights the car is moving a lot."
SS2
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"I am happy. It was a nice stage for us and last year I also did a good time in this stage. It's not too rough so you can still push. We are enjoying the stages and the car is all good."
#2
flagSolberg Oliver - Edmondson Elliott
"I am taking it very easy, but I have something wrong with the car. On one side it's super hard - I don't know what happened. I think a lot can happen, so we just have to be smart."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"This one is not too bad. I think the worst is coming! I struggled a bit towards the end, but it was okay."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"Not as bad as I expected, but the second pass [conditions] will be bad. The first part was really good, but in the middle where it was really rough I struggled to find a rhythm."
#19
flagLoeb Sébastien - Galmiche Isabelle
"I just corrected a note and the next one was a tricky one, so I had it a bit late and touched a small tree. I have to check, but I don't think it's a big problem."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"It all felt quite okay. I was listening to the notes and staying in the middle of the road. It seems to be okay, but let's see."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"It wasn't so bad. I expected a trickier stage, but it's okay. I was a bit too careful, but I think in this rally that's the best way to go. I will try to continue like that."
#42
flagBreen Craig - Nagle Paul
"I felt like I was stopped! It's so difficult to know what's slow, and what's very slow! Zero risk - it's cleaning a lot - but I'm happy with my run."
#8
flagTänak Ott - Järveoja Martin
"We have an automatic gearbox now!"
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"It wasn't a great experience. I am struggling with traction and a lot of wheelspin. I had a problem with my gear shift - it was really harsh. Not a perfect stage, but it's going to be very bumpy here in the second pass."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"Pretty okay - nothing special really. Quite slippery, especially the narrow part in the middle. There is a lot of cleaning."
SS1
#11
flagNeuville Thierry - Wydaeghe Martijn
"The real rally starts tomorrow and it's going to be a tough one. We need to find a good rhythm, but at least we were able to kick off the rally with a clean and good run. Tomorrow is a different story."
#69
flagRovanperä Kalle - Halttunen Jonne
"It was a bit on the limit under braking! Nothing really happened, but we had a puncture. That was a big shame, but it's a long rally and hopefully we didn't lose too much there. Let's try to focus on the weekend now."
#18
flagKatsuta Takamoto - Johnston Aaron
"It's not a performance rally - it's a proper challenge. With these cars it will be some challenge."
#1
flagOgier Sébastien - Veillas Benjamin
"It's very colourful here and the people in this country give us amazing support. The challenge is big. It's not the kind of rally I usually love because it's going to be really rough, but we will try to survive it."
#33
flagEvans Elfyn - Martin Scott
"They're all important. There's no one that's less important than the other, but this weekend is a bit different. The challenge is different and, of course, we like challenges, but there are also a few unknowns as well."
#44
flagGreensmith Gus - Andersson Jonas
"It's okay. I was quite wide in a lot of places and it's very slippery. For sure, there's a lot of cleaning in a lot of places so it will get quicker."
#16
flagFourmaux Adrien - Coria Alexandre
"The plan is a bit like last year. I know it will be a rough event and I have to manage the car on the tricky sections, but also push in the other areas. This stage was really slippery and not what I expected, but it was still really nice to drive."
#20
flagKajetanowicz Kajetan - Szczepaniak Maciej
"It's a big challenge. This one was short and nice - I was braking because of dust from Prokop's car. It's not a bad start and we are happy to be here. We need to keep our concentration because it's absolutely important here."
#22
flagJohnston Sean - Kihurani Alexander
"For us, this is a dream come true. It's a classic and legendary event and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to be here. It's great to see so many fans out here and we can't wait to get this thing kicked off."
#32
flagKimathi McRae - Kioni Mwangi
"I am very excited, especially now I am rallying at home. It's a real pleasure and I am just so happy to be back. It's going to be a big challenge - of course we have big ruts to deal with. The trick is to be clean and to get to the end without problems."
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