Portugal 2RM only counts until SS9.
"Sorry for Heikkila - we wanted to try and overcome those 2.8 seconds. But we're happy, very happy."
"No idea, it's easy to have a puncture, there's so many stones out there. Suddenly I'm sure we have a puncture. Even crying doesn't help - thanks for team, the team work very well. I'm happy with the rally. The Michelin tyres are nice. It is what it is."
"I think considering we have a new car and we didnt get much testing it's okay, I wish we could've been closer to the frontrunners but I just couldn't match them all week."
"I'm glad we are starting the season early, for sure I'm dropping the speed in tougher conditions, today I was maybe not confident enough, but it's a good start to a new car."
"Thanks to all my teams, to my tyres as well. We don't have any problems with the dust! Many thanks to everybody. Really perfect, our best result on gravel definitely. Perfect!"
"We have been struggling a lot with the car. Ner car doesn't mean best car. I want to thank everybody that's here, all my sponsors and my team."
"Two second corner, too much spin. Amazing stage, big jump is very nice."
"It's been nice. I was careful there with the puncture again, I enjoyed it though, great car and team did a fantastic job. There's some great events I'd love to do in ERC but we'll see."
"At the end without the possibility to see, a really big stone was exactly in the line."
"For us it was only way to push the stage to get some points, but overall I'm really happy with the tyres. Good car, best tyres, best team, best co-driver. It looks like the battles will be really nice and enjoyable!"
"First rally in this car, first rally with this team. Amazing! Very tough during this weekend, but very happy to make it through and increase my speed and confidence this weekend. I'm very grateful to everyone that got my here, my team, my sponsors and my co-driver!"
"For sure it's not an easy weekend for us, but it's a good experience, at the beginning of the week everything was new for the team and us. I want to say thank you to my team, they did an incredibly good job during the winter break, thank you, I love you!"
"Feel very good, very happy, excellent result for my championship, we had good fun in this stage."
"It feels great to be here - it's a good event, it's been a tough week. Good experience for us and the team."
"Finally happy to be in the finish, of course not the speed we expected and are hoping for, but we improved a bit. Was always a bit tricky because we need the car for next week in the championship, but thank you to the team and the Michelin tyres. Let's see what we can achieve in the Canarias."
"It's been a tough event, didn't have too much competition in ERC3, but been trying to set a good time and set a good rhythm. Big thank you to M-Sport Poland for the opportunity. We've enjoyed the jumps!"
"For sure we are very happy, I would like to thank my team for repairing the car after yesterday, this rally was good for us and in this stage I tried to show that I'd learnt something this weekend, hopefully next time I'll be stronger."
"This is a surprise for me, but it is what it is and we will fight for sure. Go as fast as I can and avoid the mistakes in the power stage."
"I cannot do more, so. At the end I cannot be disappointed because I don't leave any time in there. I do my best but it's not perfect."
"Last four corners, for sure we lost some time there."
"Yeah I think the changes we made make a lot of sense on this kind of road."
"It's getting quite close actually. we had a good stage, nice and clean. It's all gonna come down to the final stage. Just playing it on a stage by stage basis. Loving this car at the moment though, big step up from where we were last year."
"We will improve a lot for the power stage, I am not so confident though. Car is working good, we need to find the setup though to help me and Szymon more. Now we need to read through the notes to be in a good position for the Power Stage."
"As we know, we have no spare tyre, but we are here and I am happy."
"It's really tiring to fight against these WRC winners but it's enjoyable."
"Stage is very good, much more grip than the previous pass, but we're controlling to get a better result in the end."
"It's not too bad, I think we did some changes in the service, so the car seems to be more suited to the surface now."
"Felt like a good stage, really tried to use the ruts. Feels good. That's the pace we want to be at."
"Yeah, I'm doing what I can. we tried to do some changes to the car. We just have to carry on, I know the next stage is difficult for us, but the last one is good."
"It was great, it was good feeling, the car was very, very good. Miksy style!"
"It's difficult to judge the speed and the pace, we are on our own pace. We want to get through the loop, we are careful but we are enjoying."
"We're trying to understand the car well and work on the setup and for me it's important to do second looks, because there are a lot of stones in the lines."
"I was cautious, last time out this stage ruined our race so I was a bit cautious. Last time out we were struggling and changing the tyre, but other than that it was quite good."
"Yeah, it's tightening up, it's still possible to find some positions and I think I was faster by a few seconds. I'm just so happy to drive the car, it's very, very nice!"
"Yeah for sure now it was better, I tried to push a bit."
"I try to be as fast as possible, honestly these stages are amazing, you can feel every corner. What a feeling! I'm driving really well."
"I don't know what Efren is doing - this was a good stage with some ruts, but I have a good feeling with the car so everything is perfect now."
"Yeah I think the changes we made make a lot of sense on this kind of road."
"The first section was completely destroyed, so I don't want to push!"
"Yeah this stage we just wanted to manage, the first part was really rough, we're driving round some rocks, this was definitely the one to take it easy on though and the next three we can have a push."
"It's not easy that's for sure. I was hoping it would be drier, but we try our best!"
"On the rough it's quite interesting to drive on this, luckily the tyres are strong enough. But this is quite interesting!"
"I was trying to avoid Mares, we are going to the stages with a little bit less stones I hope. We are cautious."
"I think like Zaldivar I hit the rock. I have another puncture and waited for Martins to slow down, luckily we have another spare wheel but we have to be careful."
"Unfortunately Filip was at the back, I'm sorry to him."
"Like every rally, always we are very close. I don't know why! Maybe it's because we prefer to stay close to start. No puncture for the moment."
"It is rally, it's good."
"Little bit of an obstruction, it's how it is."
"Zaldivar had a small crash, we were at the start line and they stopped us, but it's okay. Now there's more ruts, we feel a little bit better in the car and we are trying a lot."
"Third corner, really bad. Stone inside the rut, nothing I can do! I really don't like this stage."
"I try to prepare as much as I can, before this rally we have no recce videos. The other guys who have done this rally before have more knowledge on the stages. I am very happy to be 3 seoncds faster, the rut is much deeper now, little bit rough in the beginning!"
On two wheel moment few corners before finish line - had to reverse.
Organizator stopped crew after start line due blocked road -> Started again with few minutes delay.
Accident - broken steering and stopped in the middle of road
"It's interesting. First time over the Fafe jump. Still searching for confidence. We made some changes yesterday but I don't know if it helps a lot."
"Not so bad, bit disheartened what could've been. The car does everything I want it to do. The conditions are ideal. James is on the ball."
"This afternoon is gonna be very important. It's the best I've ever felt with this car over the last 6-7 months. Still a long way to go though!"
"Well at least that's something. I cannot push any harder, I cannot make any mistakes. I'm doing what I can."
"They were quite fast out there, something is bended from the steering to the level so we had to be very careful."
"We are happy, the stage is really nice, I hope we can improve quite a lot for this afternoon."
"Well yeah, let's see. Every point is important for us. We were going for points then we had a puncture, so we have to compromise. We know the car is capable of much more."
"I don't know about a podium push. It doesn't feel like we're doing too badly, but we're missing a bit of traction, that's all."
"To be honest, I've learnt quite a lot on these surfaces, I was quite afraid before the stage. I have a good feeling with the car and my driving. Step by step we're improving."
"I am very happy and I am lucky, so this as an amazing stage. Big jump - we enjoyed it!"
"Bit slippy, bit careful on the jumps but, we are here. It feels better on this stage for sure."
"Bad for sure, I am not happy with the car, we lost a lot of time in traction, but for sure I'm not happy with this car. I test everything, but we just have to be positive."
"Yeah, it was unbelievably slippery, difficult because the grip is changing always. It's hard to find where you can brake, I always brake too early - that's why I am so slow!"
"In this stage was light, we had a lot of oversteer, we'll try to fix it during service, changing something on the car. We enjoy it. It's better touching the ground with this one compared to the Rally4!"
"Not the best driving to be honest, we struggled a bit with the pace notes. We will try to improve for the next run."
"Not flat out jump, but a proper jump! Little bit different grip on this stage. This morning was very enjoyable, but I think the recipe is good team, good energy and big smile!"
"I like this stage, I don't know if my time is so good, the guys behind will be so fast also. We enjoy the car in this one, it's a really nice car and why I like this rally so much!"
"I'm doing my best, I cannot say more. I know the stage well, whatever the time is, the time is. I cannot control it."
"We don't have any strategy other than go flat out, we need to check the front drive as I hit it in the bank."
"Terrible, really struggled with any rhythm with the stage notes, never done this stage before and couldn't get any rhythm. Was just checking the car before, checking the tyres and scraping the mud out."
"Quite tricky right now, we seem to be struggling for traction, sure we'll try to keep in behind. I'm a bit afraid to change the car in service because I haven't tested the car on gravel much, so what can I do?"
"This is a very difficult, we hit some rock after 1km, but nothing happened, we have good tyres!"
"Just to get back the confidence and get the car back to the service and keep it steady is the aim now. We will keep learning for the future."
"Oh really! This is a really n ice stage, the grip level is consistent, with the soft sand it's nice to drive. Shame it was a bit foggy. I'm really happy to be here driving, thanks to everybody that I have a chance to be here."
"I can't do nothing with it, it's horrible. I think Martins had a left front puncture, he clipped a rock and we hit it."
"I couldn't see anything at the end there."
"It's still early days yet, but feeling a lot better in the car. The fog makes it like Rally GB! You have to drive with care on this rally because of the rocks."
"Yeah, in the third corner we had the puncture, then Cais overtook us and we overtook Cais."
"Too slow in the fog! I don't see in the fast places, but it's ok we are here, very enjoyable stage though."
Puncture, damaged steering
"But with the fog it's not easy, but I tried to keep the line. You can't see anything, but for my experience it's perfect. We will continue like this, it's perfect."
"1km we have a puncture, I am sorry to my team. It's a slow puncture."
"Very difficulty stage for us for the first time - we are here and that's the most important."
"It's actually very good, very fast flowing, but we're struggling to get back the confidence, but we think we've got slight bit of damage on the rear, so we need to get back to service and fix the car."
"We were just being careful in the foggy conditions, so nothing special."
"The fog is coming, I don't know if the other guys get the fog. The last 3km we get the fog, but the tyres are working really well."
"It was okay, a lot of fog in the last part of the stage, not easy to follow pace notes and see where you are. No problem though, no mistakes and for not it's okay."
"For us it was not a good feeling in this stage, I didn't feel well with the car, but we will try to do it better."
"The visibility affected the driving, otherwsie it's okay. I really enjoy this car though! It's fantastic. Still more to give, still more to do, but it's fantastic!"
"It didn't feel good, I had bad rhythm and a big rupture on the second corner. I was quite sure I had a puncture, but I didn't, so quite a feeling."
"That's nice to hear that we increased our lead. It was quite horrid this stage though, luckily we didnt hit anything. It's really nice to have a tight fight with Mads and everybody."
"It didn't feel too bad, we're still learning the car, so it's just safe."
"I made some changes to the car and it feels a lot better. It's really really nice stages, but we'll enjoy this morning even if it's difficult later on."
"It was bumpy, again I think I did not good stage! I think I should keep doing not good stages! Keep concentrating, no big risks!"
"Yeah it's nice because we are trying to push and we are starting this day, we know the stages, the weather is really nice. The greatest way to spend a Sunday!"
"It will be tough for sure, the road conditions are much better though so we will try our best."
"If you are not awake before the special stage, you're in trouble. We took a lot of fun on this stage and it was good."
"This one was definitely good fun, we are happy to be back in the race. Our target is to learn something and gain the experience because I am missing the experience with this surface."
"Yeah it feels good, feeling is much better today, especially in these conditions the car is working well."
"Well it was quite a tricky stage, I think we had some small issues with the rear of the car, but we will keep working to enjoy the day."
"It's quite okay for now, because behind me will be very fast. There are a lot of big names around, at the beginning I was thinking about a puncture, but it's okay. MRF Tyres work really well!"
"A little bit foggy in the stages, I was affected a little."
"Unfortunately, Armindo Araújo and Luís Ramalho suffered an accident in SS7 and are out of Rally Serras de Fafe. The Škoda Fabia Rally2 crew did not present any apparent physical injuries but were transported to hospital for precautionary checks."
"Didn't expect that one, this went quite okay though. It's rutted, I remember from my time in JWRC."
"Could've been easily avoided, I'm just disappointed."
"Well I get through without any punctures! That's one thing I'm happy with! I'm here now to get the experience for sure! One more now and can continue tomorrow!"
"Unfortunately we had to reverse on a hairpin, the ruts are so bad."
"All hell broke loose, I was thinking maybe I'd get a puncture on that stage. It's through no fault of Pirelli."
"Really tough, you could push a lot more but you have to look after tyres, trying to find the middle ground is working though."
"Quite okay, surprisingly deep ruts, I have problem with the battery though."
"I feel like I have no power on the low end, so I feel like I have to be in the high gears."
"It's very dry, but the road is quite rough and a few sections I was thinking it may be too much for the car, but it looks good. It's okay for us at the moment. We don't want to go too fast."
"Unbelievably rough conditions. Bone dry, but extremely rough. Lots of big stones, I tried to avoid them."
"I think the changes helped, we haven't really touched so much though."
"There are some changes on the car, it's working better. The stage is completely destroyed so it's easy to risk a puncture."
"At the beginning it's quite humid and with the summer rainy, but now we have the sun, it's an okay stage for us and we are learning a lot to try and improve."
"Nothing very important changed. The clouds are following us!"
"It was good but my shoulder is killing me, so I'm currently struggling a lot."
"A little bit better, I have more confidence now. We need to go quicker."
"I made a modify on the service that I didn't like - the car is less precise, but let's try perfect it."
"All good. We have two spare wheels so we are probably too heavy. But at least I tried."
"The conditions are drier, but the road is quite destroyed. You can't use the road in some places and end up using the ruts."
"There's nothing we can do - this is not our day. We had the puncture after 1k, so I just tried to bring it to the end."
"Yeah conditions are a bit different from this morning, there's quite a few ruts and some horror corners, but it's getting more enjoyable now."
"This one was quite interesting, it was hard to find the right level."
"The stage is quite dry, so everything is okay, but good stage, normal conditions, everything is okay. I will do my rally and in the end we will see."
"Trying to hold a good pace there, much nicer position to be in."
"The rim is still there? I'm happy for that!"
"The guys in the front are super fast, but we'll do what we can. I won't be too mad at myself."
"It was much more better than before, we enjoyed it, the grip here is very good."
"It was not so bad, my setup was a little bit too soft for this one. We need to manage the tires, because there is a lot of rock on these roads."
"I'm happy, it was much more dry and easier, but from other perspectives, some stones, the car is very oversteered however and we're trying to find something better."
"Stage was nice, little bit rough, but we have a problem with the pop-off valve there. I'm not able to do anything with cars, so we'll see."
"Unbelievable, the conditions we had. Full, full rain up to a kilometre into the stage, but I enjoyed it. The plan is to keep her at it."
"I'm not realy feeling well in the car, we've got a bad smell in the car too."
Accident. Stage stopped after.
"No words. Crazy, but we are here. It's not my pace but I'm surviving."
"It's just survival in there, couldn't see at all because of the fog."
"All of the stages are, in these conditions, hard, but good fun."
"It is very difficult in there. Let's see if we can resolve a situation in the service park."
"Yesterday I said I would like to have conditions similar to this but this is a bit too much. There's a lot of big stones already there."
"I tried my best, there are small problems which we're waiting for service."
"I think the last 3km were very difficult. It's a new car, it's new tyres. We need to take it step by step."
"This one was very very tough, we had a big moment at the end, not easy to manage in these conditions, but good for now."
"It's so so difficult, with the mud, fog, rain - where is the sun?"
"I think i just driven very badly, my wipers were at full force and I couldn't see anywhere. It was tough."
"It was really difficult, mid stage we got quite heavy fog, definitely very tricky."
"Impossible, there was fog, raining. It moves like butter."
"We tried to do our best."
"You're always trying to search for a grip in these conditions, I'm not sure if it's working or not, but we can always experiment and see if it goes better."
"I had a good time out there."
"It's tough from the beginning, if slippery is a word, it's a proper word judging from these conditions!"
"Conditions are getting super bad. There's not much more you can do to be fair."
"So difficult, because we have so much fog."
"It's very very slippery on the last section of the stage, but we enjoyed it."
"Honestly it was nice, conditions obviously very difficult, everything felt okay though."
"It was surprisingly good grip in places, but there were definitely a couple of surprises."
"In one or two places at the end we suffered because of the windscreen, but for most of the stage it was okay."
"This one was tough, especially the last three kilometres. We are happy though."
"It's quite okay, the stage was very tricky, but I was expecting it, there was no surprises so to say, but it's not normal to drive rally cars in this weather, but you have to stick with it and listen to the co-driver."
"We retired for today. We hit the rock inside the line. First we had to stop to change the puncture, but after another several kilometres the suspension broke completely. "
"In the first corner I missed the braking point, it was very slippery. It takes 3-4 minutes to get back on the road."
"I think it was okay for us."
"The surface is really soft and I felt many times I have no traction."
"I think we lost a lot of time, but it is what it is."
"We have a right rear puncture at 2km, there was a big stone which I didnt see which we hit really hard. The tenth quickest is quite okay."
"I clipped something inside and got a puncture. The car feels okay other than that."
"I don't know [what happened]. We test on dry conditions, we haven't tested on the wet."
"Yes, it went okay. We're trying to fix a little bit for the setup. Much easier to drive because the stage was dry, we are in a good place."
"I had this hairpin, I don't know how to drive it, it's so narrow. I had trouble with it last year."
"Downhill hairpin, couldn't get the car in and around, so had to reverse it. The first stage is quite tricky, clipped something on the rear right, but we're learning and enjoying."
"We cut too much on the inside of the corner, went too much and almost rolled. I lost all the confidence, especially on this last section."
"No, I had a good flow, I thought I was good on the slow part at the beginning."
"Yeah it's definitely a safe pace. Could push more, but if we hold this sort of pace and road position, I'm happy with that."
"This one was better because more grip. We are okay."
"It was a little bit better, we had some grip, but not so much, but it was okay"
"It's not too bad honestly, conditions are a lot better, but it's not 100% yet."
"No still wrong, I completely misjudged that one to be honest. I'm supposed to be the fella with experience. Nice stage but missed out on that one."
"Brilliant! It wasn't so special, this last part is so nice but the first part is so tricky. We almost rolled on the tarmac, but lucky we are here."
"That one was pure fun, no mud, lots of gravel, for this one second position is not perfect. I really appreciate the car, it's powerful and very fast."
"In places I've been surprised, sliding into the ditch a bit but nothing serious. Maybe it was not enough but it's okay."
"I need to rebuild confidence because yesterday was not our day. I felt more confident today. Clean run but still a lot to improve."
"We spent a time in a ditch, I hope that the car is okay."
"Difficult to avoid wheel spins, difficult start to second day of my life in this car"
"It was difficult on the first corner, I nearly crashed, but in some parts it was muddy, think it's not so bad."
"It's not bad, I try to be very cautious, in some places it's very slippery and try not to do any stupid things, near the finish there was a lot of mud so I lost a lot of time."
"Very slippery very dangerous in the last 3km."
"I think we drove quite well and I think the weather on the road is quite bad. The road is getting really really wet here."
"Not a good feeling with the car, fighting a lot with the setup, not happy with my confidence. Not a good stage for me. We will try to change some things here and there, let's see what happens in the next stages."
"I was driving quite bad, really? Second fastest?"
"It was quite tricky, we clipped something at the rear a third into it, it's good to be here but the conditions are quite tricky."
"I'm just happy to finish this first stage, it was a a mess, there was some places that was amazing, then suddenly it was a complete disaster, but we managed to do the first stage and now we're gonna resume the rhythm."
"To be in. Portugal, driving this car, what can be better, for sure I'm not the fastest here, but I'm happy with the time."
"Obviously very muddy in the last part, really hard to read the grip, some places is mud, there's lines everywhere. We're taking a little bit more caution. The further back you get the slower it gets, when you're first car or first couple cars you break the mud up a bit more."
"It's very difficult, sometimes you have the grip, sometimes not - it's not an easy one for sure, we need to keep focus"
"It was very very slippery, not a lot of grip at all."
"Yeah it's super slippery, we had two massive moments and after that I slowed down, because it's very unpredictable grip. Some of the stage will be just as tricky but we'll see."
"I made a stupid mistake last night with the road position, I had very little range overnight and very little range this morning. I had a little overshoot before, so I made a little mistake, but it is what it is."
"At least it's quite easy to make a kistake, it's really slippery! Luckily we didn't stop, but very slippery!"
"We stalled the engine on the start, it's my first time! The last 3km is muddy, but it's not a bad start for the rally."
"Yeah it was quite horrendous, a lot of trying to survive to be honest, a lot of trying to keep the rhythm. I felt I was able to keep the stage up to the grip but that's what we're trying to do."
"We are trying to understand the car, but for sure we like these stages and we are happy to be here. Tomorrow will be a long day with muddy conditions. I hope this gives me a chance to develop as a driver."
"It was just a mistake (earlier today). I tried to avoid a rock and it turned me on my roof. Anyway, the rally is very long. We have a lot of time to learn these roads and conditions."
"The rain is not making it any easier so I was really careful. It was a disaster for us - there were two corners where we missed the correct line."
"Not too great. I didn't feel like I was very comfortable, but we were clean and not sliding too much."
"It's a beautiful stage - I love the night stages. I don't know the time but the feeling was good. We will try to improve our pace day by day and we'll see what happens."
"Very, very slippery - slippier than I've ever done anyway. But yeah, it was grand! I was obviously lacking a bit of confidence. We're here, so we're happy enough!"
I had a stupid roll in qualifying, but the boys in service got it fixed - thanks a lot to them! The real rally starts tomorrow."
"Really, really slippery! Okay, we are safely through and the rally is on. So far, so good."
"My team repaired the car really well. I tried to be as smooth as possible and it went well. I was quite careful, but the car feels amazing."
"It was not so bad. These were my first donuts in a Rally2 car and I think my grandmother could do the same thing!"
"It was quite a horrible run to be honest, but it's good to get through. We're looking forward to the action tomorrow."
"It was quite a tough day with a roll from nowhere. That's rally! The good news is that we are here and the car is ready to race. We are trying to get back the feeling and tomorrow we will see."
"I took it quite carefully to be honest. I did a mistake in the first corner but overall it was a good start for us and I hope we can produce some good stage times during the weekend."
"I had to be really careful. I think we touched something so it was not so easy. It wasn't the best stage."
"It was okay - better than expected. I had to be careful but it was okay. No mistakes."
"It's very exciting. We have a lot of top drivers here and it will be a fantastic challenge for us. I know the rally very well but it will be difficult for all of us. Let's see what happens tomorrow."
"I thought there was less grip, but in the end it was quite fine. It was enjoyable. I hope there will be a lot of rain (tomorrow)."
"I was just careful on this stage. Nothing dramatic. I think tomorrow it will be hard."
"Last year I made too many mistakes, so this year is a clear improvement of my driving in these conditions! This event will be tough, but we'll do our best."
"The most difficult thing tonight was the road surface. It was extremely wet and so slippery. I touched the wall last year, so I arrived at that corner like my mother - I was so careful!"
"It's okay. It's quite narrow and tricky, but tomorrow the real rally starts and it will be really interesting. Let's have a good one."
"I expected it to be more difficult than it was. We found some grip, but maybe not enough!"
"It was very difficult! Very slippery in here, so we didn't take any risks. Tomorrow will be tough for sure, but we are enjoying our time in this Škoda! Going from a Rally4 car to this is like a dream for us and we are really happy to be here."
"It was quite okay but it was quite slippery and I had no idea what it would feel like on the cobblestones and the Tarmac. I just had to feel it a bit, but everything is okay. I don't like to lose time, but I think 1.8sec won't matter too much tomorrow!"
"There was better grip than I was expecting. It was a clean run with no big dramas. We are here and tomorrow the proper work is starting."
"It was fairly atrocious to be honest. Today felt nice and I found the [feeling in the] car already this morning. When it's so narrow and tricky in here, there was no point taking any risks. We're all set and ready for tomorrow - and I'm fit for bed now!"
"No risks at all! With the cobblestones, you don't know how much grip there's going to be, so you're definitely playing it on the safe side. A good run and a good warm-up for tomorrow."
"It's really difficult. We knew it would be slippery, but it's much more slippery than we expected. For sure, we took it easily - but it's done and we can breathe!"