70. Secto Rally Finland 2021
1. 10. – 3. 10. 2021, Jyväskylä • AKK Sports Ltd. • gravel 287.11 km • total distance including road sections - 1059.64 km • Other years
SS6 Oittila - 19.75 km
- 1. 10. 19:00
Stuck in a ditch
"It's been pretty good. Of course, it's a pretty different car to drive, but I am getting used to it step by step and I have been really enjoying a lot."
"Today was okay but this stage was so terrible. I was expecting to lose a lot because in the first part we hit something and it was so loud in the car, so I couldn't hear the co-driver properly. Okay, we are here and that's a good achievement for today."
"Not a good rhythm. We have a smell of fire in the car, so I was paying attention to my mirrors to make sure there was not fire. Something feels broken at the rear, so maybe an oil leak or something. I don't know."
"We did what we could in the darkness. A good day overall."
"It was such an experience. Wow. In the night, it changes everything. I just wanted to finish the stage because it was really difficult. It's nice to drive in the night but to be able to have a good pace you have to be committed. We are here, so I am happy."
"It wasn't a great stage. It felt okay, but the time doesn't look too good."
"It's amazing. I always questioned what Finland would be like in the dark and now we've felt it and witnessed it. It's absolutely incredible. My lights weren't 100 per cent to be honest, I have a bit of work to do on them, but it's just incredible."
"It has been a very tricky day. I wanted to push and set some more good times, but this is life. I need to learn from this and tomorrow is going to be a better day for us. It's good learning for both of us."
"It's surprisingly good. We never expected to be in the battle with Toyota, so it's been surprisingly okay. This was just the introduction, so let's see tomorrow. It's a big day."
"It was difficult. It's starting to be quite dark for us already, so let's see what the guys behind us do. I didn't want to risk everything. I tried to push but the time is not so good."
"I just couldn't commit to it and the visibility was quite poor. My lights weren't nice and I didn't want to do a mistake because it would have been stupid."
"Really enjoyed it, but it's not been easy. It's difficult to be relaxed in the dark like this and in the last part of the stage it's very difficult to see what's on the side of the road."
"It hasn't been a very strong day for us. We did what we could but I didn't have any pace. This one was a very difficult stage."