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FIESTA R5 PREVIEW QUOTES, 2018 RALLY FINLAND

Gus Greensmith (WRC 2) said:

“It feels like I’ve been out of the car for ages, but I’ve kept myself busy – training with Rob Wilson and also having a big push to up the level of my physical fitness.

“Finland is the rally of the year – the stages, the atmosphere, everything, it’s just incredible. You can’t find roads like this anywhere else in the world. It can be a challenge to adapt, but the Finnish stages have always tended to suit be well.

“We were leading the event and had a number of stage wins last year, so we know that we can do the job. If we can couple that with the new-found consistency we’ve shown so far this year, we’re in a good position to push for a good result next week.

“Of course all of the local drivers will be really quick here, so we will have to give it 100 percent. The guys back at M-Sport have put in a huge amount of effort to give me the best Fiesta R5 possible. I’m very grateful for all of their hard work and hope to pay them back with a strong result in Finland.”

Jouni Virtanen (WRC 2) said:

“Every year I am looking forward to Rally Finland. The first time I contested this event was in 2009. I said then that it would be the one and only time and that I would stop rallying after that. But this is Rally Finland, an event where you always want more, and next week will be my tenth time competing!

“There are so many things that make this event so special. The stages themselves are amazing – so challenging and so fast with so many jumps. And then there are the fans and the spectators who are fantastic every year.

“The level of the other drivers is always so high, and our aim is just to finish the rally and have fun. If we can finish with some points it would be a very good addition.”