Éric Camilli (2nd RC2) said:

“It’s been an okay day for us here in Finland. I really like the driving here and we are second behind Veiby which is good for a non-Scandinavian. We set some fastest times and pushed flat-out.

“We had the wrong set-up this morning – we tried something different and it didn’t work. We lost 10 seconds and now we are 10 seconds behind so I think it will be a close race.

“Tomorrow will be another big day with Ouninpohja and the nature of the stages is a bit different. The plan is to push hard – just like we did today.”

Osian Pryce (6th WRC 2 / 9th RC2) said:

“I’ve been building the pace and the confidence all day. We had a bit of an intermittent misfire this morning which cost us a little bit of time and it was tricky to commit to some of the long corners – but otherwise it’s been a good day.

“Nobody likes to come to rallies and go at any other speed than absolutely flat-out. Putting everything on the line to fight for every tenth of every second is what we do and it’s why we’re here, but every now and then you have to be realistic and you have to take a bit of a step back.

“I could have gone charging through the stages, holding my breath and throwing the car at the road, but there’s a good chance you can get caught out here. We have a plan and we have to stick to it.”

Max Vatanen (12th RC2) said:

“It has been difficult for sure, but this is a rally where you need to learn and increase the speed step by step. We want to finish the rally so that is what we need to do and what we will continue to do tomorrow.

“Today was a long day but I would not have minded a few more special stages! Tomorrow we just have push a little bit more – press a bit more on the throttle and a little bit less on the brake!”



Gus Greensmith:

Gus Greensmith and co-driver Craig Parry hit trouble when an incorrect pacenote – made on the pre-event reconnaissance – forced them to run wide on the exit of a right-hand corner through the first pass of Laukaa (SS9).

The impact damaged the rear suspension of the Brits’ Ford Fiesta R5 and they were forced to retire for the day. With the car repaired by the team, Greensmith will restart under Rally 2 regulations tomorrow.

Pierre-Louis Loubet:

With his confidence growing with every stage, Pierre-Louis Loubet was holding podium position in the WRC 2 category before hitting a rock through the Lankamaa stage (SS10).

The impact damaged the steering of the Frenchman’s Ford Fiesta R5 but he and co-driver Vincent Landais will restart under Rally 2 regulations tomorrow.