Gus Greensmith (3rd WRC 2) said:

“It’s been a good day for us. We had a small issue with the steering towards the end of the morning loop, but before that the times were really good and pretty close to Pontus [Tidemand]. Without a pre-event test, I didn’t have the knowledge or experience to know exactly how to tackle the second loop – so we lost quite a lot there – but we know now for tomorrow. We’re in a good little comfort zone at the moment, and anything can still happen so we’ll keep going and see what we can do.”

Pedro Heller (4th WRC 2) said:

“We rolled this morning, but finally I think we had some luck because we were able to finish the loop and then the mechanics did a fantastic job to get us back out for the afternoon. Comparing our pace to the other South American drivers, I think we’ve had a really good day. There is still some work to do to close the gap to some of the stronger Europeans, but we’ll keep working and see what we can do tomorrow.”

Nil Solans (10th WRC 2) said:

“We had quite a few issues to deal with today – breaking a steering arm and a brake pipe on SS6. It’s not been the best of days, but we will keep going and hope for a clean run tomorrow.”



Alberto Heller:

Alberto Heller was running in an impressive fourth place on his WRC2 debut before being caught out by the tricky stages – heavily rolling his Ford Fiesta R5 on SS6. The damage proved too severe to continue and the Chilean will unfortunately go no further this weekend.