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FORD FIESTA R5 QUOTES, 2017 WALES RALLY GB, SECTION THREE

Éric Camilli (2nd WRC 2) said:

“Today has been good and the car is working really well so we are happy with that. We are second tonight and that’s a good start. Tomorrow, we need to push because it will be a big fight with a lot of drivers very close on time. Hopefully the stages will be a little less slippery, but I’m looking forward.”

Gus Greensmith (9th WRC 2) said:

“It’s been an okay day. We had a problem with the engine which left us a bit down on power, but we focused on getting through the stages and managed to get it fixed no problem.

“Tomorrow, we plan to up the pace. Having lost some time the podium is probably a bit far away, but we’re not terribly far away from sixth so let’s see if I can get that by the end of the day. That sounds like a good plan.”

Pierre-Louis Loubet (6th WRC 2) said:

“It was not a bad day for us – just during the morning we made a small mistake in the first stage which cost us 15 seconds. It was better this afternoon and we’ll try to keep that progress going tomorrow.”

Matt Edwards (8th WRC 2) said:

“It’s been a pretty good day for us. It was a bit of a tentative start this morning but then that was always going to happen – our first time out in this car and first time here at Wales Rally GB. We didn’t want to do anything daft to start with, and it was really slippery so all those factors led to a bit of a cautious start.

“We soon got into the swing of it at Sweet Lamb and Hafren – I really enjoyed those two – and that gave us a good boost of confidence for the rest of the day.

“Tomorrow, the plan will be to build on that confidence and just try and keep the rhythm that we had today. If you’ve got good rhythm and you’re enjoying it, you can drive quite well.

“We’ve not made any mistakes all day. That’s not to say we’ve been flat out everywhere or been as fast as we could have been. But in terms of mistakes, we’ve not lost any time needlessly and I’m really happy with that.”

Matthew Wilson (10th WRC 2) said:

“On the whole it’s been a good day for us. This morning there was so little grip everywhere that the conditions were actually quite consistent. But this afternoon it’s been a bit more changeable.

“We lost quite a bit of time on the last stage. We made a couple of mistakes in there but that’s been our only bad stage of the day. We need to try and improve on that in the morning, but it’s been an enjoyable day and it’s great to be back.”

Teemu Suninen (11th WRC 2) said:

“Generally, our day has been okay. The pace has been pretty good and I had a good feeling for the driving. But on the last stage of the first loop [SS4] we got a puncture. I don’t know where we got it, but there’s nothing we can do about that – we just need to drive on. Tomorrow, we’ll try to have a good clean day without mistakes and with good pace.”

 

FURTHER
INFORMATION

Pedro Heller:

After rolling his car in SS2, Pedro Heller went on to endure further misfortune when he picked up a puncture on both SS5 and SS7. With only one spare, the Chilean was forced to retire for the day but will restart under Rally 2 regulations tomorrow.

Kalle Rovenpera:

After showing good pace during the opening stages of Wales Rally GB, the young Finn suffered a puncture in SS4. His day then came to an abrupt end when damaging the radiator on the following speed test, but he will restart under Rally 2 regulations tomorrow.