Drivers Comments

Driver Comments SS12 Sågen 1

00 Car: Per Eklund

This is so good stage. Almost dreamlike.

14.       PAULO NOBRE / EDU PAULA

It feels like I sitting on a ticking bomb with this car. I didn’t think we would make it here. Thanks to my team to help me still be in the rally. I drive like every stage is the last. Enjoy myself very much.

5.         OTT TÄNAK / KULDAR SIKK

OFF STAGE AND LOST AT LOT OF TIME

7.         NASSER AL ATTIYAH / GIOVANNI BERNACCHINI

I like this stage so much. Good feeling now with the car. Try to go faster and faster.

17.       PETER VAN MERKSTEIJN / EDDY CHEVAILLIER

Quite well but the caliper broke. We have a lot of noice in the car and we also have intercom problems.

8.         MICHAL SOLOWOW / MACIEK BARAN

Very good stage

18.       THIERRY NEUVILLE / NICOLAS GILSOUL

Very nice stage. I slowed down when we drove past Tänak. This must be the best SS in the rally. I’ve changed my pacenotes for next run thru. Very happy.

12.       ARMINDO ARAUJO / MIGUEL RAMALHO

Nothing special. Just going on. Have a lot of fun here.

60.       SEBASTIAN OGIER / JULIEN INGRASSIA

I love this stage. Not so much snow to clean in this stage. Maybe drives like Mikkelsen are going to have better times (ref times compared with teammate in VW and S2000 catergory)

64.       EYVIND BRYNILDSEN / CATO MENKERUD

So nice stage. But I take stage by stage, corner by corner all the time. So happy to be here. A lot of norwegian fans here out to see ”newcommer babyboy” in WRC (in Norwegian : Lillegutten i WRC)

Väldigt fin sträcka. Men jag tar det sträcka för sträcka, kurva för kurva hela tiden. Väldigt glad att bara vara här. Väldigt mycket norska fans uta för att se “lillgutten” i WRC.

21.       MARTIN PROKOP / ZDENEK HRÛZA

This is a completely different stage. I thought it was a little bit slippery here. Slowed down a little bit when I a passed Tänak.

52.       PATRIK SANDELL / STAFFAN PARMANDER

Good stage-better then the last one. But it feel like I still stear into the corners to early. Need to have more confident to take them ”later”. So much spectatores here- fun.

Bra sträcka, bättre än den förra . Men det känns fortfarande som jag styr in i kurvorna för tidigt. Jag måste ha mer självförtroende och ta dom lite senare. Mycket, mycket fans här. Superkul!

1.         SÉBASTIEN LOEB / DANIEL ELENA

Had a spin in the stage and lost 10-15 sec. We just continue to drive and see how high we could come.

10.       HENNING SOLBERG / ILKA MINOR

Better roadconditions for my today. This was good. Even if Loeb had a spin, I’m happy to beat him here.

Bättre förhållanden på vägarna för mig i dag, Denna (sträckan) var bra för mig. Jag är glad att jag slog Loeb, även om han snurrade lite.

6.         EVGENY NOVIKOV / DENIS GIRAUDET

I try to push all the time. I have a plan that no one should pass us today – or any other day ( big smile)

15.       MADS ØSTBERG / JONAS ANDERSSON

Pretty good. Good ice’e conditions. Have troble with rear-back wheel that makes the balance in the car going bad. We have a plan for the 2nd loop what to do

Ganska bra. Bra isiga förhållanden. Hade problem med ett bakdäck som gjorde att balansen i bilen blev dålig. Jag har en idé för hur jag ska göra på andra vändan här.

4.         PETTER SOLBERG / CHRIS PATTERSSON

I stalled the engine on the startline. These things happen, you know. We just need to continue. The car works fine.

Jag fick ett stopp i motorn på startlinjen. Såna saker händer, men vi måste bara fortsätta att jobba på. Bilen känns bra.

2.         MIKKO HIRVONEN / JARMO LEHTINEN

Ok stage but we see how much Jari Matti is pushing in here. How much our time will hold. Very happy with the car- maybe more confidence from my side.

3.         JARI-MATTI LATVALA / MIIKA ANTTILA

Good stage but I have always strugle here before so I try to be more ”clever” (smartare på svenska). Good that we took some more seconds from Mikko. (ref 0,9 sec faster)

62.       ANDREAS MIKKELSEN / OLA FLOENE

Try to find the correct pace in here. A lot better then last SS. We have some work to do on the car.

Jag försöker få in rätt tempo. Mycket bättre än förra sträckan, men vi har lite jobb att göra på bilen.

33.       PER-GUNNAR ANDERSSON / EMIL AXELSSON

This is a great stage. Try to do my best but still stugle with the back of the car. Don’t have any grip.

Detta är en grym sträcka. Försöker att göra mitt bästa, men jag har fortfarande lite problem med bakvagnen. Inget grepp alls.

32.       CRAIG BREEN / GARETH ROBERTS

A lot more confidence.Enjoy myself very much.

49.       PONTUS TIDEMAND / G BERGSTEN

Try to attac more now. Some changes to do at service before 2nd run thru. I don’t look at Ogier, Mikkelsen, PG’s times but maybe more Breen’s times.

Fösöker attackera mer nu. Lite ändringar att göra på servicen innan andra vändan. Jag tittar inte åt Ogier, Mikkelsens eller P-G:s tider utan mer mot Breen.

68.       MIKKO PAJUNEN / KAJ LINDSTRÖM

We hit a snowbank 500 meters from finnish and now our airintake is blocked.

65.       ANDERS GRØNDAL / TROND SVENDSEN

Great stage. We have a good lead in Group N. The understear problems from yesterday is gone. Now I just enjoy myself.

Härlig sträcka. Vi har en bra ledning i PWRC. Problemet med understyrning från igår är borta. Nu njuter jag bara.

31.       HAYDEN PADDON / JOHN KENNARD

Learning the car and surface more and more. Want to try to push on the fast sections today.

34.       ALISTER MCRAE / WILLIAM HAYES

Good to be back. Pity that we went off the road yesterday. Now we just go stage by stage.

63.       MARIUS AASEN / VERONICA ENGAN

Now we have changed the damper and the car is working good today. Some small settinjgs to do at service.