STAGE FLASH
Date: 25.10.2009
Day: 3 Flash No: 15
Special Stage: SS13 – PORT TALBOT 1 Distance: 17.41 Km
Weather: Blue sky, cool breeze
Road Conditions: Dry

1: Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena
“Feels ok, good rhythm. I knew Mikko would be trying”

3: Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen
“If that’s not good enough, there is nothing else I can do. I had two massive moments trying my best, one after the big jump”

2: Dani Sordo/Marc Marti
“We’re trying really hard, I felt I had good rhythm but I was disappointed to be seven seconds off the pace”

11: Petter Solberg/Phil Mills
“I gained 2.1 seconds on that stage and 2.1 seconds is 2.1 seconds. I’m going to try everything I can to get on the podium”

12: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia
“No risks this morning, it will be ok if we can continue like this”

6: Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud
“I had handbrake trouble at the start, I didn’t steal any time. The car just jumped forward but I stood still, I hope I won’t get any penalties”

5: Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin
“About 10 kilometres into the stage I hit a big rock side on with the rear right hand wheel. I was worried that I may have damaged something, but it doesn’t seem to have had any effect”

4: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Antilla
“That was ok, I have no-one to really fight with and it’s difficult when you see the other guys times. Aim is to finish the event and not do anything stupid”

8: Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt
“I thought I had a puncture. I had a small off and hit the back end on a bank, perhaps I bent something.”

16: Aaron Burkart/Michael Kolbach
“I have nothing to lose, I am four minutes behind Conrad just having fun. Nice stage with lots of spectators”

15: Khalid Al Qassimi/Michael Orr
“There are long fast straights which pushed the commitment. It was nice and dry on the open parts and slippery under the trees”

39: Eyvind Brynildsen/Denis Giraudet
“We took it very slowly today, I hope not too slowly. I am having lots of fun as I enjoy this car. It is not as much fun as driving flat out but we are hoping to finish in one piece”

17: Steve Perez/Paul Spooner
“I am pushing quite hard as we have two Group N cars behind us. This was a big balls stage for me, but I am fairly happy with the time.”

14: Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson
“We have had a hard weekend. We have struggled throughout with the setup of the car, but have never found a good setup in the rain. The car is handling better now it is drier.”

47: Armindo Araújo/Miguel Ramalho
“Not pushing too hard as overheating again but it will be ok.” (Media team discovered the secret to their success – a picture of pretty ladies on the dashboard with the title “To win means everything”. Araújo commented “That’s what makes me go fast”)

31: Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek
“All the eggs still there, two slightly cracked now”

33: Toshi Arai/Glenn MacNeall
“Ok stage, but almost had a moment with a deer”

[Heavy rains starts at the end of the stage]

64: Martin Semerad/Bohuslav Ceplecha
“Good run, but car feels down on power out of tighter corners.”

63: Jarkko Nikara/Jarkko Kalliolepo
“I had problems yesterday but so far this morning things have been better, although I made a couple of mistakes in that stage.”

45: Patrik Flodin/Göran Bergsten
“Ok, nothing too dramatic this morning, we are still pushing as hard as we can, although we have little to go for now other than to finish”

50: Nasser Al-Attiyah/Giovanni Bernacchini
“Now its raining, its much more slippery in places which makes it more difficult for us than the earlier cars, but we can’t complain – that’s Rally GB for you.”

46: Patrik Sandell/Emil Axelsson
“In the middle of the stage it started raining really heavily and you immediately noticed the change of grip, but despite being more slippery I hope my time was good”

48: Hermann Gassner Junior/Katharina Wuestenhagen
“Very slippy now its raining. I wasn’t expecting rain but no big moments so it was good”

32: Bernardo Sousa/Jorge Carvalho
“The rain came down just as we started so it was very slippery. We still have engine problems but continuing on”

65: Mark Tapper/Jeff Judd
“That was a bit hairy in there. We had a big moment on first bend, clipped the back but everything seems to be ok”

66: Dennis Kuipers/Kees Hagman
“That was a good stage, a little rain but no worries”

37: Fréderic Sauvan/Sebastien Capanna
“We had quite a few moments, about three of them – all big slides”

40: Dave Weston/Ieuan Thomas
“It rained a little bit at the start which had us worried, but it stopped shortly afterwards, we are on SuperRally so all we have to do is try and see if we can set a few quick times.”

62: Jon Williams/George Gwynn
“A good stage, but we had rain at the start. Last night the team put in a new gearbox. We are driving it to the limit now”

73: Egon Kaur/Erik Lepikson
“We lost some time when we lost the intercom near the start of the stage, but we managed to get it going again before the end. I was struggling on the downhill sections of the stage because this car only has small brakes.”

61: Nico Thomas/Angelos Loizides
“We are not flat out this morning. We set off with the intention of reaching the finish and getting over the podium.”

74: Trond Lyseng/Pål Iversen
“It’s my first time doing this rally and it has been a hard few days. We can see the finish over the horizon and are driving carefully towards it.”

38: Gábor Mayer/Robert Tagai
[Massive cheer] “I now have power steering, very happy having good fun, my arms were gone yesterday”

67: Mattias Therman/Janne Peräla
“Good stage, very driveable, no more moments like yesterday – I want to finish!”

68: Rene Kuipers/Erwin Mombaerts
“I’m awake now! Good stages with the changing conditions made it challenging”

72: Wug Utting/Max Utting
“That was beautiful. Six places to make up, all within reach so going for it.”

83: Tomaz Kaucic/Peter Zorenc
“The engine is now down onto three cylinders. I was told last night it was already broken but had not noticed. We’re just trying to get to the finish”

81: Patrick Anglade/Hans-Peter Loth
“Very tricky, its slippery in there, I wasn’t really expecting that. We are very happy as we are the leading 2 wheel drive car”

78: Paulo Nobre/Edu Paula
“Way too sideways, good for the spectators not for us. We will be a bit tidier the second time around. We just want to finish”

69: Peter Stephenson/Jim Burns
“I am enjoying the rally again, I am enjoying being able to see properly after last nights stage and the problems I had with visibility”

79: Emre Yurdakul/Burak Erdener
“That stage was very good. We are trying to push hard, but I did lose some time because of it where I was not so clean around some of the corners”

49: Giorgio Bacco/Nicola Arena
“Ok, no problem”

77: Giuseppe Dettori/Marco Corda
“Little tricky in there but that was fantastic”

90: Sander Pärn/Ken Järveoja
“The track is very good and I have a good feeling for it, we caught car 80 at about five kilometres from the end of the stage.”

87: Tom Cave/Craig Parry
“I’m driving like my granny this morning. I’m finding it really difficult to get into a rhythm. We also passed car 80”

80: Burcu Cetinkaya/Çiçek Güney
Drove out with puncture

76: Craig Breen/Gareth Roberts
“We don’t have to push as we are ahead of our rivals by three minutes so I’m just enjoying the drive. I’m not committed to the notes, just taking each corner as it comes”

84: Bader Al Jabri/Stephen McAuley
“That was a nice stage, very smooth and steady. It is good to be able to see clearly again because we are just checking the notes on the first run and maybe we can go a bit faster the next time.”

95: Kit Leigh/Tim Leigh
“I think we might have a wheel bearing loose on the front left hand side. It’s been twitching a lot on the faster parts of the stage. I felt it first on the road section and I hope it gets us to the finish”

70: Daniel Siguroarson/Andrew Sankey
“We want to finish at least this day. We have been very careful all rally but we have also very unlucky!”

80: Burcu Cetinkaya/Çiçek Güney
“We had a puncture halfway through this stage, and now have no brakes. We lost over two minutes”

91: Siim Plangi/Marek Sarapuy
“Caught car 95 in stage but didn’t lose much time. Still very upset the car broke yesterday losing first in class”

92: Mattei Loic/Julien Vial
“Car is ok, good stage but very slippery”

82: Davide Catania/Antonello Moncada
“Our radiator is fixed, but lost 30 seconds with spin around a corner. It is very slippery in there.”

93: Jean-Thierry Vacheron/Sylvain Trombert
“Had a big problem at the start, the motor stopped and we lost about six minutes trying to get it started again.”

94: Kenneth Treacy/Martin Comerford
“We fixed the clutch overnight and are now having a ball. The Irish are over here to enjoy themselves! The game plan now is just to finish.”

LAND ROVER CHALLENGE

206: Alan Paramore/Gari Hazelby
“We had a big lockup on the last but one corner, I thought we were going off, but I just managed to save it in time. The spectators were great encouraging us through there, especially when they thought we were going to crash! I spoilt their fun on that one”

205: Duncan Lilwall/Craig Teasdale
“The jump was huge and we absolutely flew! When we finally hit the ground it was a BIG bang, great fun”

202: Steve Partridge/Adam Entwhistle
“Awesome stage, that jump was great, we took it flat”

203: Paul Wright/Tom Aldridge
“Brilliant! Ace stage, still smiling after jump”

204: George Morrison/Curtis McKerlie
“That’s a wake up call! We are still smiling after that jump. It was different to last year with a bigger run up we had more time to think about it”