STAGE FLASH
Date: 25.10.2009
Day: 3 Flash No: 16
Special Stage: SS14, RHEOLA 1 Distance: 22.51 Km
Weather: Cloudy, strong winds, some rain
Road Conditions: Very slippery in places

1: Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena
“It was very muddy and I didn’t try too hard and took it easy, maybe too easy. No problems. For the moment it is OK.”

3: Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen
“It was definitely fast. I gave it all I can, sliding all over the place. I was pretty lucky but it is still a long gap. I have nothing to lose.”

2: Dani Sordo/Marc Marti
“I felt the car moving a lot on that stage and hit a big stone on the right rear wheel but I think we’re OK, maybe a slow puncture now. I am driving for a podium. It’s me or Petter now!”

11: Petter Solberg/Phil Mills
“It was very slippy and muddy in there but I tried hard and I really want that third place. It’s still on! I’m loving it!”

12: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia
“No big mistakes. The most important part is to finish this rally. OK for the moment no problems and the car is driving very well.”

6: Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud
“It was OK, I am happy. I hope to catch up Ogier today. The car is working perfect so we just keep driving like this and pick up good points.”

5: Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin
“It’s good when the conditions are good, but when it’s tricky like that it’s really difficult to go well and keep up the pace. We’re accepting where we are and are driving for a finish and the points.”

4: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Antilla
“After the flying finish jump I misread my notes. It was so slippy I couldn’t stop. I am so grateful to the spectators for pushing me out. Something is damaged at the back. I have puncture on the nearside rear.”

8: Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt
“We’ve got a wobbly rear wheel after that last stage and we are driving for the finish and driving for points.”

16: Aaron Burkart/Michael Kolbach
“Quite slippery and the engine seems to be down on power again. The rally has been fine except for this stage. It was horrible.”

15: Khalid Al Qassimi/Michael Orr
“It was a horrible stage, you just have to find the confidence and the grip. There is no control over the car, it’s not fun in there.”

14: Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson
“The rally is over for us but we are trying our best and hoping to work better next year.”

17: Steve Perez/Paul Spooner
“Very slippery without ice let alone with! Especially at the problem.”

39: Eyvind Brynildsen/Denis Giraudet
“No problems, for me everything is OK. My mission is to drive slow today and get to the finish. We have been struggling a lot the last few years and now we can show everyone that it has been worth the wait.”

31: Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek
“We are trying to enjoy but this last stage was very slippery, so we did nothing special. We are happy with our pace this year. We did a very good job and we are looking forward to next year.”

47: Armindo Araújo/Miguel Ramalho
“We had a problem with the car, it’s overheating…”

33: Toshi Arai/Glenn MacNeall
“I can’t drive the car fast in there. I have no confidence.”

64: Martin Semerad/Bohuslav Ceplecha
“I went off in the stage and I don’t know how much time I lost.”

63: Jarkko Nikara/Jarkko Kalliolepo
“It was good but very slippery. We drove not so bad and the feeling was quite good.”

45: Patrik Flodin/Göran Bergsten
“The first stage was OK but this one had so much mud in it, I couldn’t find the right feeling to get the right speed.”

50: Nasser Al-Attiyah/Giovanni Bernacchini
“I had a lot of confidence in that stage and we try and do a good job. We enjoy what we can do.”

48: Hermann Gassner Junior/Katharina Wuestenhagen
“This stage I don’t like so much but I am happy to be on the road. The car is perfect and I want to come back next year and do better.”

46: Patrik Sandell/Emil Axelsson
“I broke something in the front of the car, and I have no brakes at the front except the handbrake.”

65: Mark Tapper/Jeff Judd
“Pretty slippery in there and we had a couple of moments but nothing serious. I backed off and don’t want to throw the whole rally away for just one position.”

32: Bernardo Sousa/Jorge Carvalho
“Car is down on power, struggling to get through but we will be OK. We want to finish this rally.”

66: Dennis Kuipers/Kees Hagman
“Very good, a nice stage. Maybe I was going too slowly though because I didn’t find it too slippy.”

62: Jon Williams/George Gwynn
“We thought we had a puncture, and this is a total learning experience for us.”

37: Fréderic Sauvan/Sebastien Capanna
“I am competing under SupeRally so just aiming to finish.”

40: Dave Weston/Ieuan Thomas
“We had a problem on the first stage and hit the back wheel on something. We are still running though.”

38: Gábor Mayer/Robert Tagai
“Power steering is back but my arms still hurt after yesterday.”

73: Egon Kaur/Erik Lepikson
“Very hard in there – the car was handling strangely, sliding in places where it usually doesn’t.”

67: Mattias Therman/Janne Peräla
“Doing fine, safe and sound today. Very slippy on last bend which is slow with big bumps.”

68: Rene Kuipers/Erwin Mombaerts
“Very good, nice stage but you have to be careful. We are taking it easy now.”

83: Tomaz Kaucic/Peter Zorenc
“Car goes from four cylinders to three and back again. Not driving fast anyway – driving for a finish.”

61: Nico Thomas/Angelos Loizides
“Nice stage but very muddy. We are just trying to get to the finish now.”

74: Trond Lyseng/Pål Iversen
“Very fun, but slippy. Our aim is to keep the car in one piece and get to the finish.”

72: Wug Utting/Max Utting
“We have been more sideways than a crap in there. Lovely stage, great fun. We pulled back two minutes so are pleased with that.”

81: Patrick Anglade/Hans-Peter Loth
“The stage is in a very bad condition now and the only thing I want to do is finish. We are leading the Fiestas by two minutes.”

79: Emre Yurdakul/Burak Erdener
“Very hard in there, the worst stage of the rally. Big problems with traction being front wheel drive.”

78: Paulo Nobre/Edu Paula
“Too slippy, but it’s great for the spectators to see the fun! I am just trying to stay on the road and learn how the car behaves.”

69: Peter Stephenson/Jim Burns
“A good stage but I stalled it on the last corner. The stage is so slippy.”

77: Giuseppe Dettori/Marco Corda
“The stage is very fast but you have to watch your speed in the mud.”

76: Craig Breen/Gareth Roberts
“I am driving like my Gran at the moment, thinking about the Championship. It’s a shame not being able to drive the stage fast but I am being mature and don’t need to push. Where we are is fine.

84: Bader Al Jabri/Stephen McAuley
“A good stage but dangerous going downhill in the final section.”

70: Daniel Siguroarson/Andrew Sankey
“We just love it! The conditions are awful but it’s part of the game. We try to do something for the spectators by drifting through these slippy corners. I like to entertain the crowd!”

90: Sander Pärn/Ken Järveoja
“The stage was very good and I like it. The last km was very rough with a lot of stones. Next time through will be even rougher.”

87: Tom Cave/Craig Parry
“I think I need to be sponsored by a bumper manufacturer! We lost the brakes in there and had a slight overshoot on a corner and lost a couple of seconds.”

80: Burcu Cetinkaya/Çiçek Güney
“No brakes in there, and with no service we are taking it steady now. We drive on the gearbox.”

95: Kit Leigh/Tim Leigh
“A good stage that one, but I was rubbish through Walters. The corners came up too quickly.”

91: Siim Plangi/Marek Sarapuy
“We were leading the 2WD class yesterday but now the rally is over.”

92: Mattei Loic/Julien Vial
“Very hard and very slippy in there.”

82: Davide Catania/Antonello Moncada
“I am running hard tyres and the car has a lot of power and no traction.”

94: Kenneth Treacy/Martin Comerford
“We slid off in the arena but the marshals pushed us back on. We are just here for the crack.”

LAND ROVER CHALLENGE

201: Ewen Christie/Ross Cookman
“We are happy and are pushing on to the finish.”

202: Steve Partridge/Adam Entwhistle
“We let the Major through because we knew he would want to get past after his off!”

204: George Morrison/Curtis McKertie
“We took it easy in Walters but now I have seen it I will try harder on the second run.”

205: Duncan Lilwall/Craig Teasdale
“Very very wet, and we made it to the end. We crashed out here last year.”

206: Alan Paramore/Gari Hazelby
“Mad as hell. We ditched it, never mind. We are still in the lead.”