STAGE FLASH
Date: 25.10.2009
Day: 3 Flash No: 17
Special Stage: SS15 – PORT TALBOT 1 Distance: 17.41 Km
Weather: Raining hard
Road Conditions: Wet

1: Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena
“We have turbo problems, it is not running at full boost. Hopefully the lead above Hirvonen should be enough”

3: Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen
“Our bonnet came up after the jump and the pins broke. It was a high speed section after that and the bonnet came up. We ripped the bonnet off and we will have to see what happens in next stage. I’m not going to stop trying”

11: Petter Solberg/Phil Mills
“There was so much rain in there it was unbelievable! We dropped 3 seconds to Sodo, very wet”

2: Dani Sordo/Marc Marti
“It is very difficult to drive in the first few kilometres of the stage because the rain was so heavy and I lost some time, but I am fairly happy. I am still happy as I am making up time on Petter”

6: Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud
“Ogier has gone off, he’s pulled a big rock in the middle of the road which Henning had to avoid” Media crew observed a dent in his door and something dragging underneath.

8: Conrad Rautenbach/Daniel Barritt
“I saw Ogier off in there and it broke my concentration a little. Then I eased off a bit after that because it is very slippery”

4: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Antilla
“The rear right suspension was broken after the finish in Rheola, it was muddy in braking and we hit the bank. We just drive slowly now and try to bring it to the finish. I hope not to do more damage”

5: Matthew Wilson/Scott Martin
“We came through the flying finish sideways! We passed Ogier about two km into the stage, but they were out and looked ok and seemed to be working on the car. It’s very slippery and tricky after the rain”

15: Khalid Al Qassimi/Michael Orr
(Observed massive front end and rear damage) “We were on a fast left hander, at maybe 100mph a deer came across right in front of me and I couldn’t avoid it. I’m devastated about hitting the deer”

12: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia
(Observed: Left hand front of car smashed in, bonnet bent) “We went off about two kilometres into stage. I think one of the cars in front may have hit a bank and bought some rocks onto the track. I couldn’t not go around them and that’s it, rally over.”

17: Steve Perez/Paul Spooner
“All is ok with us. Car 48 has gone off with steering damage”

16: Aaron Burkart/Michael Kolbach
“We caught someone on stage and lost concentration. We went off got two punctures”

39: Eyvind Brynildsen/Denis Giraudet
“Everything is good. We are having a really good weekend so far.. We will beat Loeb on next stage!”

47: Armindo Araújo/Miguel Ramalho
“I’m always overheating just trying to survive now”

31: Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek
“No need to push, everything is ok. This weather is crazy is raining now and was nice this morning”

64: Martin Semerad/Bohuslav Ceplecha
“Our back bumper is hanging off, there are lots of stones in places. Very muddy”

33: Toshi Arai/Glenn MacNeall
“Our wipers were working overtime! I’m coping quite well with the wet conditions, it’s not so bad, but I felt there was something wrong with car this morning but maybe it was just me”

63: Jarkko Nikara/Jarkko Kalliolepo
“It was very slippery in there. We overshot a junction and lost ten seconds getting back on the road”

45: Patrik Flodin/Göran Bergsten
“It is very unpredictable, you don’t know what the weather will be like the next moment, but this is Rally GB, this is what we came for, we like it!”

[now raining very hard]

46: Patrik Sandell/Emil Axelsson
“I broke a right hand front brake pipe on the last stage which means I have only three brakes on this stage to add to the problems. It is very scary at times”

48: Hermann Gassner Junior/Katharina Wuestenhagen
“It’s been raining like hell the last three or four kilometres making it very tricky. I want to get to the finish”

32: Bernardo Sousa/Jorge Carvalho
“It’s nice this, very slippery. Taking it steady to get to the end”

65: Mark Tapper/Jeff Judd
“All ok, there is a car a long way off in there and the weather is weird”

(Rain so hard the cars are not opening their windows to talk)

66: Dennis Kuipers/Kees Hagman
Thumbs up

37: Fréderic Sauvan/Sebastien Capanna
“Very slippery”

40: Dave Weston/Ieuan Thomas
“Rear suspension is getting worse, we are just trying to get to end”

62: Jon Williams/George Gwynn
“Its very treacherous in there, it is difficult to see and only one stage to go”

38: Gábor Mayer/Robert Tagai
“The car is still working but I’m not – I’m very tired now”

73: Egon Kaur/Erik Lepikson
“There is still a problem with the brakes. The tyres have done a lot of miles today, steady to the end”

67: Mattias Therman/Janne Peräla
“We have a problem with the demister, but there is enough of a gap to take 20th overall… Probably…”

61: Nico Thomas/Angelos Loizides
“Again problems with steaming up, but it was ok”

74: Trond Lyseng/Pål Iversen
“It was very slippery off the racing line”

(stopped raining at the end of the stage)

68: Rene Kuipers/Erwin Mombaerts
(laughing) “It’s very rough and slippery in there but I’m enjoying it”

83: Tomaz Kaucic/Peter Zorenc
“Car is now fixed. We had a big discussion about the jump before the start of the stage and we took it flat. We loved it!”

72: Wug Utting/Max Utting
“We had a small excursion but only dropped a few seconds. Its very enjoyable”

81: Patrick Anglade/Hans-Peter Loth
“That was the slipperiest stage of the event, so much rain but still comfortable”

78: Paulo Nobre/Edu Paula
“Absolutely fantastic, very wet and slippery. We have more self confidence in the car and are sad that it is nearly at end”

71: Eamonn Boland/MJ Morrissey
“Ok”

69: Peter Stephenson/Jim Burns
“We stalled and dropped a few seconds. Its not stalling that is the problem, its starting it again. We are enjoying it more now. Can we have another day?”

79: Emre Yurdakul/Burak Erdener
“It is wet and ruts, full of surprises”

77: Giuseppe Dettori/Marco Corda
“Ok”

76: Craig Breen/Gareth Roberts
“It is quite rough in there, we are keeping it steady as that is all we have to do for the championship”

84: Bader Al Jabri/Stephen McAuley
“It’s very slippery and rough. We kept it in the middle of the road and its much worse than the first time”

70: Daniel Siguroarson/Andrew Sankey
“We hit some rocks quite badly, but it’s a strong car so no damage”

90: Sander Pärn/Ken Järveoja
“Big rocks, very slippery”

87: Tom Cave/Craig Parry
“It was ok, I had a bit of a moment in there because of the conditions”

80: Burcu Cetinkaya/Çiçek Güney
“Still no brakes so steady to the end”

95: Kit Leigh/Tim Leigh
“We absolutely loved it in there, awesome rally. I’ll have to check the bill from this rally to see if we can return next year”

91: Siim Plangi/Marek Sarapuy
“It was ok in there”

92: Mattei Loic/Julien Vial
“This stage is very slippery”

82: Davide Catania/Antonello Moncada
“The weather conditions are very difficult. We have got an overheating problem again but its one big experience”

93: Jean-Thierry Vacheron/Sylvain Trombert
“It is very slippery but I like the feeling of the car sliding”

94: Kenneth Treacy/Martin Comerford
“The car used to be white now it is covered in mud! We really enjoyed it in there, only one more to go”

LAND ROVER CHALLENGE

206: Alan Paramore/Gari Hazelby
“I’m trying to make up for the time we lost going off in the last stage. I’m making it hard work for myself with the problems and pulling Tom Cave out yesterday. At least it is something to talk about!”

205: Duncan Lilwall/Craig Teasdale
“We’re very happy with the time, but glad to get that one over with.”

201: Ewen Christie/Ross Cookman
“It is very rough in there. We’re impressed with our time despite taking it steady”

202: Steve Partridge/Adam Entwhistle
“We had a puncture just over half way through that stage, we only had five pages of pacenotes left out of fourteen so I thought I might as well carry on!”

203: Paul Wright/Tom Aldridge
“We lost the back brakes after a heavy landing over the jump. We are going to try and fix it now, if cannot we will just have to use the gears to slow down on the last stage.”

204: George Morrison/Curtis McKerlie
“It is a lot more serious this time now the end is in sight. As a prime example we took the jump in third gear instead of flat out in fourth despite spectators egging us on!”