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Elsewhere end of day 1 quotes from Sardegna

Elsewhere end of day 1 quotes from Sardegna

18.10.2012: Rally Italia Sardegna 2012 Mads ōstberg, Adapta World Rally Team, Ford Fiesta RS WRC (5th) "Today was

Rally Italia Sardegna 2012



Mads Østberg, Adapta World Rally Team, Ford Fiesta RS WRC (5th) "
Today was quite OK. The first stage [SS1] was really good up until about three kilometres before the end when we hit a rock on the inside of a corner. We didn’t have it in the pacenotes so I don’t know if it had been dragged out or if we missed it on the recce.


But we hit it, spun, bent the steering arm and damaged the cross-member on the front-left corner. At the time, we only noticed the problem with the steering arm so we bent it back to almost straight and thought it was OK. We didn’t know about the cross member for SS2 and the car felt really strange and it was really crazy. But we managed to finish the stage and we will fight back tomorrow.”


Martin Prokop, Ford Fiesta RS WRC (10th
) "We chose the hard tyres so it was quite slippery and the soft tyre was for sure the better choice. We had a lot of wheel spin and a lot of troubles under braking, but we still survived and will fight back tomorrow.”


Karl Kruuda, Ford Fiesta S2000 (13th)
“We caught four slower cars on the two stages today, so that was not good at all really. We had to pass them on the high speed sections and it cost us about 30 seconds in total. Obviously I am not so happy with that, but everything else is OK.


Everything seems to be OK with the car, but on the second stage I just concentrated on finishing and not pushing at all because I knew I was just going to catch the cars in front anyway. But these things happen and we will just concentrate on having a good day tomorrow.”


Louise Cook, Ford Fiesta ST (36th)
“It has been OK today, although I am really struggling with the surface. I’ve never driven on anything like this before. It is practically sand so we have to try and figure out which parts have grip and which parts are going to be really slippery – all at high speed.


I am just using this as a learning experience and we won’t be looking at the times too much on this event. The one thing I have learnt from coming to these events is that you can never perform to the best of your ability first time around!”



Anna Louise Rudd , photo M-Sport

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