Karl Kruuda Rally d’Italia Sardegna review

Karl Kruuda Rally d’Italia Sardegna review

16.06.2015: Positives for Kruuda despite Sardinia WRC retirement Following his stage-winning performance in Portugal last month,

Positives for Kruuda despite Sardinia WRC retirement


Following his stage-winning performance in Portugal last month, Karl Kruuda had high hopes of more World Rally Championship success on Rally Italia Sardegna (June 11-14).


However, a heavy impact on Friday morning meant no points albeit plenty of useful experience of his new-for-2015 Citroën DS 3 R5.


Kruuda, one of the rising stars of international rallying, was closing on sixth place in the highly competitive WRC2 class when an engine sensor failure – the result of the incident on day one – forced his retirement at the refuel zone prior to stage 16 on Saturday. He restarted on the final day but was unable to go beyond the 22nd stage due to continuing engine problems caused by wiring loom damage following Friday’s setback.


Despite Kruuda’s failure to reach the finish of the punishing gravel rally in the coastal town of Alghero on Sunday afternoon, the 22-year-old Estonian is full of optimism as he prepares for next month’s Rally Poland.


“This is the sport and things like this can happen,” said Kruuda, who is co-driven by compatriot Martin Järveoja. “There was some bedrock on the first stage on Friday. Lots of drivers went over it but when I hit it, it threw the front of the car into the air. I noticed immediately the clutch was stronger and there was tension in the engine and gearbox.


The impact damaged the engine block and there was a chunk missing from the gearbox. When we got to service we thought we would retire pretty quickly because of the damage. But to go on for 200 kilometres shows what a good and strong car the Citroën is and we also managed the fourth fastest time in WRC2 on one stage, which is a positive.”


Kruuda, who won the WRC2 category in Sweden and Finland last season and also claimed the Finnish championship, continued: “Although the result wasn’t what we were looking for, we actually learned quite a lot about the technical side of the car.


We’ve gathered some good information for the rest of the season even though we never got to drive at the top level. There will be times when things don’t go to plan but this is part of the job and you have to accept some days won’t be as good as others.


 But we’re not sad, just happy that we’ve got another rally soon.”


Rally Poland takes place from July 2-5. More information on Karl is available at his new website, www.karlkruuda.com.



 Anthony Peacock, also photo

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16.06.2015 / MaP

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