FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 7 of 8, PZM Rally Poland, 21-23 September 2018
Podium, Mikołajki Main Square, 18h30, 23 September
Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (Sports Racing Technologies), first position
Jari Huttunen/Antti Linnaketo (BRC Racing Team), second position
Chris Ingram/Ross Whittock (Toksport WRT), third position
Your second career victory in the FIA European Rally Championship and your first on PZM Rally Poland, how pleased are you?
I’m really happy because I didn’t expect to win this rally. I wanted to win the ERC Junior U28 [classification] but I was able to win [overall] so it’s really good for me. We had a few problems. On the last loop we had no tyres and we just had to survive, so it was a bit advantage for Jari Huttunen because he had better tyres. It was our mistake. He had a penalty, I’m really sorry for him but that gave me the chance to win. Honestly, he was really fast. I hope in the future we’re going to have a fight with him again. On the second loop I understood that he will be faster. For sure it was difficult but I just calmed down because I had to have good points in U28, so I was even prepared not to win.
How did you find the last loop of the rally?
I really enjoyed the stages. I pushed really hard, in one corner we went too flat out. I think it was good weekend, we enjoy driving here. It was full attack all the time.
Why did you get a 10s penalty?
We changed one part and it took a bit longer than we expected.
What were your expectations before the rally?
We come here without any tests but I know we can improve. I also knew It will be difficult to fight with [Nikolay] Gryazin. Normally I like high-speed gravel rallies so I thought it can be good.
Before the rally did you expect such a result?
If you said we’ll be on the podium in the end, I would have taken it, so I’m really happy. It’s an amazing feeling to finally get my first international podium. I haven’t got any experience driving an R5 car on such a fast stages so we’re really happy with the pace. Obviously, the top two guys were in a league of their own and I think we’ve done our best and we’re really pleased. I learned so much this weekend. In the quali we were eighth or ninth so we’ve improved all the time which is amazing. I want to do a rally again… next week. Massive thanks to the team and all my sponsors.
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