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8 OCTOBER 2017

ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 POST-RALLY LIEPĀJA QUOTES

Round 6 of 6: Rally Liepāja, 6-8 October

BUǦRA BANAZ (TUR) Position: Seventh
Co-driver: Burak Erdener (TUR) Car: Ford Fiesta R2

“It was an incredible season for us. We made seven races and I don’t expect that at the start of the year. I enjoyed a lot and learned a lot this season. Thank you to my team manager and to my team, Castrol Ford Team Turkey, who gave me this chance and also thanks to my co-driver. We did a great job and I’m very happy. It was a challenging rally, a hard rally for us and we learned a lot on this rally because the surface is totally different to what I’m used to. I’m very happy.”

DOMINIK BROŽ (CZE) Position: DNF (mechanical)
Co-driver: Petr Těšínský (CZE) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“We had problem with water pump belt and I must stop the car because the temperature was very high. The disappointed was big because we had a lot of technical problems this year. Because we retired we lost the Teams’ championship by two points on the last stage. But I was happy with my speed because I did not have so many kilometres on gravel before this rally.”

ALEX FORSSTRÖM (FIN) Position: DNS
Co-driver: Eetu-Pekka Hellsten (FIN) Car: Opel ADAM R2

Did not start for personal reasons

JARI HUTTUNEN (FIN) Position: Fourth
Co-driver: Antti Linnaketo (FIN) Car: Opel ADAM R2

“I was driving in the middle of the road and we got two punctures and I don’t know what happened. We only had one spare so we had to try to continue like this. I’m not happy, this rally was not going so well. The car was good and sometimes we were fast.”

CHRIS INGRAM (GBR) Position: First
Co-driver: Ross Whittock (GBR) Car: Opel ADAM R2

“Can’t describe this feeling. I’ve been working for this moment in the championship for four years and it’s been a hell of a ride. Now I just can’t wait for the future when hopefully I can go onwards and upwards. For young drivers like me it’s so difficult to find the support but Eurosport Events have put up probably the best prize in rallying. It’s not really sunk in that I’ve won yet. It’s unbelievable. I can’t thank the team enough. It’s been an absolutely amazing year with Opel, the car has been perfect. I’m living the dream and I want to thank everybody who helps me go rallying. We had a good battle with Marijan last year and hopefully we’ll be competing against him in the future in an R5 car. Bring it on.”

KRISTÓF KLAUSZ (HUN) Position: Sixth
Co-driver: Botond Csányi (HUN) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“It was quite okay, we had a mistake on the last stage in a fifth-gear corner. We go off the road and it was a problem, we were lucky. I hope to be back next year.”

KAREL KUPEC (CZE) Position: Ninth
Co-driver: Vladimír Osička (CZE) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“It was a very bad rally for me. I’m really disappointed. We had some technical issues on the first day of the rally and today my driving was not very good. But I took it step-by-step and it got better. I hope next year we can be faster.”

FILIP MAREŠ (CZE) Position: Third
Co-driver: Jan Hloušek (CZE) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“It’s been a really difficult rally for me because it was my second proper rally on gravel and definitely it was difficult to be on the pace as Jari and Chris and I have to say I am happy to be at the finish because I went out of the road on the previous stage. I made good progress on this rally but to go faster on gravel I need more kilometres on gravel. But I am quite satisfied to be on the podium at the end of the season because I think nobody expected this at the start although I believed I definitely could be because it’s important to believe in myself. This season couldn’t have been possible without the support of my federation so I want to say big thanks to Autoklub Czech Republic and also to all our sponsors and also my co-driver Honza – well done to him. Everything is open for next year at the moment but I hope we will keep going and I hope to be competing in the European championship next year. It’s a great and highly competitive championship for young drivers. It’s great for developing and improving my driving. Hopefully we will be back next year.”

TAMARA MOLINARO (ITA) Position: Eighth
Co-driver: Martijn Wydaeghe (BEL) Car: Opel ADAM R2

“I’m really learning a lot of things and learned more here than most of the rallies this season. It was a big pleasure to be here but I am sad that I could not bring this car to where it should be as it has a lot of potential but at least my team-mates showed this. I hope to come back next year and be much faster than this. Winning the ERC Ladies’ Trophy is something but I have been three or four seconds per kilometre off the pace and this is not enough for me. When I test I can be so much faster and I want to be fast on the stages as well.”

MĀRTIŅŠ SESKS (LVA) Position: Second
Co-driver: Andris Mālnieks (LVA) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“We could do better but the result after the roll is quite good. We had good speed all weekend and I am pleased with our result at the end. When I rolled I just came a bit too early, just 10 centimetres too early into the corner. It was muddy on the inside and the wheel just spun there and we rolled over. At the first moment I thought it was a heavy crash. I jumped out of the car and realised we could continue. I don’t know what I will do next year but I hope it’s ERC and I can continue to keep learning.”

ALEKS ZAWADA (POL) Position: Fifth
Co-driver: Grzegorz Dachowski (POL) Car: Opel ADAM R2

“It’s been tough, especially to come here for the last round. It’s been a pretty good season for us. For one rally we were leading the championship so there are a lot of positives. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite take it to the end. Two DNFs didn't help and there were rallies we could have won or definitely fought for wins. But we’re happy to be here. We’re at the end of the last rally and I want to thank everybody who helped me out, all the companies, all my friends, all my family, all my team because there have been a lot of people who have made this possible. There’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of sacrifices and I want to thank my wife and my son who put up with me coming away and it’s not easy. We definitely want to continue next year and maybe try to step up. ERC Junior Under 28 would be amazing but as we’ve had financial issues this year I don’t know if it’s going to be doable. But we’re going to do our best and hopefully we can do that and be a bit higher up in the future.”

ENDS

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