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8 OCTOBER 2017

ERC JUNIOR UNDER 28 POST-RALLY LIEPĀJA QUOTES

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

NIKOLAY GRYAZIN (RUS) Position: First
Co-driver: Yaroslav Fedorov (RUS) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

“It was good and a good present for me on my birthday. The last stage I did not push because I understood the gap was 20s. All race was quite okay, some places were at the limit, some places Kalle [Rovanperä] was really fast but I’m happy that I take him. I know how to drive these roads, the conditions were not so good and I don’t drive in wet conditions so much but it was easier for me. The feeling was getting better and better. I’m very glad I did not crash and finished with a good result. The fire [in Greece] was a big disappointment, we couldn’t do anything and we lost so much money. There were some crashes and mistakes but this was my ‘home’ rally and I must win. I tried and I’m really happy. I am not sure about next year but soon we will say. I am pleased how I have progressed in my first season in an R5 car. I hope I can continue to progress also in the future.”

PEPE LÓPEZ (ESP) Position: DNF (accident)
Co-driver: Borja Rozada (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 T16

“This is how tricky the rallies can be. You go through lots of dangerous corners without problem, but then in a slow one it can happen the unexpected. We hit a stake that was inside a corner, broke the steering and we run straight off the road, falling in the ditch and rolling over several times. I’m sorry for the team. They did such a great job I wanted to aim high in this race.”

RALFS SIRMACIS (LVA) Position: DNS
Co-driver: Artūrs Šimins (LVA) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

Did not start for financial reasons

JOSÉ SUÁREZ (ESP) Position: Second
Co-driver: Cándido Carrera (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 T16

“We are happy for the second position in ERC Junior Under 28 here, for the final podium and for having been able to take the Peugeot 208 T16 to the finish line. But it’s been a bit disappointing for us that we couldn’t finish higher. At least we had the chance sometimes to show our speed and fight with the top guns in some of the stages.”

ENDS

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