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8 MAY 2017

FIA ERC JUNIOR UNDER 27 CHAMPIONSHIP POST-EVENT QUOTES

Round 2 of 6: Rally Islas Canarias, 4-6 May

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

“We had a very good weekend, maximum experience on a very different kind of surface compared to the races we have at home in Turkey, which are on bumpy and dirty roads. Sometimes I lost the grip in the heat but really it was fine, I enjoy it and everything was okay with the car. I learned a lot and that will be good for me the future. But if the Azores was the most difficult rally I have done on gravel then this rally is the most difficult rally I have done on Tarmac.”

SÉBASTIEN BEDORET (BEL) Position: DNF (accident)
Co-driver:
Thomas Walbrecq (BEL) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“The first morning was good for me for my first time in the ERC, only the engine temperature was a problem. But then I do a little mistake on the fourth stage. I was a little bit fast on a left corner and I take the wall in front of me.”

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

“The stages were very difficult, I only had medium suspension – no hard dampers – and the car was very slippery. But it was a big learning for me with more experience over the week. I am very happy we finish and the car is complete. We had a problem with the engine on Friday with the revs going up and down but it was okay after we reset everything. It was a big learning for me and I got more experience over the week. I am very happy we finish and the car is complete.”

MARCOS GONZÁLEZ (ESP) Position: Fourth
Co-driver:
Raquel Ruiz (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“The heat affected my tyres a lot but I don’t drive on Tarmac for a long time. I need to have more kilometres to be perfect. My new co-driver was fine and after a very long and very hard rally I am so happy to finish.”

JARI HUTTUNEN (FIN) Position: Second
Co-driver:
Akki Linnaketo (FIN) Car: Opel ADAM R2

“For sure the feeling is better than the Azores because I finished this time. There are still things to improve, we had some understeer and the tyres were overheating. In the end I was happy with my speed on this rally but not so happy for the mistakes I made. It was a difficult rally but we pushed.”

CHRIS INGRAM (GBR) Position: First
Co-driver:
Elliot Edmondson (GBR) Car: Opel ADAM R2

“The first stage was unbelievable, totally awesome to be 19 seconds quicker than my rivals and we just controlled it from there. It’s been pretty comfortable. I’ve never been one to take risks, I just want to get the win and I’m really happy so thanks to the team. Two out of two, it’s been an awesome start and now bring on Poland. We had one scare after stage three when the car cut out for 20 minutes and I couldn’t get it restarted. I thought the rally was over but it was something to do with the heat and we got it going once it had cooled down. We had a big moment on stage six and I don’t know how we got away with it.”

KAREL KUPEC (CZE) Position: Third
Co-driver:
Ondřej Krajča (CZE) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“It was my first rally on Tarmac for the season but I can’t compare it to anything I have done before. It was a great race and a great day. There were a lot of people and the stages were perfect. I was very satisfied for my team. They do a lot of work after the Azores to repair my car after I crashed. They made great work and it’s unbelievable to be on the podium in our second race.”

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

“It was another new experience for us. Despite the fact we did a lot of events on Tarmac, Canarias was completely different. The Tarmac is very specific and I cannot compare it to any other event I did before. We have started with our rhythm to find the best way how to drive in these conditions. During the race we were gaining more confidence and I was satisfied with our progress. Unfortunately, close to the end of the rally, our Peugeot had a technical problem. We don’t exactly know what was the problem but the car suddenly stopped. It was very sad, it was our first retirement after 17 events in a row. But that is rally."

TAMARA MOLINARO (ITA) Position: Sixth
Co-driver:
Ursula Mayrhofer (AUT) Car: Opel ADAM R2

“I was not really happy with my driving on Friday because of the gap to Chris [Ingram]. I need to be a bit more clever with the brakes and the tyres but it was a lot of learning although I was driving too aggressive to keep sixth position. I was really trying to push.”

CATIE MUNNINGS (GBR) Position: Eighth
Co-driver:
Anne Katharina Stein (DEU) Car: Peugeot 208 R2

“Rally Islas Canarias was not like anything I’d experienced before and it was always going to be difficult. The roads were so crazy, so twisty with incredible levels of grip and it’s really hard to find the limits. We couldn’t test before the rally so I sat in the car for the first time since the Azores at the start of the Qualifying Stage. It was pretty daunting. I tried not to look at the times for the first day because I knew we’d be losing time. The priority was to reach the finish after going off in the Azores. I wanted to get the feeling as fast as I could because the next three rounds are all Tarmac. We felt okay after the first loop but realised I’d written my pacenotes too cautiously – they were slowing us down far too much on many of the medium corners but it would have been a risk to change them during the rally. We did alter a few sections on Friday evening which gave us some confidence on Saturday and we were able to improve the pace. We began the rally around 6.6 seconds per kilometre slower than the fastest ERC Junior Under 27 driver and by the finish we’d got that down to 3.2 seconds per kilometre, so I was happy enough with that given most of my competition has far more experience on this surface. I know what I have to work on before our next rally. I’m obviously very happy to finish and everybody tells me it was big progression throughout the rally. But I feel we can go much faster on this surface. It’s frustrating that I can’t get more seat time to progress but we’ll continue to work with what we have and look forward to every opportunity.”

ALEKS ZAWADA (POL) Position: Ninth
Co-driver:
Kamil Heller (POL) Car: Opel ADAM R2

“About halfway through the third stage on Friday we went a little bit wide and touched the barrier but the damage was not so bad. Apparently at the first split we were four seconds ahead of Chris [Ingram]. I was too careful with my tyres on the first stage but everything was working well, particularly with my co-driver who stepped in at the last moment. Our first stage together was on Thursday so big respect for him to be able to do that and he’s doing a good job. It’s a big shame we didn’t finish the first leg when we had stud failure on the front-right wheel but I attacked on the second day, the pace was pretty good and I won the leg. My home rally, Rally Rzeszow, is next and we have to be stronger because I really can’t let Chris win every rally.”

ENDS​

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ERC Catie Munnings

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ERC Chris Ingram

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ERC Tamara Molinaro

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