A Disappointing Day For Suninen In Sweden

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M-Sport Ford WRC Team driver Teemu Suninen in the Ford Fiesta WRC went into Saturday’s action at Rally Swden leading the event following an extremely strong Friday however it was a tough second day for Suninen as during the event he hit a tree and bent the roll cage of the Fiesta WRC and was forced to retire for the day but will be back in action for the final day on Sunday.

Speaking about his day, Suninen commented by saying:

We made some mistakes today but I think this weekend has still been a positive one. Last year we were struggling quite a lot with the pace, but this year we were able to increase the speed and fight for the top positions.

“The pace has been really good all weekend. Of course we shouldn’t have made these mistakes, but there were a lot of mistakes from a lot of drivers in these difficult conditions – and it is better to have the pace and improve the consistency. 

“The performance has given me a lot of confidence and I need to push more and prepare even harder for the next rallies. I want to thank the team – not only for repairing the car today – but also because everyone is pushing in the right direction and the car feels really good.

Elfyn Evans goes into the final day in fifth place overall and speaking following his time in the car he said:

“There was more time to be found out there today and although we had some good stages it was disappointing to lose so much time on some of the others. Tomorrow is a new day and we’ll keep fighting and looking forward.”

Pontus Tidemand ended the day in eighth place overall on Saturday and speaking following the action in Sweden he said:

I started to feel very comfortable in the car this afternoon so I am happy for that. But with this road position it was not so easy to get close to the top times. Hopefully if we have some freezing temperatures tonight, tomorrow will be a bit better for us.

M-Sport Ford WRC Team Principal Richard Millener commented on the days action in Sweden saying:

Today wasn’t quite as good as yesterday! Obviously it was a shame to lose Teemu from the fight at the front, but we’re still really impressed with his performance. Accidents happen, but his times were incredible. It was good to see how quickly he was able to get back on the pace after the mistakes, and this should give him a lot of confidence for the rallies to come.

“Unfortunately his second mistake proved rather more costly than his first and there was some damage to the rollcage which meant he had to come straight back to service. As we manufacturer our own rollcages we’re allowed to make the repair ourselves – so long as it can be done in three hours and the FIA are happy. 

“Our mechanics love a challenge and they’ve excelled themselves with this one. It’s not an easy thing to do, but that’s why they’re the best mechanics in the business – and they’ve deserved a couple of beers tonight!

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