Two Cars In The Top Ten For M-Sport In Sweden
The M-Sport Ford WRC team ended Rally Sweden, round 2 of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship season with two cars in the top ten.
Speaking following the action on Sunday, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team principal Richard Millener said:
“It wasn’t the result we wanted, but it’s definitely been a positive weekend. The whole team has been working extremely hard on the development of this car, and it’s great to see that hard work paying off with stage-winning, and rally-winning, pace here in Sweden.
“We’ve witnessed a real coming-of-age performance from Teemu – leading a WRC rally for the very first time and proving that he has the speed to challenge for the top results. Yes he made some mistakes, but that’s part of the game when you’re learning how to push at this level and I was impressed to see how quickly he got back up to speed.of-“We’ve witnessed a real coming-
“Elfyn also had the speed this weekend with three fastest stage times, and he will be kicking himself about that spin on Friday morning! Were it not for that he could have secured quite a comfortable podium, but it was great to see him bounce back after the disappointment in Monte. I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long before he brings home some silverware, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs in Mexico.
“It was a shame that Pontus had some technical issues on Friday morning because that hampered his road position over the next two days. But we still saw some strong times from him. He set a fourth fastest time on Friday afternoon and it would be nice to see him back in the car so that he can continue his development.”
Elfyn Evans ended the event in fifth place overall and speaking following the rally, the Welshman said:
We’ve had very good speed for the most part of this weekend. I would say that we can be happy with 75 percent of the stages we did, but I’m just kicking myself about the other 25 percent which didn’t go quite as well as they should have.
“We had the potential to be on the podium so we are left with a little bit of frustration, but there are still a lot of positives. We’ve made a massive step with the car compared to last year and we already know that we’re competitive on gravel so I’m really looking forward to the upcoming events.”
It was a good event for Pontus Tidemand as he came home inside the top ten in eight place and speaking following the action he said:
“It’s a dream to compete here on my home event with a world rally car. It has been amazing and I want to thank all of the fans and supporters and of course my sponsors as well as the whole M-Sport team and Ola who have done a fantastic job all weekend.
“It was a shame to have had the issues on Friday but these things happen and I have been improving a lot. I’m starting to feel quite comfortable with the aerodynamics and everything and I only wish this event could have been longer!
“I still need some time with this incredible car, and I really hope that we have an opportunity to do some more later in the year.”
Following a promising start to the rally on Friday which saw him leading the event early on, Teemu Suninen was left disappointed with his result and speaking following the event he said:
We had really good pace this weekend, and that gives me a lot of confidence. But there were a couple of mistakes and that means that we come away from this rally with no points.
“I have to work hard for the next event, but I still think there have been a lot of positives this weekend. I led a rally for the first time, and the car felt really good. A big thanks to the team who have been working really hard, and hopefully we can do better in Mexico