The M Sport Ford WRC Team endured a difficult opening day to Rally Estonia on Friday with Gus Greensmith forced to retire from the day and speaking following the action he said:
“We had a very good start to the day with the fifth fastest time, which I was very pleased with because it was a big improvement on where we were last year, so I felt like I was doing a very good job in the car. It was the same going into the second stage of the loop but, unfortunately, we had a failure related to the engine. We managed to nurse it through but eventually we had to retire in the third stage of the loop because it was more than likely going to cause damage to the engine and risk whether we would be able to compete for the rest of the weekend. I’m very disappointed but let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
Teemu Suninen in the second Fiesta WRC goes into the weekend in sixth place overall and speaking following Friday’s action he commented saying:
“It was generally and okay day. I did my best, but we had quite a challenging day. Tomorrow we try to do good job with no mistakes.”
M Sport Ford WRC Team Principal Richard Millener commented saying:
It certainly hasn’t been the day we were hoping for and it’s really disappointing that we’ve not been able to build on our momentum from Safari Rally Kenya, where we recorded our best result of the season so far.
“We’ve had two separate engine-related issues with Gus and Teemu. Gus had to retire but will restart tomorrow and Teemu is, of course, not where he should be in terms of the overnight result.
“It’s been really hard for Gus because his time on the first stage this morning and his speed up until the problem occurring on SS3 was really good and we can only apologise to him and Chris. We never want our drivers to have problems and it’s also very disappointing for the team, who are working so hard. It’s important that Gus can start again tomorrow because he showed so much promise this morning and we know what he’s capable.
“Teemu was unlucky with the puncture and also had some engine-related problems of his own to contend with. But he’s on course to finish in the top six, which is encouraging.
“Adrien and Tom are both on course to score important points in WRC2 with Adrien less than eight seconds off the podium in fourth. We’re all pleased the hard work Tom put in before the rally is already paying off and the experience he’s gaining is really good for him