The M-Sport Ford WRC Team endured a disappointing end to Rally Finland on Sunday as Teemu Suninen ended the event in eighth place while in only his second outing with the team, Gus Greensmith was forced to retire from the race. Speaking following the event Team Principal at M-Sport Richard Millener commented saying:
This hasn’t been our event, but we’ll come back stronger in Germany. I don’t think we’re far off the pace, but this is a rally where you need total confidence to push the limits and Teemu just hasn’t had that this weekend. It’s hard for him not to be challenging for the top results at his home rally, but we know what he’s capable of – he has the speed and we’ll come back fighting.
“Gus was delivering another solid performance on only his second time in a world rally car – and keeping Teemu honest in the process! He had a tough day opening the road yesterday, but he got the experience he needed and was on course for a good finish. It’s a real shame what happened today, but it’s all part of the learning game.
Teemu Suninen commented on the rally saying:
It’s always fun driving in Finland, but it’s been frustrating to look at the times this weekend. We know that we have the pace, but this wasn’t our weekend. We weren’t able to challenge for the top positions, and have some homework to do before the next one.
Gus Greensmith commented on his day saying:
I thought I heard a pacenote that I knew I didn’t have in that stage [Ruuhimäki, SS21]. At that point I got distracted, tried to read the road, and then missed the braking for a sharp left. I tried to pull it round, but hit the tree and took the wheel off. It’s disappointing, but Elliott [Edmondson, co-driver] and myself are both okay which is obviously the most important thing.