Hyundai Motorsports Craig Breen in his first rally since April had a fantastic opening day to Rslly Estonia on Friday as he ended the day best of the rest behind Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Team’s Kalle Rovanpera and speaking after ending the day 8.5s behind Rovanpera, Breen who took a stage win said:

“I am very happy with what we’ve achieved today. It’s been a really nice day and we are definitely in the mix. Paul has been awesome in the co-driver’s seat and the car has been amazing all day. The feeling of driving these cars on roads like this is something very special, and even more so this year because the second pass stood up really well. I’ve had a good ding-dong with Kalle all day, it’s a nice fight. It still doesn’t quite feel like home, certainly when you consider these guys are in the WRC cars each event, whereas I am more used to driving the R5. But we have finished today well, and we’ll try to carry this good rhythm into Saturday, with the first two stages completely new.”

Thierry Neuville is third having suffered a puncture during the day and speaking following the action he said:

“With the exception of our puncture in the morning loop, everything was working fine today. We had a good rhythm and could achieve what we set out to. Our target was to catch Sébastien and to increase the gap over him by the end of the day. Of course, we had a small advantage with our road position but it’s definitely going to be a tough fight all weekend. We know the target is to maintain the provisional podium position, to keep the car on the road, and to secure a good result for the team.”

Ott Tanak commented saying:

Unfortunately, we were forced to retire from the rally today after we picked up two punctures in the Kanepi stage. We already had one in the previous run, which cost us time and positions but from the beginning of SS4 I went wide in a corner and, basically, I went into the field. During that I knocked off two tyres, and with no spares it was not possible to continue. The team will prepare the car for us to continue tomorrow.”

Team Principal Andrea Adamo said:

At the end of the day, we are in second and third positions, which is not bad but also not what we were aiming for. Punctures limited our performance, even if I have to say Craig and Paul have done an amazing rally so far, close to the leaders. Thierry and Martijn, too, had a strong afternoon, to make their way back into a provisional podium. Tomorrow will be another long day, with a longer distance of stages, so let’s see what happens.”

Share This