M Sport Ford WRC Team’s Teemu Suninen had a solid Saturday in Estonia as he ended the day in sixth place overall and speaking following the action, the Finn said that the conditions were pretty tricky on the gravel stages:
“The morning stages were super-tricky and I overshot one junction and stalled the engine, which cost a few seconds. There was some cleaning and there was always a risk you could break the car or make a mistake. I’ve enjoyed the driving but, honestly, it’s not really been a good day for me. In general, we’ve been lacking in performance so I can’t be satisfied.”
Gus Greensmith has returned to the action having been forced to retire from Friday’s action and speaking following Saturday’s action where he gained valuable experience on the event commented saying:
“It was tricky opening the road this morning like I knew it would be. But comparing my times against those of my team-mate when I was cleaning the road makes me think I did a pretty good job during the morning stages. We weren’t able to find the precision we had with the rear of the car yesterday during the morning loop, so we worked on getting the feeling back this afternoon. Overall, it’s been a tough day although I’m happy with the job I’ve done even though there’s a lot to improve on. We go again tomorrow and that’s the important thing.”
M-Sport Team Principal, Richard Millener, said:
“It’s always a little bit disappointing when you’ve had a bad first day, and when you’re outside the fight, it’s difficult to push with the same level of intensity, which has been the case for Gus and Teemu today. Neither driver can be faulted for what they’ve done today but the road position hasn’t made things easy, particularly on the first two stages this morning, which were really loose. It was also frustrating that they couldn’t take advantage of the fact the stages were new for everybody because of the cleaning they had to do.
“Gus took running first on the road in his stride though and we’ve seen a few promising times and a calm approach. We all know he wanted to be fighting where he should have been before his problems started but it’s just not been possible this weekend due to the engine-related issue we suffered from yesterday.
“It’s important Gus and Teemu got through all the stages today because the experience will be useful for the future and for their confidence going forward.
“Adrien has been involved in an exciting fight for the WRC2 podium and starts the final day firmly in contention for the runner-up spot on roads that are far removed from what he was brought up on. I am pleased Tom got lots of valuable kilometers under his belt today, while also showing some encouraging speed.