The M Sport Ford WRC Team had a promising start as the World Rally Championship got back underway for the first time in nearly six months in Estonia on Saturday.
Speaking following Saturday’s action, M Sport Ford WRC Team Principal Richard Millener commented saying:
It was great to see Esapekka showing the pace of the Fiesta with that fastest stage time on Friday night, but once today’s action got underway things got pretty tough for us. We’ve not had as much running as the other guys, but we were still hoping for a bit more to be honest.
“We’re not where we wanted to be, but when you’re not in the fight and lacking some confidence it’s so hard to find those extra tenths that make the difference – especially at these speeds when those tenths are only magnified.
“Adrien has however delivered a really promising performance in WRC 2 which was fairly impressive when you consider that this is only his fifth gravel rally with the four-wheel-drive Fiesta. It was a shame about the puncture, but he’s going up against some big names when it comes to fast gravel rallies and on course for another strong result.
“And finally, I think I speak for the whole team when I say how great it’s been so see rallying back on our screens! The organisers have done a fantastic job this weekend, and the rally is delivering some thrilling action out on the stages!”
Esapekka Lappi who finished seventh on Saturday commented saying:
It’s good to be back behind the wheel, but it’s not been an easy day for sure. It felt good to set the fastest time last night, but we weren’t able to continue that today. We’ve been trying to keep the speed up, but it’s been difficult. Now we just need to be smart and see what we can learn to improve tomorrow.”
Teemu Suninen ended the day in eighth place and speaking following his day in the car he said:
It’s good to be back in the rally, but we’re not where we wanted to be this weekend. After a long break without driving it took a while to get back into the rhythm. Once we did that the driving actually felt quite good, but still we were missing something. We will try a few things tomorrow – with the car and with the driving – and hopefully we can make some improvements.
Gus Greensmith ended the day in tenth place and speaking following the action he said:
Any day in a rally car is a good day, but I was hoping for a little bit more to be honest. Realistically we knew it would be tough, and after the first few stages I knew that I just had to focus on my own rally. I wanted to progress and that’s what we did. We were about a second a kilometre off my team mates in the morning, and by the afternoon we’d got that down to two tenths – so I’m happy with that, but there is still more to find