Hyundai Motorsports Craig Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle continued to impress in Rally Estonia on Saturday as they lead the Hyundai charge in second place overall, 50.7s behind event leader Kalle Rovanpera.
Speaking following the action, Breen said:
“We have completed the day relatively unscathed, and I think we can be happy with what we’ve achieved. Given our experience, it was always going to be tough, but we’ve tried to feel more comfortable in the car. It still feels a bit alien at times, and we haven’t been able to let it go full banzai. We have to realistic and happy; it’s been a good weekend so far. The splits on the faster sections have been good, it’s in the narrower parts where we need to gain additional confidence. These things take time and ultimately when you’re rallying with people who have been in the car week-in, week-out, it’s tough.”
Thierry Neuville enjoyed a great Saturday and was able to consolidate third place in the rally going into Sunday’s final day and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was a positive day for us. We had a good, clean rhythm in the car, always controlling the speed and able to gradually build up our advantage over Ogier. We had a decent run through today’s stages, which included some tricky new tests. We played things sensibly as it’s crucial to stay in the game. Third place overnight is not a bad result, but there is still a day to go. We need to keep clear of mistakes, avoid any issues and try to bring back some good points for the team.”
Ott Tanak returned to the event having been forced to retire on Friday and took an incredible six-stage victories on Saturday and speaking following the action the Estonian said:
Everything has gone fine today, with no major issues. We might not be in the fight for victory, but we have still had some fun on these stages. We have tried to keep a good rhythm. In the second loop, the stages were quite demanding, but the car was working well, and we had an OK feeling. I kept going as best I could, and we were able to set some good times. If you take it slow, it’s not as interesting. We have also used the day to learn some things.
Shell Mobis Hyundai Motorsports WRC Team Principal Andrea Adamo commented saying:
I have to say it’s been a nice Saturday; we have shown a good performance with Ott throughout the day. Of course, it poses the question of what might have been, but we can’t do anything about that now, so we have to focus on here and now. We find ourselves in second and third, good positions which we have to defend tomorrow. For today, I reflect on the positive way in which our team has worked together, something that makes me very proud.