The M-Sport Ford WRC team ended day 2 of the Neste Rally Finland with both of their drivers inside the top ten. Speaking after finishing his day in eighth place Teemu Suninen commented by saying:
“We went a bit softer with the car this morning to try and find some more traction, but it makes the car quite unpredictable. We went back to the base set-up for the afternoon, and that felt better. Now we need to get the confidence to drive on the limits and get the most out of the car.”
Gus Greensmith in the second Ford Fiesta WRC ended the day in ninth place ending up 4:09.7s behind rally leader Ott Tanak of Toyota Gazoo Racing and speaking following his time in the car he said:
It’s been pretty tricky for us out there today. We tried some big set-up changes this morning, but it didn’t work out. The car felt much better in the afternoon and I was really enjoying the driving, but we had to clear a line through the ruts left by the national crews. I know tomorrow’s stages pretty well, so I think I’ll give it bit of a push to see how good I am at cleaning the road – but not too much, because I promised Rich that I would bring the car back in one piece!
M-Spot Ford WRC Team Principal Richard Millener commented saying:
Everyone knows how strong the competition is, and when you pair that with the speeds here in Finland nothing short of perfection will do. We’ve not had that perfection this weekend. I don’t think we’re far off, but in these conditions it really shows and you have to have the confidence to push as hard as the guys up front.
“The team have been working hard to try and rebuild that confidence. We’ve been looking at a few different solutions today, and it was good to see both drivers show some improvements over the afternoon loop. There’s still a way to go, but we’ll keep at it and hope to see some further gains tomorrow.