Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team’s Sebastien Ogier goes into this weekend’s rally action at the ACI Rally Monza in third place in the overall standings 12s behind event leader Dani Sordo and speaking following the days activity he said:
It has been an eventful day for us. We had good pace but there were also some small mistakes and issues which cost us some time. However, the most important thing is that tonight we are still in the fight for the win and that’s what matters. Tomorrow there is going to be even more room to make differences with our rivals with the very tricky conditions that await us in the mountains. Our road position should be good as well if there is fresh snow. Let’s see what we can do.
Elfyn Evans goes into the weekend in fourth place overall. The Welshman continues to the championship as he aims to secure his first World Rally Championship title. Speaking following the action he said:
“Overall, today’s been reasonably OK. There’s been no mistakes, and no time lost. Perhaps it was not spectacularly fast either, but I feel that in the difficult conditions it was important to strike a balance between going quickly and also not making mistakes. We’ve seen a lot of standing water, especially in the ruts throughout the second pass of the stages, so that’s been tricky. It looks like we’re going to have another very challenging day tomorrow. It’s been winter conditions out on the the stages today but I believe it’s changing hourly, so we have to wake up in the morning and see what awaits us.”
Kalle Rovanpera goes into the weekend in sixth place, 24.8s behind Sordo and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“I think the plan today was to drive without any big risks, and we didn’t do any mistakes, basically. There was only one bad stage time on the second stage this morning where we lost a bit too much; otherwise it was quite good. The conditions were extremely tricky with the standing water. In the afternoon it was starting to be really difficult, but we chose the snow tyre like many of the others and it worked really well. Tomorrow is going to be really tricky: I think we have to see the conditions in the morning and then we decide what we do in terms of tyre strategy.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Principal Tommi Makinen commented on the action saying:
“It was a very tricky day and I knew that quite a lot would happen out there in such difficult conditions. But all of our drivers did a very good job, no question about it. They didn’t make any big mistakes and that was very important today, and we have three drivers all still in the fight on the rally. But there is still a long way to go and I’m sure that the championships will not be decided until the Power Stage on Sunday, especially with what is to come tomorrow on the mountain roads.”