Kalle Rovapera says that it has been a really nice day in Estonia as he heads into the weekend’s action with an 8.5s lead over Hyundai’s Craig Breen. Speaking following Friday’s action the Toyota Gazoo Racing driver said:

“It’s tight – the gap is virtually nothing,”. “Craig has been doing really nice times, so tomorrow will be a big fight. There were many jumps and many of them you can really enjoy. Some you have to go quite big and it’s a bit harsh in the car.”

The Finn went on to say:

“It has been a really nice day today. We were pushing really hard all the time and almost always on the limit. I did start a bit more carefully in the first stage this morning, and then I tried to clean up the driving and be fast all the time. It’s been a nice battle, I’m really enjoying it. The gap is really small still and I’m sure that tomorrow will be another big fight. Generally the feeling is good, and I hope we can do something with the setup to find more grip for the second pass than we had this afternoon.”

Championship leader Sebastien Ogier ended the day in fourth place overall and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“I am extremely happy with my day today. I have been on the limit, the car was working well and no mistakes. I couldn’t really have expected better from this day. There was very loose gravel so being where we are tonight, only six seconds off the podium, is really good. I’ve enjoyed the day. Now we have to carry on with the same rhythm tomorrow. It will be challenging with new stages and some different characteristics, so it won’t be easy, but let’s see what we can do with a much better road position.”

Elfyn Evans ended his day in fifth place overall and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“It’s not been the day we wanted. This morning I made a couple of clumsy mistakes in the second stage and gave away quite a lot of time, and in this rally you can’t really afford to do that. Apart of that, it’s been going OK but I haven’t been fully at one with everything. The car has the pace to do it but it’s just not quite clicking for me at the moment. We’ll make some minior changes tonight to try and find some more confidence, and I’m looking forward to a new challenge tomorrow.”

Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal)

“It has been a very good day for the team in general. This is like a second home rally for Kalle and we knew he’d be fast here, but he has been even better than I expected today. So far it’s been a very mature drive under pressure and it’s good to see, especially after the tough run he’s been on in recent events. With the hot weather there’s been a lot of loose gravel, so Seb has done a really excellent performance as the first car on the road, and Elfyn is not too far behind him even though he lost some time in the morning. Finally, it was very unfortunate that Takamoto and Dan’s rally had to end so early, but the most important thing is that Dan is fine.”

 

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