Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Team’s Kalle Rovanpera led the charge for the Finnish outfit following day one of action at Rally Ypres in Belgium coming home in fourth place and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“Today has been quite demanding with tricky conditions all the time, as we expected. I don’t have so many kilometres on asphalt in this car or with these tyres, and it can be tricky to know the grip level on these stages because it’s changing a lot. I found it easier this evening now that I knew more about the conditions, so I could push a bit more but without taking too much risk and it was quite enjoyable in the car. I could match my team-mates quite well, and the fight is quite hard now for the podium.”

Elfyn Evans who ended the day in fifth place and speaking following the action he said:

“It has not been an easy start to the rally. With changing grip levels and a mix of different surfaces it’s difficult to find confidence. Some sections felt pretty good, but in some sections I struggled to be fully at one with it. I think we got through the first loop quite OK, trying our best to keep in touch with the leaders. This evening I had a pretty good feeling in the car to be honest, but the times seemed to be not as competitive, so we need to understand why that was and try to be better tomorrow morning.”

Sebastien Ogier ended the day in sixth place and speaking about the action he commented saying:

“It was not an ideal start for us today. In the first loop the pace was not great. It was difficult to find grip running first on the road, and I really didn’t expect the dust to play as much of a role as it did. On top of that there was some room for improvement in the setup. In the second loop it was going in the right direction. It’s not perfect yet but we made some steps in the setup which made me feel more and more confident. I still have some ideas for tomorrow to hopefully make another step forward. Now we have to focus on that fight for the podium.”

Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal) said:

“Today was not our strongest day but it also wasn’t the worst. Maybe we are slightly disappointed because we were hoping to be a bit closer to the front, but we always knew that it would be difficult to fight against those who have the experience of this event. Unfortunately you just can’t buy that experience. But we have three drivers who are very close to the podium, and I hope we can put some more pressure on tomorrow. Our drivers all found improvements from the first loop, they were getting a bit more confidence and hopefully we can take that rhythm into tomorrow, which will be another challenging day.”

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