Hyundai Motorsports Dani Sordo comtinues to lead Rally Italia Sardegna on Saturday following a further two stage wins in Stage 7 and 8.
Sordo is 31.3s ahead of Sebastien Ogier with Thierry Neuville and Teemu Suninen in third and four respectively.
Elfyn Evans is fifth overall. Speaking following this morning’s stage the drivers said:
Car #18 T. Katsuta – D. Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC): “It is very slippery, We need to open the road so that’s the reason. I am so surprised. ”
Car #69 K. Rovanpera – J. Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC): “It is a day for cleaning for us, it is the first time for me in these conditions just after one car. It is slippery and we just drive quite carefully”
Car #8 O. TÃ¤nak – M. JÃ¤rveoja (Hyundai i20 CoupÃ© WRC): “I had the early morning sun into the face and low grip but it is OK”
Car #7 P.L. Loubet â€“ V. Landais (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “” [FIA impact sensor flashing – rear left off the rim]
Car #44 G. Greensmith – E. Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC): “For some reasons there was no time coming up on the dash. So there was a bit of confusion and we started a bit late and we were struggling with the two [spare] tyres”
Car #33 E. Evans – S. Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC): “All OK, decent run. Quite difficult in places with the low sun but all OK”.
Car #17 S. Ogier – J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC): “[The objective for today?] to finish as high as I can”.
Car #11 T. Neuville – N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “Obviously carrying a second spare wheel is not an advantage now, but hopefully on the total of the loop if the temperature increases my tyres should be better and I hope to get an advantage. We will have to see at the end of the loop”.
Car #3 T. Suninen – J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC): â€œI did my best. There are 2-3s that I could drive better, but that is not enoughâ€�.
Car #6 D. Sordo – C. Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): â€œI saw a cow in the middle of the road and did not know what to do, I was a little bit scared. With the sun I also lost a bit of time, but it is OKâ€�.
Speaking after SS8 they said:
Car #18 T. Katsuta – D. Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC): “Very slippery. It is a kind of good experience for me. Opening the road is not easy now I understand why the top guys are complaining in the first day”
Car #69 K. Rovanpera – J. Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC): [OUT of the car, he had an accident, some damages on the rear-left are visible]
Car #8 O. TÃ¤nak – M. JÃ¤rveoja (Hyundai i20 CoupÃ© WRC): “Kalle had an accident, they are out of the car in a very bad place. Not so nice at this speed between these trees”
Car #7 P.L. Loubet â€“ V. Landais (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “I touched the rear again” [more damage to the rear of the car]
Car #44 G. Greensmith – E. Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC): “It was better in here to be fair, we made some changes in between the stages. But it is not all down to the tyres, my pace notes were just not good enough in the first one. We need to improve a bit more. But if we can get to it quickly, then everything is fine”
Car #33 E. Evans – S. Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC): “We are trying everything we can, the car is working well so we just try to drive as well as possible and give it a good go”.
Car #17 S. Ogier – J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC):”No small things, it was more slippery than expected. CoulD have been better. I am trying and will keep pushing”.
Car #11 T. Neuville – N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “I thought tyre wear could be a problem. I think with 5 [so only 1 spare] it would have been better. Maybe I slowed down too much where Rovanpera went off. We did not have info on what happened and I saw him making big signs so probably I slowed down too much as well”
Car #3 T. Suninen – J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC): â€œNothing is going on, I tried to make a junction use handbrake to rotate the car and I did not have the handbrake so I needed to reverseâ€�
Car #6 D. Sordo – C. Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): â€œ[The damage to the rear right of the car] was from the stage beforeâ€�.
Car #23 P. Tidemand – P. Barth (Å koda Fabia R5): â€œIt is very long, It is the first time I did the stages I hope it will be easier the second time. There is a lot of cleaning going on. We just need to have the focus and keep goingâ€�
Car #25 A. Fourmaux – R. Jamoul (Ford Fiesta R5): â€œâ€� [does not speak]
Car #28 E. Bynildsen – I. Minor (Å koda Fabia R5):â€œTo be honest it has been a struggling weekend so far. The times are there. We need to keep an eye on the guys behind. We are improving, but I think the guys behind will be faster for sureâ€�
Car #27 O. C. Veiby – J. Andersson (Hyundai i20 R5): â€œAbout the boot I do not know, maybe we forgot to close it. We were working a bit on the car so maybe we forgot. The puncture, I really do not know where I got it. It is frustratingâ€� [puncture and boot open]
Car 24 M. Ostberg – T. Eriksen (CitroÃ«n C3 WRC): â€œ[the door?]I do not know. I think it is a technical issue, a failure of the door knob [joking]. I am testing now, that makes me happy, we are trying different things on the car and trying to enjoy it. This was a rally we could win and it is a shame what happened yesterday. It is one of those rallies where everything goes wrongâ€�