Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC team’s Ott Tanak goes into the weekend’s WRC action in Rally Sweden in second place in the overall stands 2s behind leader Teemu Suninen.
Speaking following Friday’s action, Ott Tanak commented saying:
“I really enjoyed it this morning: we had great conditions and it was a pure joy to drive. This afternoon was then completely opposite, but it is often like this on Rally Sweden. It was just about surviving and getting through, and then on the last stage we gave it a push to get closer to the leader. It wasn’t an easy stage with deep snow and with not many studs left on the tyres: I had a couple of moments myself. I think we did all we could today, and tomorrow we should have similar conditions to the drivers we are competing with.”
Kris Meeke goes into the weekend in eighth place 53.1s behind the rally leader and speaking following the action he said:
We struggled for pace this morning but it got better during the afternoon loop. The conditions were really tough. At one moment it looked like Rally GB with all the mud, and the next you’re in deep slush. Unfortunately, a stall at the start of one stage has cost us three positions, and three positions in the road order for tomorrow. There’s still a long way to go though, and tomorrow will be complicated again with the conditions, so let’s see what happens.
In the final stage of the day, Jari Matti Latvala ended up stuck in a snow bank but he will restart the rally on Saturday. Speaking following the action he said:
“For the most part, today was a great day. The car has been really good to drive and I was enjoying a big fight with Teemu Suninen. I was using my tyres a lot which was OK when we had the gravel ruts, but then the last stage was icy with more snow on the top of the surface. I was pushing too hard for the conditions on my used tyres and it caught me out. Now it will be important to get back out there tomorrow and to try and get a good feeling with the driving.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC team principal Tommi Makinen stated:
“It has been a very challenging day with the conditions but our cars have been performing well. What happened to Jari-Matti this evening was disappointing for everybody. He had been doing a very good job. But Ott has also been doing well, especially with his road position, and I think he is in a really good situation for tomorrow. Kris has been feeling good in the car again and the times were coming during the afternoon, when I think his style was suiting the conditions better.”