WRC – Rally Italia Sardegna – Press Convention
FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Staff
Kris Meeke (GBR) Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Staff
Teemu Suninen (FIN), M-Sport Ford World Rally Staff
Esapekka Lappi (FIN), Citroën Whole World Rally Staff
Thierry Neuville, we can’t come to this occasion and never replicate again on final season and the epic battle that performed out on the ultimate day. Do you assume will probably be a superb battle once more?
Thierry Neuville: It was definitively a superb battle final 12 months! If we might get such an intense battle this weekend, we’ll definitively go for it. I had thrilling instances right here in Sardinia and I feel we are able to anticipate comparable instances this weekend. It’ll be a tricky occasion for everyone, however an fascinating one, as a result of we’ve got to combat for the championship. We’ve a superb highway place on Friday, so we’re definitively going for all or nothing. The combat goes to be intense, additionally for the three title contenders, we’ll see the match within the entrance.
The climate circumstances this time are very totally different from final 12 months: very dry. Have the phases modified in nature in comparison with final 12 months?
TN: I feel the climate circumstances are a bit higher this 12 months, so there ought to be much less cleansing than up to now, however nonetheless we’re going to battle – the primary automobile particularly. We’ve the benefit on my predominant contenders, that is why I have to be centered on the tyres and attempt to be quicker than them. With a superb tyre technique, we should always have the ability to have a superb tempo and possibly a greater highway place for Saturday.
Kris Meeke, Sardinia hasn’t modified a lot since final 12 months, however in fact we didn’t see you right here final 12 months. The itinerary has not modified a lot, how are you feeling heading into this one?
Kris Meeke: Sure, such as you mentioned I used to be not right here final 12 months, it was additionally not a part of my program in 2016… Latest expertise I haven’t a lot on this island… I’m acquainted with it, I’ve been right here in my days competing within the FIA Junior World Rally Championship, however these phases round Alghero I have never completed so many instances. That is one occasion I feel through the years that will be slightly tougher for me by way of expertise however… I come from Portugal the place I made a mistake within the final stage, it was a second, okay, however we’ve got to assume optimistic. Portugal was most likely my strongest occasion in a very long time, we simply attempt to proceed with that rhythm and take the optimistic from Portugal and attempt to implement this right here. However, as I mentioned, my expertise right here on these roads will not be so nice. However nonetheless, we’re in the midst of the pack on Friday… You don’t solely need to be clear right here on Friday, you must be clear all through the rally. There are numerous little locations and corners, we all know we’ve got to be tidy all the way in which although.
You talked in regards to the optimistic which definitely have been your tempo in Portugal. You mentioned you felt confortable on arduous compound tyres, how a lot of tyres is it going to be, for example, a little bit of a head ache this weekend, making an attempt to get which compound is true between the medium and the arduous?
KM: Sure, it’s a problem… I used to be not right here final 12 months, however clearly I adopted, I’ve learn all the data… With these temperatures, I feel for me the selection strikes from the afternoon loop to the morning loop. For the blokes on the entrance it is fairly easy, they’ll go together with the softer choice within the morning, however even if you’re beginning in direction of the again of the top-ten within the morning, it may be troublesome to hold a full set of medium. So I feel I’ll have this determination to make within the morning. I feel that within the afternoon, will probably be fairly clear, however the morning is the place the choice will have to be made.
Esapekka Lappi, Meeke talked about errors that he made in Portugal, much like you on the ultimate day after what had been a robust efficiency from you in your Citroën. You advised me afterwards that you simply felt beneath main stress to ship a end result. Now that we’ve had two weeks since that occasion, do you continue to fill that method or has it eased slightly?
Esapekka Lappi: Everyone is aware of – or they’ll guess – for certain, that it hasn’t gone away. After what occurred on Sunday, it’s nonetheless the identical stress, or much more. It is not been the 12 months for me, I have never actually delivered something, so I want to lastly attempt to ship one thing again for the staff.
Just like Kris, the optimistic was your tempo. We noticed the “outdated Esapekka Lappi” come again in Portugal. Are you proud of the modifications which have been made to the automobile, the instances have been coming by way of, that is a superb optimistic transferring ahead?
EP: Clearly, we had fairly a robust Saturday. Additionally on the Friday, the pace was probably not dangerous, so we have to take the optimistic from Portugal. This rally has been fairly good up to now two years, so it is good to be right here.
Are you able to describe the change that has occurred with the automobile that’s making you extra assured?
EP: We modified rather a lot, we elevated the locking on the entrance, fairly a giant quantity truly. And that was the important thing.
Teemu Suninen, we see huge modifications for you heading into this occasion with a brand new co-driver on board within the form of the very skilled Jarmo Lehtinen, who used to sit down alongside Mikko Hirvonen. Firstly, why the change?
TS: I’ve to say that, throughout this season, I nonetheless felt like a fairly unexperienced driver. It is nice to have some skilled that may give you some suggestions. Good expertise for me, I wish to be a sort of pupil, the man who’s studying. At this level of my profession, I’ve to be taught as a lot as potential.
So have you ever observed a change already? Are you feeling possibly extra assured, even after Shakedown with Jarmo alongside you?
TS: Sure, I really feel extra assured now, however nonetheless it isn’t simple to alter co-driver as a result of the voices are totally different and so forth so I have to get used to it. At Shakedown, the sensation was good, however we all know Shakedown is a unique story from the rally.
What is the hope and the target this weekend for Mr.Suninen and Mr. Lehtinen now?
TS: We noticed one thing in Portugal, like Friday we have been combating for third place. Combating then for second… So we’ll attempt to do one thing comparable. However in fact, it’ll be troublesome with these guys. It is going to be a decent combat and the Friday is the actually essential day regarding the beginning place for the following days.
You talked about me earlier there’s a little age distinction between you and Jarmo. You might be 25, so he’s double your age. However he advised me as we speak that despite the fact that he’s older than your dad, your style in music is fairly comparable, so the highway part ought to be okay, proper?
TS: Sure that’s true! Truly I’ve by no means seen that one man that may get twenty years youthful in sooner or later simply by getting again in a rally automobile! He’s nonetheless a younger boy, very desirous about rally!
FIA WRC 2 PRO CHAMPIONSHIP
Kalle Rovanperä (FIN), Škoda Motorsport
Mads Østberg (NOR), Citroën Whole
Kalle Rovanperä, we noticed an excellent run of occasions in FIA WRC 2 Professional, nice run of success up to now, however now we switched base in Sardinia – a extremely robust occasion, very fast… How are you feeling about your probabilities this week?
Kalle Rovanperä: It has been going very well within the earlier occasions. It is the primary time on this tough occasion, so we’ll see the way it goes. If I could be light sufficient with the automobile and tyres, hopefully we gained’t have any issues. However it’ll be fairly troublesome on these phases as a result of it’s actually slender and difficult. And I feel I haven’t got a lot expertise on slender roads.
Do you assume you could be light on the automobile?
KR: I will attempt however I do not know.
From what you have got seen out on the recce, how a lot of a problem do you’re feeling it’ll be for you?
KR: It’ll be actually difficult as a result of I’m used to wider and flowing phases. Right here it is on a regular basis difficult and slender, so you must be actually exact together with your notes and you do not have an excessive amount of house to do any errors or something. So will probably be a fairly difficult one.
How do you’re feeling it went on Shakedown this morning?
KR: Shakedown was good, there was extra grip than anticipated, so whether it is like that within the rally, it’ll be fairly fulfilling to drive.
Mads Østberg, the person who has quite a lot of expertise right here in Sardinia, we noticed you full the occasion fifth total final 12 months. We noticed you in Portugal a few weeks in the past with a number of dramas for you out of your management as properly… Are you assured that you’re going to go on this rally problem-free?
Mads Østberg: We try to enhance. All of the season, I feel we caught out with issues we should always not have had, it has been the identical for the previous couple of rallies, truly. I feel we tried to kind them out. The problems in Portugal got here from the punctures, we thought that they got here from the fault on the facet of the rim. We’ve new rims on the way in which, so Citroën did a superb job to re-design them and attempt to produce the edges. That is the largest enchancment that we’ve got from Portugal and hopefully new rims can maintain us out of hassle after which we could be quick.
Can they make it for tonight if they’re nonetheless on the way in which?
MO: I don’t know. Italians are fairly quick, I see them driving round on their small Fiats, sideways on the roads, so hopefully there’s some loopy native along with his little Punto with rims for me!
You’ve got nice expertise on this island, taking good leads to the years. Inform me what you must do to get good outcomes as a result of it’s a tough rally, however it’s additionally exceptionally fast. How do you deal with that steadiness?
MO: It is fairly a giant swap from the primary to the second cross. The rally is very nice on the primary cross as a result of the phases are quick and flowing and you may evaluate it to quite a lot of different rallies, however it develops rather a lot from the second cross, the place it will get actually tough. The tyre put on is excessive and you must watch out of your tyres and attempt to keep out of punctures, that is the important thing, particularly now in FIA WRC 2 with barely softer tyre which puncture extra simply than what I’m used to. My pace-notes are totally different from the previous.
FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP
Fabio Andolfi (ITA)
Nikolay Gryazin (RUS)
Fabio Andolfi, it’s a house occasion for you however firstly, it was a unique co-driver for you on the primary run of Shakedown as we speak, with America Cup’s helmsman Jimmy Spithill – how was that and did he get pleasure from it?
Fabio Andolfi: This morning the primary cross of the Shakedown with Jimmy with out my notes was slightly troublesome for me, however it was okay.
Speak to me about your expectations. You’ve gained right here in FIA WRC three however not in FIA WRC 2, what are you hoping for right here, Fabio?
FA: To win!
Have been you proud of the automobile this morning at Shakedown when your co-driver Simone Scattolin was within the automobile?
FA: Sure, we’re pleased. The automobile is working properly, we did two check days in Could and the Monday check was okay. And my feeling with the automobile is nice.
Nikolay Gryazin, we noticed you competing in Portugal, we noticed good tempo coming from you there and also you talked about you wished extra. Are you cheerful together with your efficiency in Portugal?
Nikolay Gryazin: Positive. That is my first time in FIA WRC 2, it is about acknowledging these roads and gaining expertise with that. For certain I wish to attempt to enhance and discover the pace, so we work rather a lot, and I hope to enhance in every race. However for certain this 12 months it isn’t simple to go quick as a result of there are too many kilometres in a single rally, you simply have to be assured. So for this reason our technique is to push in locations the place you may and in some troublesome locations watch out. And the purpose is to complete and get expertise on this rally.
Each rally is a brand new expertise for you, what do you consider the Sardinian phases if you noticed them on the recce?
NG: It’s not common. In some locations it’s robust, in some locations tough, there are lots of stones, I feel on the second cross all rocks are sideways, it’s slightly scary for punctures and it’s potential to make errors prefer to go off highway. It’s not simple, you actually have to be very exact.
FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP
Julius Tannert (DEU)
Enrico Oldrati (ITA)
Final time we noticed you guys was in Corsica, it appears a very long time in the past. Julius, you took the final FIA Junior WRC win in Corsica, what in regards to the feeling coming right here to Sardinia, are you assured?
Julius Tannert: For certain. After the win in Corsica, we’re assured and we’ve got excessive motivation. We had a giant push from this end result and we’re again within the sport for the championship, so this offers us extra-energy to combat right here for good outcomes.
The championship is basically fascinating proper now. Such a robust mixture of drivers… How a lot do you threat on the market, Julius, particularly on the opening day?
JT: I feel with our vehicles, it’s actually arduous on these phases. The fellows in entrance of us change the highway circumstances for us after which we include our small Fiestas, so it is actually arduous for us. The factor is to outlive over the three days and I feel, if you happen to push from the start of the three days, you will not see the end line. So you must be intelligent to seek out the precise pace for the automobile on this highway.
Are you a intelligent driver?
JT: I hope so, I can inform you on Sunday.
Enrico Oldrati, the Italian spherical of the FIA WRC is dwelling for you. Within the FIA Junior WRC class this weekend, how assured are you of taking a superb end result? What are your hopes?
Enrico Oldrati: Nicely, rather a lot. As a result of it is my dwelling rally and for certain, I wish to do properly. For certain will probably be a tricky rally for us however we’ll attempt to be intelligent and we’ll see the way it goes.
Wanting again on this season up to now, how would you fee your efficiency and the way pleased have you ever been with what you delivered?
EO: I could be pleased as a result of I acquired fairly a number of factors in comparison with final 12 months, I’m not able to combat for the rostrum however it’s okay as a result of I’m right here to get expertise, so we’ll see after this race how will probably be for us.
What’s your plan transferring ahead?
EO: For certain my 12 months will likely be subsequent 12 months, so we’ll see if I can get the precise tempo, even when will probably be troublesome. I simply began final 12 months in rally, so we’ll see.
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World RX – Gronholm makes rapide return
World RX of Norway – Q1
Finland’s Gronholm missed the Belgian and UK rounds of World RX with sickness however bounced again at Hell RX with a race win in Q1 Race three and the quickest time with the GRX Hyundai i20 Supercar.
House hero Andreas Bakkerud received Q1 Race 2 in entrance of Gronholm’s GRX crew mate Timur Timerzyanov, the pair setting second and third quickest instances, however World RX Drivers’ Championship chief Timmy Hansen misplaced time when he was hit by Crew STARD’s Janis Baumanis within the first nook of Race 4, then needed to keep away from the stricken Renault Clio RS RX of GCK Academy’s Guillaume De Ridder within the joker lap part on lap 4.
Crew Hansen MJP’s Hansen was P4 in Q1, and in a powerful debut for ESmotorsport Labas-GAS, Netherland’s Kevin Abbring was P5 general within the Skoda Fabia.
Germany’s Timo Scheider used intelligent joker lap ways in Q1 Race 1 with the ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport Seat Ibiza by taking the joker lap from the pole and forcing GC Kompetition’s Anton Marklund and Hansen MJP’s Kevin Hansen vast. On his debut for GCK Academy, Rokas Baciuska was P7 in Q1.
Within the FIA European Rallycross Championship for Supercar it was Sweden’s Thomas Bryntesson who was quickest in Q1 and Norway’s Ben-Philip Gundersen was quickest within the RX2 Worldwide Collection.
WEC: 7 Hours of Racing Full – NEWPAPER24
WEC: 7 Hours of Racing Full
A couple of minutes after a outstanding overtaking the #11 BR Engineering BR1 of Mikhail Aleshin within the Porsche curves, Thomas Laurent dedicated a braking error on the wheel of the #three Insurrection R13 within the second Mulsanne chicane, inflicting deployment of the security automobile. The Russian automobile returned to its storage with a chunk of the Insurrection on it, and the French driver began off once more after 5 minutes within the storage.
The #eight Toyota TS050 Hybrid pushed by Kazuki Nakajima took the lead from its #7 sister automobile throughout a neutralisation, however the Japanese driver did not maintain it lengthy due to José María López’s overtaking manoeuvre within the Mulsanne Straight. Sergey Sirotkin took benefit of his fellow countryman and teammate’s misfortune to slide into third place within the SMP Racing’s #17 BR Engineering BR1.
Roman Rusinov held the lead within the class for fairly a while on the wheel of G-Drive Racing’s #26 Aurus, however a powerful transfer by André Negraõ within the Mulsanne Straight allowed Signatech Alpine Matmut’s #36 to slide into first place.
Third place was snatched by Jackie Chan DC Racing’s #38 ORECA after the #37 sister automobile and United Autosport’s #22 Ligier incurred a drive via penalty for overtaking the security automobile on the monitor.
After an thrillng two hours of racing on this class, the largest takeaway is the retirement for the #64 Chevrolet Corvette after an incident. Contact was made with Dempsey-Proton Racing’s #88 Porsche within the Porsche curve, and Marcel Fässler was unable to keep away from the wall. The automobile was too broken to proceed, so just one Corvette stays within the race for victory.
Three security automobiles have been deployed on the monitor between 20:00 and 22:00, reducing the sector within the class in two. The primary pack was led by Porsche GT Crew’s #92 Porsche 911 RSR adopted by AF Corse’s #51 Ferrari 488 GTE and Corvette Racing’s #63 Corvette. The highest eight have been inside about 12 seconds. Then the second pack was led by Porsche GT Crew’s #94 Porsche 911 RSR.
The one Ford GT within the class (Keating Motorsports’ #85) held the lead, however shut on its heels was JMW Motorsport’s #84 Ferrari 488 GTE, Crew Challenge 1’s #56 Porsche 911 RSR and TF Sport’s #90 Aston Martin Vantage!
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WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans after 5 Hours – NEWPAPER24
WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans after 5 Hours
Kamui Kobayashi within the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid nonetheless held the lead forward of teammate Fernando Alonso driving the #8, each greater than two hours into their stints. The 2 Japanese prototypes have been trailed by SMP Racing’s #11 and #17 BR Engineering BR1s and Rebel Racing’s #three Rebel R-One, positions altering between the three in perform of refuellings.
The #36 Alpine A470 pushed by Pierre Thiriet misplaced the lead within the Mulsanne Straight after an overtaking by Job van Uitert on the wheel of G-Drive Racing’s #26 Aurus. Regardless of a driver change throughout the subsequent refuelling, the Russian crew saved its benefit on its French rival. Jackie Chan DC Racing’s #37 ORECA trailed a brief distance behind, forward of DragonSpeed’s #31 ORECA.
The battle raged on on this class with the 4 lead vehicles all in three seconds! After the newest refuellings, the #92 Porsche 911 RSR pushed by Laurens Vanthoor held the lead forward of the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE of Daniel Serra, the #63 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and the #93 Porsche 911 RSR of Earl Bamber. Trailing at 20 seconds have been the #69 and #67 Ford GTs pushed by Scott Dixon and Andy Priaulx, respectively.
Three vehicles continued to battle for the lead: Keating Motorsports’ #85 Ford GT pushed by Felipe Fraga, Dempsey-Proton Racing’s #77 Porsche 911 RSR and JMW Motorsport’s #84 Ferrari 488 GTE of Wei Lu at just a little greater than 30 seconds. The #98 Aston Martin Vantage pushed by Paul Dalla Lana had an incident however was capable of return to the monitor, and on the finish of the fifth hour, there was an incident for Spirit Of Race’s #54 Ferrari 488 GTE of Francesco Castellacci that triggered a neutralisation beneath a Full Course Yellow.
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