Ott & Martin and Craig & Paul finished the 19-stage rally in second and third,respectively.
Our Estonians, Ott and Martin, were on typically impressive form from the outset of the rally, taking two stage wins on Friday to move into an early lead.
More stage wins followed on Saturday as our crews cemented their podium positions. They held second place but kept the pressureon rally leader until the end.
For Craig and Paul, third place represented their third consecutive podiumafter Estonia and Ypres.
Unfortunately, Thierry and Martijnhad to retire from the rally on Saturday due to sustaining damage to their engine.
Incredibly, we had only taken eight stage wins in Rally Finland before this season, but we took nine during this year’s event – a massive improvement which is the result of huge effort and hard workfrom across our team.
WRC2: Bringing in Home Podium
Despite a pre-event crash in
testing, Jari and Mikko scored a podium finish in Rally Finland.The
damage required substantial work to get the car ready in time for Friday
morning shakedown. Not only were they able to compete, but the duo scored a fastest time on Saturday evening’s Harju stage.
Reflecting on the situation, our Team
Principal Andrea said: “We take away a podium, but it was not really a representative weekendfor
our two WRC2 crews. When something like that happens, it is then difficult to
be in the right mental state, to extract the final tenths-of-a-second, which we
know is the level needed in this event.”
and Craig unfortunately crashed out of the rally on Saturday morning. Oliver expressed deep sorrow anddisappointment
stating that he was unable to gain experience he hoped for.
WRC Teams’ Standings After Round 10 –
WRC2 Teams’ Standings After Round 10 –