SS 8 : Hat-trick for Volkswagen

SS 8 : Hat-trick for Volkswagen

04/10/2014

Three top places for the VW drivers on that first stage of the day. Best time for Jari-Matti Latvala (9’13’’1) in front of Andreas Mikkelsen (+2”7) and Sébastien Ogier (+3”7). On the provisional classification, the Finnish driver has now a 10”9 lead over his Norwegian teammate. Kris Meeke is third (+30”6 behind the leader). Fourth time of the stage is Robert Kubica who passes Mikko Hirvonen in the general classification. The Polish driver is now sixth only 0”6 behind Mads Ostberg.

Date: Saturday October 4, 2014
Leg 2
Stage 8: Vallée de Munster 1 (18,90 km)
Weather: nice and a bit chilly
Road conditions: dry road with a damp portion mid-stage after the pass.

1. OGIER/INGRASSIA:

« I must remain concentrated and I try to find the good rhythm. I haven’t had one single trouble free stage since the beginning of the rally. I didn’t expect the roads to be so damp. »

12. PROTASOV/CHEREPIN:

« It’s quite good to start as second on asphalt roads. I can drive on clean roads. »

22. MAURIN/KLINGER:

« I didn’t remember much of that stage that we drove last year. It was tricky on the damp portions. »

11. KUIPERS/BUYSMANS:

« I had a great time. It’s a nice stage, wide and fast, with many changes in the rhythm. »

7. NEUVILLE/GILSOUL:

« I am still struggling with the car. I don’t know what to do to improve its handling. »

6. EVANS/BARRITT:

« I am happy. I love this stage. We change the suspension’s settings last night at service and it has really helped. »

21. PROKOP/TOMANEK:

« I push and brake late. I feel comfortable in the car but the times are not following. »

20. BOUFFIER/PANSERI:

« The settings are too hard. The car is difficult to handle on bumpy sections. »

10. KUBICA/SZCZEPANIAK:

Has chosen three hard compounds and a soft one on the rear left tire.

5. HIRVONEN/LEHTINEN:

« I thought that the portions on the black tarmac would be more slippery but we eventually found more grip than expected. »

4. OSTBERG/ANDERSSON:

« This stage is superb. To be fast you need guts, especially on the braking points. It’s difficult to find the limit on this kind of itinerary. »

8. SORDO/MARTI:

« The car has a good balance. Today we want to increase our rhythm and push as much as we can. »

3. MEEKE/NAGLE:

« It’s my first time driving this stage and I am quite happy with what I did. It’s sometimes slippery especially on full brakes. »

9. MIKKELSEN/FLOENE:

« I was a bit too cautious over the first kilometres but then I increased my pace. »

2. LATVALA/ANTTILA:

« I love this kind of fast stage especially on the way down. The road was slippery mid-stage. I am happy with my driving and my pace. Idon’t have a choice I must push! »

39. GILBERT/JAMOUL:

« I started to have troubles with the brakes on the way down. I ended the stage cautiously. »

35. SOUSA/MAGALHAES:

« This stage was tricky. I found it difficult to reach the right rhythm. »

36. CHARDONNET/DE LA HAYE :

« I drove well but the car is sometimes too dynamic especially in the pins. I spun. »

32. TIDEMAND/BARTH :

« The car was repaired after we went off during the first leg. On the way down I caught up the Subaru that started before us. »

77. ABBRING/MARSHALL :

« It’s a great stage ! »

93. DUMAS/GIRAUDET :

« I had a great time in that stage which is absolutely meant for the Porsche. I was cautious on the damp portions as I have hard compounds. »

75. PONS/HARO:

“ Yesterday at service we changed the suspension springs. The handling of the car is much better now.”

92. DELECOUR/SAVIGNONI:

“ I push as much as I can but I don’t have as much experience as Romain (Dumas) on those roads.”

55. GIORDANO/SARREAUD :

« I was a bit too cautious as I thought it would be much more damp. »

56. KOCI/KOSTKA :

« I did a half spin while braking. »

70. ROSSEL/FULCRAND :

« The intercom doesn’t work well. I hardly hear the notes. »

68. CAMILLI/VILMOT :

« I tried to push but I was on a wrong rhythm sometimes. »

57. LEFEBVRE/DUBOIS:

« Our suspensions are a bit too hard which meant I couldn’t push as much as I wanted to. »

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