Transcript of the pre-match press convention organised by the FIA for the 2020 Rally Estonia.

2020 WRC - Rally Estonia - O. Tänak/M. Järveoja (photo Jarek Jõepera)



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– Sébastien Ogier (FRA)

– Elfyn Evans (GBR)

– Kalle Rovanperä (FIN)

Q: First of all, we are abet in motion within the FIA WRC at a new match, Rally Estonia. Is it a further motivation, no longer handiest being abet but in a new match as properly?

SO: I ponder that after one of these long spoil, the inducement is there anyway. It’s primarily advantageous. I repeatedly ride going to the brand new places and admire new roads and I needed to express, new of us. Presumably it’s a exiguous extra complex to fulfill the of us accurate now… The avenue appears to be like high-quality-wanting. I ponder we are all unanimous, that as soon as we’ve seen the avenue all the procedure in which in the course of the recce, we are all having fun with driving on this roughly avenue, in particular with the vehicle now we have accurate now. There are extraordinarily immediate roads, while or no longer it is a must to have lots of confidence. I ponder fortunately for lots of of us, now we have finished this test match two weeks within the past, which used to be primarily precious. Now I’m wanting forward to open the accurate battle, the accurate combat. Admire I acknowledged, this warmth-up used to be well-known for me, I’ve very accurate within the vehicle and I’m prepared to present my most attention-grabbing.

Q: You have mentioned that ‘bounce management’ goes to be well-known this weekend. Can you show off a exiguous bit about what you indicate by “Soar management”?

SO: Veritably, it’s the rally that I’m going to conclude that has primarily the most jumps. In Finland, there were lots of jumps, but most of them in our days are flat and you correct maintain the beefy throttle. Right here it’s a distinct case – a number of of them are grand greater, some are a exiguous artificially made, which come that we don’t know how the vehicle goes to react. Presumably some kickback from the rear, perchance some no longer easy touchdown. Unfortunately, we seen Elfyn last 365 days having a unpleasant reception on the bounce. These are the roughly jumps that now we must maintain an eye fixed on with the finest velocity. For sure if you leisurely down too grand, you’re going to lose time. But it’s also very easy to conclude a exiguous bit too grand, and have a no longer easy touchdown, and damage the vehicle, damage your self or even fracture. Right here’s why the jumps for me are going to play rather a mountainous role into the rhythm.

Q: Lot of of us are obviously home advantage from Mr Tänak. But naturally he has competed many cases across those roads. Create you suspect that right here’s going to be the case this weekend or it’s going to be extra of a battle between you?

SO: I ponder he has already showed it two weeks within the past and even a exiguous bit this morning in Shakedown. We know that he goes to be extraordinarily immediate and we know combating with him this weekend is a mountainous pickle. But we never know. In particular I ponder second ride goes to be a exiguous complex this weekend. There could well perhaps well additionally simply be some very damaged avenue or mountainous rocks in this prerequisites. We know that he’s prepared to be very immediate, and push very no longer easy but you proceed to must steer clear of the hassle in these prerequisites. I’ve that the vehicle is working properly for us, too, so now we have for sure the finest tools in our hands to produce properly right here. I correct hope now that the necessities starting in front will be OK the following day. It used to be the case this morning at Shakedown, I am hoping the following day that there received’t be some cleansing conclude for me. But at the pause of the day, we open with the identical likelihood. For sure, if you happen to could well perhaps well additionally be the local one, it’s repeatedly a exiguous of abet. A few years within the past in Monte Carlo, after I reached the Gap place, I knew a exiguous bit extra than the others and that will well perhaps repeatedly give a exiguous bit of advantage. The gaps are very dinky, so nothing is terribly no longer going.

Q: Elfyn, Seb touched on it, your bounce last 365 days. A few weeks within the past in Estonia also, at the Lõuna-Eesti Rally, you went off. I don’t are alive to to assert about the negative. What used to be the feeling within the vehicle earlier than that came about? Are you happy with the kilometers below your belt there?

EE: Yeah, I ponder we had accurate testing earlier than we got the prospect to conclude the rally, which used to be a likelihood to verify all the pieces we did in testing. Every little thing feels honest accurate within the vehicle, to be factual. So sure, we’re wanting forward to what we can conclude on this match. Admire I acknowledged, the vehicle is working properly and we’ve had some accurate kilometers within the abet of the wheel. I’m happy and ready to ride.

Q: It’s a shortened itinerary from what we’re extinct to. 233 aggressive kilometers. It’s a immediate match, it’s repeatedly going to be a breeze. Flat out from the open or is there any diverse options that it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally yell?

EE: For sure. Obviously, each person goes to be pushing no longer easy from the rating-ride. I ponder in the case of the day itself, each Saturday and Sunday are rather intense days though we are missing a day of competition when in contrast to same previous. Aloof, the days that we conclude compete, are rather beefy-on, so nothing will be so-so diverse from same previous. But love Seb acknowledged, there are areas that will well perhaps regain you out, in particular the topic of the jumps. It is seemingly you’ll well perhaps well rating or lose rather a exiguous if you rating them too slowly, but there’s repeatedly the danger of damage. There is a a part of balancing danger and reward.

Q: You’ve gotten off to a unbelievable open this season. We seen the rating needless to claim in Sweden but it unquestionably has been constant efficiency for the duration of the events. You’re coming to your 90th WRC match right here in Estonia. What is the hope for this weekend?

EE: The hope is repeatedly the identical: to produce at your most attention-grabbing. Obviously, we are alive to to rating but then so does each person else. We know the competition will be tricky so we are but again right here to present it our most attention-grabbing shot and admire what we can reach up with on Sunday afternoon.

Q: Kalle, success for you needless to claim on the roads in Estonia. Perfect consequence for you there. How did you receive it?

KR: It used to be a advantageous test match. It used to be very accurate to be abet within the vehicle and rating abet to the feeling within the rallies. For me it used to be an correct feeling within the vehicle the total time and also it has been love that every particular person the time within the test, so I ponder it desires to be the identical feeling right here too.

Q: We seen you conclude your first podium in WRC in Sweden. Feels love an age within the past now, needless to claim. A entire bunch of us on-line and journalists are talking about, perchance you’re the dark horse this weekend Presumably it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally very properly be the one strolling away with the rating. Create it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be feeling that that is the likelihood?

KR: I don’t ponder that right here’s what we desire. Because I primarily don’t have any longer, needless to claim, so many rallies within the abet of. For sure I are alive to to toughen myself the total time and proper have a neat rally and conclude at the least 5-6 races correct to rating the ride. But I also know that right here’s regarded as some of the events that will be more uncomplicated for me to be on the tempo. For sure I am hoping that we could well perhaps well additionally even be on the rostrum or have the prospect to combat at the least. I ponder that right here’s the finest yell I’ll be happy about.

Q: As honest grand our youngest WRC driver, how nerve-racking used to be it for you all the procedure in which in the course of the low season, no longer to be succesful to ride within the abet of the wheel and proceed on the finest work that you just’ve finished within the open of the season?

KR: It used to be rather complex needless to claim. The open of the season used to be accurate so it would were advantageous to proceed love this. For sure within the starting, the dinky holiday used to be advantageous but then it got too long and I was correct waiting to return into the rally vehicle.

Quiz from the bottom – Agence France Presse, Raphaëlle Peltier (FRA), to Sébastien Ogier

Q: The sixth month spoil that we’ve had, has this made you think again the plans to retire at the pause of the season?

SO: There are two answers. First, I’m prepared to step out and conclude something else due to I primarily ride the breaks, to be factual. But at the identical time I don’t are alive to to pause in one of these abnormal season and a brief one. Doing any other one and completely extra same previous (season) could well perhaps well be advantageous. We didn’t have any settlement, but, however the need is there on each sides, for the crew and myself. Let’s hope that we can conclude that quickly.

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– Thierry Neuville (BEL)

– Ott Tänak (EST)

– Martin Järveoja (EST)

– Craig Breen (IRL)

Q: Ott, we are right here for your place nation of Estonia for the restart the FIA WRC and needless to claim, Rally Estonia. Command me, what does it feel wish to have the WRC steam role accurate in for the foremost even?

OT: First of all, it’s been a in reality long spoil and we’ve been roughly forgetting already what it come to be in that circus. For sure, it’s advantageous to open but again, in particular abet in Estonia. I will handiest assert that it used to be a advantageous day out from home to right here – it took me handiest one and a half hour! That used to be for sure the finest advantage I had when in contrast to the varied guys. Admire repeatedly, we are for sure wanting forward. It will be an correct combat. I’m very happy that we can open but again.

Q: No trains sharp, no having to register your baggage. Did you consume Martin up alongside the kind or did he drive you there?

OT: No, we have to not so mountainous chums that we are travelling collectively.

MJ: My avenue used to be even shorter, it used to be 25 minutes.

Q: For sure, it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be very grand, Martin, right here at the home territory, aren’t you?

MJ: Constructive, that’s accurate. Including to Ott, it’s also accurate to be abet within the competition mode. In particular as now we have finished some events but now, they are giving also the components, so It’s a exiguous bit diverse.

Q: Constructive, it is a exiguous bit diverse now. Does that indicate – is there extra stress? Even as you happen to were right here last 365 days, it used to be a promotional WRC match, there used to be a limiteless atmosphere needless to claim but you didn’t rating the components within the championship. Now needless to claim, it does. You don’t have too many rallies left in this season. Does that build a further stress for your shoulders?

OT: Every diverse 365 days, we’ve finished the match. For sure, it’s been smooth the test even. Now when we’re doing the competition, the finest focus goes on the efficiency to conclude the finest time. For sure there’s not any such thing as a testing anymore so the focus is handiest on one yell.

Q: Martin, previously we’ve seen the rally if truth be told battle through your place city, Elva. What’s that love, in particular for chums and household, having all of it right here as a correct WRC match?

MJ: I assume it’s accurate for them. For sure, the topic for the time being [with COVID-19] is no longer so advantageous but smooth they may be able to wave and cheer, so as that’s accurate for them.

Q: Have any co-drivers been tapping you for your shoulders, as quickly because the Rally Estonia used to be on the calendar. Modified into as soon as someone attempting to rating a further data from you?

MJ: Constructive, Our accurate buddy Torstein (Erikssen). He wrote me already earlier than they launched that the rally used to be right here. He requested me got the notes but I didn’t have something else.

Q: Ott, what about you, have you ever been sharing the information with your teammates? About what the rally is love? Apparently a number of of these guys have finished the rally, Thierry decades within the past. Have you been sharing the information about it or you’ve been retaining all of it to your self?

OT: First of all, I assume even extra than half of the rally is fully new for myself as properly. Secondly, ponder I primarily have the identical amount of the ride as, shall we assert, Craig (Breen) has. Presumably he has even extra than me. Good ample, I am from Estonia, I do know this place. Once I started, I extinct to drive right here, so I do know a exiguous. But smooth by now the organizers have made so many new roads which were extinct within the rally, so there will be something new to admire for me as properly.

Q: All people is asserting that it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got the home advantage. It makes a difference for each person. Even Sébastien Ogier acknowledged that, when he goes to Gap, he feels that he’s a exiguous bit quicker than each person else. Create you suspect that this primarily does depend at the pause of the day?

OT: The ride for sure counts and if it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got some expertise from the previous, it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally imagine what can happen, it for sure presents you some extra confidence. Rally is all about the ride. Ought to it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got some extra than the others, then for sure it is a exiguous of a bonus.

Q: Thierry, it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got been right here earlier than. But as we mentioned the day earlier than right this moment time, so long within the past. 2013. Create you keep in mind from abet then?

TN: Constructive.

Q: One bounce?

TN: Constructive.

Q: Is that every particular person you’re going to express to me right this moment time? One man, one be conscious

TN: 2012 used to be my last time. Very few memories, to be factual, one bounce I keep in mind – the very favorite bounce. The entire relaxation appears to be like honest grand new for me. But obviously I’ve build lots of effort on driving currently. To illustrate, the opportunity to reach right here last week for sure helped for the preparation.

Q: Command me a exiguous bit extra about that, though, due to it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got referenced that you just wanted the issues to ride a exiguous bit higher than they did. What used to be the topic?

TN: Veritably, a number of issues with the tempo-notes on the foremost stage but after that, it went all beautiful. We correct had a couple components with the vehicle, as properly. We struggled on the foremost loop to rating an correct feeling and to fix up the vehicle, But within the pause, nothing foremost. This morning, the feeling used to be honest accurate at Shakedown. I do know that it’s going to be an animated weekend, a tricky one, for sure, due to we handiest have a number of drivers who primarily don’t have any ride over right here. But we are going to combat. There could well perhaps well additionally simply be some who are no longer reachable this weekend however the target is to be on the rostrum.

Q: Who is no longer going to be reachable this weekend?

TN: I ponder there’s not any such thing as a secret that Ott goes to be primarily, primarily immediate on those roads. He’s born on such roads and knows them properly. They’re very particular roads and or no longer it is important to be primarily dedicated and to know what’s coming. I ponder he goes to be the foremost man to beat. After, there will be some Finnish guys as properly who are very immediate and feel very delighted on this roughly surface. I did an correct recce and I’m for sure going to push.

Q: Mr Breen, let’s turn to you now. As Ott Tänak acknowledged, you purchased some large ride, you’ve been right here four cases, driving with in a range of diverse autos. Might perhaps also or no longer it’s the shock, the Rally Estonia?

CB: Positively piling stress on me there. Bump into, it’s obviously an match I’ve finished a lot, but I assume no longer so many cases in a World Rally Car. It’s for sure a rally I do know rather a exiguous but love Ott acknowledged, they’re the yell of lots of no longer correct diverse roads this 365 days, but fully new roads built for the rally, so no one has any ride with them. For sure, on the roads that we’ve finished previously I am hoping to rating something of a bonus, but smooth or no longer it is important to hyperlink up with the brand new bits as properly and attempt and be as dedicated as it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally on them. So it’s no longer going to be a easy pickle.

Q: Create it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be feeling in a distinct station in a comparison to these guys who are battling for the championship title? Create it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be feeling that it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally completely ride for it or is the stress alive to to provoke Mister Adamo smooth there?

CB: I assume there is a a part of lots of diverse issues. I assume, since I went within the vehicle for the foremost time in Finland last 365 days, the intention has repeatedly been to aim and consume up Producer’s components. It’s complex if you happen to conclude no longer rating these opportunities rather typically. You correct must attempt and conclude the finest job it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally. I for sure conclude feel confident going into this weekend. Admire I acknowledged earlier than, it’s a rally I do know. Veritably talking, immediate rallies for some abnormal or no reason, are folks who suit me most attention-grabbing. Because you know where I grew up, it’s the total opposite. I ponder if there are opportunities for an correct consequence, this rally is thought of as some of the upper ones. I are alive to to provoke no one extra than myself. I are alive to to leave this weekend happy and if I’m happy, I will handiest hope Mister Adamo is happy.

Q: Any components at all on the recce with the torrential rain the day earlier than right this moment time? Did or no longer it is important to pause at any designate there? Did it trigger any roughly distraction? Or are the notes all accurate?

CB: No. I primarily must express it used to be a gratifying shock how properly the roads coped, I thought, pondering how grand rain had fallen. I ponder now we have seen within the previous at some diverse rallies that if you rating a huge downpour of rain love we had honest grand all all the procedure in which in the course of the morning the day earlier than right this moment time, it will primarily transform the stages and primarily turn them up. They if truth be told stayed in rather accurate shape. I ponder that’s all credit rating to the organisers. Again, no longer handiest have they from an organisational point of gaze finished something unattainable, to have the rally work but also rating these roads which are rather sturdy and sturdy has been something rather distinctive as properly. Let’s hope it continues the following day.


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– Teemu Suninen (FIN)

– Esapekka Lappi (FIN)

– Gus Greensmith (GBR)

Q: Esapekka, abet in motion now on Rally Estonia. As with many of the drivers we’ve spoken to in this Press Convention, it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got had ride right here earlier than. What did you suspect if you happen to heard that we were coming right here to restart the season?

EP: I was primarily happy, initially. That we’re going to restart and as we ignored out Finland, right here’s needless to claim the following rally I’d love to conclude, as it’s very discontinuance to it. The character of the rally is terribly same. I enjoyed a lot last 365 days this rally and I’m sure that I’m going to ride this weekend as properly.

Q: I’m sure it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be. It is a long way a high velocity match out there – heaps of jumps, so dynamic to spy for us. What’s it wish to compete at it?

EP: It is a long way needless to claim. We have now got to have faith the vehicle, the tempo-notes and that aggregate has to be primarily marvelous to be succesful to be aggressive. Veritably it’s a exiguous too loopy. In particular this 365 days, it appears to be like that now we have extra slender roads but it unquestionably is smooth immediate. It correct doesn’t rating any slower. That’s where I’ve it’s a exiguous loopy. But it’s also a phase of the work. It desires to be

Q: Are you state with your runs?

EP: Constructive, very happy. I’m a exiguous surprised of my cases but very grand in a decided manner. Neatly, let’s admire if we can maintain it on the rally. I was primarily on the restrict, so I’m afraid now we must step down to be succesful to create the rally.

Q: Neatly, it’s about discovering the absolute balance…

EP: Clearly. Doubtlessly the rain created some dinky surprises as properly. If some sections or some corners are no longer primarily dried up, there could well perhaps well additionally simply be mud and you’re going to additionally’t admire it in the course of the bushes, so as that’s why or no longer it is important to have some dinky marks.

Q: Speaking about Shakedown, let’s examine with Teemu Suninen. It used to be going properly after which it wasn’t going rather so properly, Mr Teemu Suninen. What came about at Shakedown to you?

TS: The foremost three runs were honest OK, I was discovering an correct rhythm with the driving and tried to receive accurate confidence with the vehicle and it felt honest accurate. Then we came to carrier, labored on the vehicle situation up, went abet to the stage and it wasn’t working that properly. I misplaced the maintain an eye fixed on and went off. No longer accurate for our confidence. We correct wish to omit it, attempt and rating the conceitedness abet and be on the boundaries but again.

Q: It is a long way complex, isn’t it? It’s one of these easy yell to express – rating your confidence abet! But it’s an advanced one when it’s one of these fleet match and there’s not any such thing as a stages to primarily warmth up on. Presumably tonight?

TS: Tonight is roughly a distinct stage from the others. I correct wish to omit what came about within the morning and attempt and rating third (station). I do know I’ve been there earlier than – in Mexico, I finished within the rostrum. I correct wish to rating the same roughly confidence and receive an correct rhythm. At the least now we have proved that now we were there as soon as with the vehicle, so we know that we can conclude it.

Q: I’m sure you’re going to receive that confidence. By manner of preparation of the match, I do know that it has been restricted for you but it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got tested within the UK. How did that ride?

TS: It used to be honest OK. It used to be primarily muddy and it used to be raining find it irresistible typically does within the UK. From that facet, it used to be large as we got some rain on the recce. The premise used to be to have one test day with the vehicle.

Q: Let’s turn to the actual person that hasn’t been right here in Estonia earlier than. I’m tickled to receive one due to it’s restricted around the Carrier Park. It appears to be like, Gus, that each person in some manner, competed right here but you?

GS: Yeah, honest grand. I desire I had competed right here earlier than at some point, that is needless to claim. It’s been six months out of the vehicle. I didn’t conclude grand mileage on the test, so I primarily must rating this one a step at a time.

At Shakedown, all the pieces used to be going within the finest direction but when we went for the second ride, the avenue used to be so destroyed… We were correct unfavorable the vehicle. We have now got to accommodate making some accurate improvements in the course of the weekend. Admire Teemu acknowledged, he proved the vehicle is terribly immediate. There’s no reason we can’t be there or rating discontinuance against the pause of the weekend.


Q: For any individual who hasn’t been right here earlier than, give me your influence on the stages?

GS: In the wide open sections I ponder they are a number of of the nicest stages I’ve seen for a in reality very long time. Identical as EP: I ponder that the slender roads are inclined to slay the rally a exiguous bit, they are a exiguous bit pointless. When or no longer it’s wider or even medium roughly dimension, it’s advantageous but needless to claim there’s going be some exiguous errors within the forest.


Q: Give us a exiguous bit of insight, what have you ever been up all the procedure in which in the course of the lockdown season?

GS: Once I was on the airplane abet from Mexico, my dad acknowledged: it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be going straight to work if you happen to rating abet, due to there’s for sure no longer going to be any rallying for rather some time. I correct got abet into it. Admire I acknowledged, I had the least interval of time within the vehicle. I’m correct happy to be abet in it and rating a step at a time.


Q: So your come goes to be as you acknowledged, one step at a time? No heroics?

GS: No, no. It can probably well perhaps well even be unrealistic when in contrast to the amount of seat-time I’ve had.

Quiz from the bottom – Worldrally.se, Bo Christer Bofeldt (SWE):

To Teemu Suninen and Esappekka, conclude you know what’s taking place next 365 days?

EP: If I’m primarily factual, I primarily do not know. First of all, is it already from Monte Carlo? Because the 365 days is altering, I’m no longer sure. We have now got to gaze where this virus goes. Optimistically I’m driving but love I acknowledged, I don’t primarily no.

TS: I primarily do not know what’s taking place next 365 days. The topic on the earth is terribly unclear. In actuality hoping to rating within the vehicle.



– Mads Østberg (NOR), PH Sport

– Nicolay Gryazin (RUS), Hyundai Motorsport N

Q: Mads, you’re two time winner of this match. Command me what it’s love, initially, to be abet within the FIA WRC and to be abet in Estonia?

MO: It’s very accurate to be abet within the competition but again. It’s been a protracted spoil, which, to be factual, I’ve enjoyed but it unquestionably’s also very unattainable to be abet within the rally vehicle. In actuality unbelievable as properly to be abet in Estonia. I haven’t been right here for 8 years. I’ve seen a number of of the identical of us, a number of of the identical junctions but no longer so many same stages. I’ve identified a number of places and that’s very advantageous.

Q: Neatly, that’s also a exiguous bit precious, as properly. What conclude you suspect of the route this 365 days?

MO. It appears to be like very advantageous. To be factual, it’s rather diverse from what I imagined. I keep in mind the stages from abet in 2012 which were grand wider and sooner from what we are seeing from this match. That’s rather advantageous to gaze a exiguous of a alternate. Rather a exiguous of jumps, which I also ride. I ponder it’s a exiguous extra technical and complex from what I expected but for us, I ponder that it’s rather decided.

Q: You unquestionably are the king of jumps, you’ve proved that over the years. You were within the competition mode, this isn’t the foremost time we admire you abet within the abet of the wheel. Create it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be feeling prepared and ready for the tempo right here?

MO: Neatly, that’s repeatedly complex to take care of earlier than you open the match. But it used to be advantageous to be abet within the FIA ERC in Liepaja a number of weeks within the past and needless to claim, the velocity there used to be rather unbelievable. I ponder a number of of the drivers are properly prepared and sooner than me, so confidently I’ll put collectively to discontinuance the gap a exiguous bit. We feel unquestionably properly prepared and now we were ready to rating the vehicle a exiguous bit to be higher pleasant for these immediate stages. I am hoping that we wants to be succesful to toughen from what we seen a couple a weeks within the past.

Q: You were doing a exiguous pattern testing with Citroën at the open of the week, are you able to tell us on what areas of the vehicle?

MO: Oh yeah, I doubtlessly could well perhaps well additionally…

Q: That’s a mountainous sigh!

MO: It’s repeatedly important to conclude the reach. To be factual, Liepaja used to be also a exiguous of pattern work for us as properly. We had some new suspensions coming into that match, we had no ride with it. For sure, now we have the brand new bits on the vehicle which must smooth have us sooner. We have now got a distinct philosophy on the transmission which could perchance additionally also abet us a exiguous bit on the sooner corners. So we can admire if now we have found an correct moderate for this rally due to there’s some leisurely and technical sections as properly where we were already rather immediate but now we must receive an moderate to work for your entire match.

Q: Nicolay, accurate to gaze you right here! You’re no stranger to Estonia, you’ve competed at this match previously earlier than. This time goes to be a exiguous bit diverse as it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got a new co-driver on board, how is this relationship going previously?

NG: That’s accurate. We did this rally last 365 days in a R5 vehicle so it used to be very thrilling. Closing 365 days it used to be coaching so it used to be easy to drive. This 365 days I will attempt and reach the finest consequence and admire what we can conclude on the jumps. The jumps are primarily unattainable, it’s primarily high. You primarily desire to work on where to bounce within the corners and it’s very easy to have a mistake. But it makes it extra attention-grabbing to combat. The avenue is immediate as customary in Estonia, so it’s a tricky pickle for drivers.  Konstantin Aleksandrov is my new codriver, it’s an very high-quality greater pickle for him. Because, earlier than he drove handiest R2 and it’s diverse in Russia than within the WRC. Right here, for him, it goes to be a mountainous pickle. We did a number of rallies earlier than Estonia, correct to have him feel higher within the vehicle. I ponder now he’s in an correct shape. He’s smooth attempting to learn and to toughen. I ponder all the procedure in which through this rally, there will be no concerns. We’ll correct attempt and ride.

Q: On condition that it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got a new co-driver on board and as you acknowledged, he hasn’t got huge amount of ride and we conclude have a in reality sturdy topic of drivers internal your category this weekend, what’s your hopes in the case of consequence?

NG: I wish to create and needless to claim, I are alive to to rating accurate components to have Hyundai to e book within the WRC2 championship. I’ll attempt and conclude our most attention-grabbing. After the foremost day, we can admire what our tempo is. I don’t have mountainous expectations but attempt and work as no longer easy as we can.

Quiz from the bottom – Worldrally.se, Bo Christer Bofeldt (SWE):

Q to Mads Ostberg: Is it unprecedented for you to drive and work below coronavirus restrictions?

MO: To be factual, it has been rather okay. I ponder, we are obviously taking warning and needless to claim, lots of the reach work within the manufactory has been stopped. So it’s been unquestionably a in reality diverse time than to what now we were extinct to. We stopped for some time but over the last weeks, I’ve been to the manufacturing facility and the guys abet there have labored honest no longer easy to contemporary so many solutions. For sure, I haven’t been ready to ride to France and conclude the reach there, so now we were a exiguous bit stuck. We didn’t rating the tools right here either, so we conclude elevate lots of luggage on the planes. But honestly, we are correct very happy that we are ready to conclude our job. We attempt and watch out and proper conclude the utmost from what we can conclude on those restrictions.



Jari Huttunen (FIN)

Karl Kruuda (EST)

Q: Command me about the kind it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be feeling coming abet into the WRC motion?

JH: For sure it’s advantageous to be abet after a in reality very long time. I’m primarily happy and having fun with the comeback.

Q: You have ride of this match below your belt. It’s a in reality high-paced match and after one of these very very long time that there were rallies handiest for a number of of us out there, how complex it’s for the driver to rating on the tempo straight away? 

JH: For sure, it’s no longer never easy to receive that on primarily high level and typically or no longer it is important to rating some dangers. It’s no longer easy. Let’s admire how it’s going.

Q: By manner of the recce that you just guys had, the day earlier than right this moment time morning we seen unattainable rain. Did that affect you? Did it leisurely you down? Did or no longer it is important to pause on any point? Did it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally simply have got any components on that or no longer?

JH: No, for me it used to be OK. In some substances, there used to be heavy rain but no concerns. Let’s admire how these stages are all the procedure in which in the course of the rally due to I did hear that, in some places, it used to be muddy and could well very properly be unfavorable.

Q: It’s large to gaze you abet in motion at your place WRC match. It’s been a 365 days after competition. First of all, WRC in Estonia. Karl, what does that indicate to you?

KK: Veritably it meant that I will no longer ride over this match! That’s why I’m sitting right here. I’m very happy. Congratulations to the packed with us that did this job in two months. Closing 365 days, I was within the abet of the fence as properly with the WRC and I understood it’s no longer the finest yell to conclude. You like to present these of us all some credit rating.

Q: Fully. Let’s assert about you and the vehicle. There’s been an animated livery over the years and this 365 days is not any exception. Your vehicle is coated in geese. Command me why, and the story within the abet of it?

KK:  Even as you happen to articulate WRC to Estonia, you articulate the total cameras and worldwide media to it. Your vehicle is in front of the cameras where it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally contemporary the issues on. This 365 days we thought to explorate something diverse. I do know these cases were complex to each person all around the area and no one takes it easy. But we are inclined to omit that of us are already struggling and what they have got to battle through. On that designate, we thought to promote the young of us with cancer and to donate to them so we could well perhaps well additionally rep mountainous amount of cash collectively. We succeeded with that as properly a week within the past but we’re smooth retaining it open so of us could well perhaps well additionally enhance the of us that combat a lot extra than we conclude.

Q: That’s a in reality worthwhile trigger, Karl. Congratulations for doing that. Command me, what are you hoping for in my belief in the case of competition this weekend? What are you hoping to conclude?

KK: On the competition facet I correct are alive to to ride your entire match. I had a likelihood a number of years within the past to drive this but I had an accident after the second stage and had to retire. A few minutes within the past I started thinking that the last time I drove Rally Estonia used to be five years within the past. I’d primarily wish to have a fret free match. My non-public intention is to a least match the pinnacle guys on my accurate environment the tempo for me. If I will conclude that, I’m very, very happy.



Ken Torn (EST)

Martins Sesks (LVA)

Q: Ken, it’s the home match for you this time. Rally Estonia on the FIA WRC calendar. How does that feel?

KT:It feels accurate. We don’t wish to ride back and forth the long manner. I’ve repeatedly enjoyed the south Estonian roads.

Q: Does it add extra stress to produce?

KT: Presumably, but I don’t are alive to to ponder too grand about that. We are correct doing our issues. I am hoping that if we conclude all large, then we are going to seemingly be combating for the pinnacle positions.

Q: You had success currently in Latvia, needless to claim, where we seen a unbelievable battle between you and Martins. Is there a mountainous rivalry between you two?

MS: Positively.

KT: In actuality, Martin has been an correct competitor for me. We’ve fought within the Estonian championships, in Junior and ERC. For sure.

Q: Did the match in Latvia give you an correct sense of the velocity and all the pieces it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be impending at this match. Create it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be feeling prepared?

KT: Yeah, I ponder so. Rally Latvia is the finest preparation for Rally Estonia. Presumably there are a exiguous bit sooner roads than there however the outside is no longer so same. We’ve had the ride for years on that surface, and an correct feeling on the avenue.

Q: There is an correct line-up, as repeatedly. But seeing as right here’s your place match, conclude it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be feeling that it’s seemingly you’ll well perhaps well additionally be the current for the rating?

KT: We hope so, but I ponder that the varied competitors ponder the identical, so let’s admire.

Q: Martin, talk us about how, and most severely. Exact to be abet?

MS: Exact to be abet. In particular be abet right here, in Estonia. As Ken acknowledged, we’ve had rather advantageous battles within the previous years right here as properly. Estonia is something between Rally Finland and Rally Liepaja.

Q: Martin, right here’s a unbelievable match that now we have seen from 2010 onwards. How would you describe the stages to of us, who’ve never seen them, from around the area? What are they love?

MS: As Ken acknowledged, it’s a combine between Latvian roads, and a exiguous bit of Finland’s as properly. It’s something blended but smooth it’s very, very immediate and very palatable.

Q: You acknowledged that there is a decided rivalry between your self and Ken. Are you seeing your self as a fave this weekend?

MS: I don’t are alive to to have that stress. For sure we are alive to to conclude our job as accurate as we can and hoping for the finest.

Q: How did Shakedown ride this the morning? Any concerns or it used to be feeling accurate?

MS: We thought it went accurate. For sure there used to be also some rocks and we hit something as properly on Shakedown. It used to be accurate to situation up for the rally due to it goes to be rather rocky at some places all the procedure in which in the course of the match.

Q: Did the heavy rain gave any affect for your recce this weekend?

MS: I am hoping no longer. We can admire the following day. In actuality no longer, the avenue is basically accurate with tantalizing the total water that came from the rain. I ponder there shouldn’t be any topic.

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