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In attendance:

Pedro Almeida, The Racing Manufacturing facility

Craig Breen, Crew MRF Tyres

Dominik Dinkel, Brose Motorsport

Efrén Llarena, Rallye Crew Spain

Zelindo Melegari, CHAZEL Technologie Course

Ekaterina Stratieva, Saintéloc Junior Crew

Q:

Starting up with Pedro Almeida, residing finish to the stages so what you knowledge attain you believe of the rally?

PA:

In actuality none. I don’t know the stages until now so it’s fresh for me moreover. I are residing 30 or 40 kilometres from right here and in addition they build no longer seem just like the roads I customarily enlighten so they are moreover fresh for me.

Q:

You had some irritating moments alongside with your automobile in Rome however what believe you discovered since then?

PA:

I made extra rallies, I won extra expertise. In Rome I had some substandard luck with issues within the auto on the basic day and I would possibly maybe no longer be at plump energy on the 2nd day and it used to be no longer that perfect. For this rally I’m hoping I if truth be told believe higher luck and I’m in a position to display mask what I’m in a position to attain and the tempo I’m in a position to positioned on the rally.

Q:

What retains you busy whereas you are no longer riding rally vehicles?

PA:

I’m an airplane pilot and a fight trainer in a college in Porto. Each day I flit airplanes and recount future pilots how one can flit planes, that’s my day to day.

Q:

Turning to Craig Breen, It’s been a busy week of bulletins however now the plump focal level is on the ERC. How chuffed with where you are on this planet lawful now?

CB:

I if truth be told believe to take a look at in most cases where I’m on this planet because it’s a actually busy couple of weeks sooner than me however it indubitably’s fantastic to be within the auto loads in these subsequent couple of weeks. It’s irritating to web aid into the R5 automobile and on Tarmac again, loads of things to dial aid into however it indubitably’s been perfect. I had a pleasing take a look at this week, irritating cases within the shakedown at this time time and I’m having a search forward to the rally now.

Q:

We’re experiencing loads of unpredictable weather however what are your targets for the rally?

CB:

Fancy every other rally we’ve achieved this year with the programme is to preserve a search at to develop the MRF tyre an increasing form of. It’s in a junior stage within the intervening time and we haven’t achieved so worthy running within the wet and mopish cases to this level and I recount we’ll be taught loads of most traditional things this weekend. To be right with you, love I’ve continuously stated, the competition is a thing on the aspect. It’s fantastic to sight where we are however now we believe got to dwell pondering in regards to the enchancment.

Q:

You feeble two diverse vehicles all the blueprint in which thru the take a look at earlier on within the week. What used to be the cause for that?

CB:

Customarily, the take a look at used to be extra a trend tyre take a look at so we did 80 per cent of the running within the take a look at automobile jut to construct the entry automobile for the rally. When we done the tyre trend part of the take a look at day on Wednesday we reworked to the entry automobile and merely sophisticated the attach-up. To be right with you, since I achieved the basic sooner than Rome I haven’t changed the Tarmac attach-up so worthy and we did Alba moreover. I love the steadiness of the auto so we didn’t believe to attain so worthy with the entry automobile.”

Q:

Turning to Dominik Dinkel, you’ve got a brand fresh pacenote machine for this rally. Is it working effectively?

DD:

It’s working effectively because our times on the shakedown used to be perfect and I’m chuffed with the adjustments. We tried to so some extra improvements and we’ll reflect about how it if truth be told works on the weekend.

Q:

What are the adjustments or are they top secret?!

DD:

It’s a little bit more uncomplicated, it’s extra usual for the corners with the traces and moreover the forms of the corner. Tons of alternate however I reflect it’s working effectively.

Q:

One thing else that’s changed is the co-driver. What’s the account within the aid of that?

DD:

On the total I’m with Ursula Mayrhofer within the auto however the challenge is with Austria is Portugal is on the red list of countries so she can’t traipse thanks to her work. I if truth be told believe to swap to a German guy and in Michael Wenzel I web an ideal one.

Q:

Your administration company is basically based no longer too some distance from right here, merely point out a little about them and are they coming right here to sight you this weekend?

DD:

Tiago Monteiro of the Skywalker programme is on our aspect and I if truth be told believe an ideal partnership with him. I’m chuffed we are in a position to dash in Portugal and I’m hoping he can come to discuss over with on Saturday or on Sunday.

Q:

Is that hanging added stress on you having the boss come to discuss over with?

DD:

I reflect no longer! It’s a pleasing feeling and extra motivation.

Q:

Turning subsequent to Efrén Llarena, a solid efficiency in Rome on asphalt, a little extra expertise now so what are the targets right here?

EL:

Evidently we don’t know exactly what our targets are all the blueprint in which thru the total weekend however we can strive to we know the weather cases will be altering the total weekend. We don’t know exactly however we resolve to be if truth be told immediate within the basic stages and after that strive to be strive to be immediate and be within the most efficient space for us.

Q:

You’ve got gotten some knowledge of the roads round right here. How?

EL:

Through the iciness we did some assessments with Peugeot Sport within the fresh Rally4 however clearly they weren’t the same stages than the rally. We know this form of dwelling because our crew is from right here. Nonetheless we don’t know exactly the weather cases so we can reflect about.

Q:

How irritating it is some distance to web the lawful tyre different when the weather is altering always?

CB:

It’s so irritating because when it begins to rain it is best to put plump wet weather tyres, however after that every person true away it begins to dry very, in a immediate time. In five or six minutes everything can alternate. That’s very irritating clearly. Shall we embrace, right here in shakedown we did three runs however in every streak we did the faulty tyre different. We can reflect about the following day however at this time time we weren’t chuffed with this.

Q:

Turning to Zelindo Melegari, you’re in a brand fresh automobile, the Alpine A110 RGT. Can you point out how and why?

ZM:

There would possibly be loads of attention for the auto. It’s the basic time for the fresh Alpine within the ERC. The automobile is terribly solid on Tarmac. The take a look at on wet Tarmac is a little bit irritating for the reason that tyre approach used to be no longer perfect, rain tyre when it used to be no longer wet and dry tyre when it used to be wet. The automobile is terribly straight forward to drive with loads of adjustments to the attach-up. I’m hoping to web an ideal rally and defend my space in ERC2.

Q:

Manufacture you scheme enormous points for the championship or strive to bewitch your class on the rally?

ZM:

It’s looking out on the weather! If the weather is love to at this time time this would possibly even be a irritating rally and we can strive to defend our space. If there isn’t such a thing as a rain and it’s dry we can strive to fight and preserve the most points that which you might reflect of.

Q:

What’s the understanding, extra rallies on this automobile or attain you return to the Subaru?

ZM:

I switch to the Alpine because we alternate from the Azores to right here and now we believe got Tarmac rallies now. Last year Hungary used to be Tarmac and grime and it would possibly maybe be the same for the Spa Rally. Evidently Alpine will be ultimate for Canarias. My understanding is right here and Canarias and I’m hoping the pandemic leaves us to streak all over.

Q:

Turning to Ekaterina Stratieva, welcome aid to the European Rally Championship. Finding budget is continuously irritating however how irritating used to be it for you to web right here this weekend?

ES:

To start with, I’m very, very chuffed to be right here again on this championship. Indisputably it used to be no longer straight forward to organise the budget for this year. In March it used to be extra straight forward to preserve a search at to organise. I was pondering to attain four or five rounds however after everything changed entirely and now it’s if truth be told irritating and loads of our sponsors believe a smaller budget to provide to us. Nonetheless the finest thing is we are right here and I’m hoping at some point I’m hoping we are in a position to organise extra races.

Q:

You’re aid with the Saintéloc Junior Crew. After taking part in a immense first season with them how perfect is it to be aid?

ES:

I’m very chuffed to be aid within the crew. Your complete years within the aid of me I was dreaming to be aid in a large crew with any individual to care about me, with professional of us who know very effectively the auto and things and the blueprint in which one can prepare. I know very effectively when I am going and I verbalize, ‘I possess this’ and would possibly maybe’t point out very effectively what I’m feeling, the engineer is conscious of very effectively what I’m feeling and can aid me. On the take a look at we did loads of adjustments on the attach-up and moreover at this time time and step-by-step I commence as a lot as invent extra self assurance. Optimistically the following day I won’t be to this level away.

Q:

The engineers give you recommendation however your crew-mates, Marijan Griebel and Alexey Lukyanuk, are two very experienced drivers. What are they helping you with?

ES:

At this moment I didn’t ask for something particular for the reason that vehicles are entirely diverse and every person has his hold feeling within the auto. Nonetheless in most cases I ask them. Shall we embrace on the Barum Rally just a few years within the past I was asking how one can web the notes for the crests because in Bulgaria we didn’t believe the crests so for things love this I ask.

Q:

What is your approach going to be for this rally and the blueprint in which irritating will it be?

ES:

I reflect this would possibly even be irritating, it would possibly maybe be extra straight forward if it used to be love in Hungary last year because there used to be loads of rain and grime. Right here it adjustments very immediate. You’ve got gotten sun then after it is some distance raining and the road is terribly dry in a immediate time. It’s critical the quantity of tyres. In the shakedown we had the faulty tyres for staying within the road however tonight now we believe got some time to take into consideration it and the following day we can reflect about.


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