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Put up-tournament quotes from the FIA European Rally Championship class winners on the 55th Azores Rallye seem below.

FIA European Rally Championship 2021, Round 5 of 8

55th Azores Rallye, September 16-18, 2021

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN, TOKSPORT WRT, ŠKODA FABIA RALLY2 EVO (FIA ERC1 winner)

“This island is magical, one amongst my favourite rallies on the planet and I am so elated to be reduction, the folks are so certain and so elated. The rally changed into once very anxious because [Friday] changed into once corpulent of rain, very foggy, very muddy and on the present time changed into once loads better stipulations so you would possibly maybe merely receive gotten all forms of assorted stipulations available. It changed into once a monumental issue. The final stage, Sete Cidades, changed into once amazing and so many individuals over there observing. I am so elated we got undoubtedly high quality weather on that stage because the TV photographs will doubtless be completely amazing, to point to the field how amazing the Azores is. It changed into once a terribly high quality fight [with Dani Sordo]. We managed to originate a difference on the first two phases after service, we truly pushed arduous. For the final stage we would possibly maybe presumably relax a shrimp bit since it’s moderately a tough stage. We had some seconds [in hand] so I didn’t receive to protect dangers. In some locations it’s a shrimp bit upsetting to trail flat out so I attempted to protect care and pushed where I felt elated. I attempted to be suave. It’s a monumental result for us and the crew and for the championship it’s searching fair correct as successfully, so we’ll strive and push yet again in Fafe. We receive a mammoth lead so I am undoubtedly searching ahead to attending to Fafe, reduction to Portugal yet again already in two weeks.”

JAVIER PARDO, SUZUKI MOTOR IBÉRICA, SUZUKI SWIFT R4LLY S (FIA ERC2 winner)

“It’s a extremely fair correct job by your full crew and my co-driver, no longer gorgeous by me. The auto changed into once additionally very fair correct and continuously the concerns had been repaired within the service by generous folks. I am very elated with this third victory. On stage 11, one or two kilometres after the initiate, I feel the automobile changed into once shocking within the rear and once I performed the stage, I would possibly maybe presumably gaze it changed into once leaking initiate air the damper and it’s very tough to create love this because I would possibly maybe presumably no longer push. In the 2d stage of the afternoon I chase very tiresome since it’s straightforward to interrupt one thing. Now I raise out Rally Fafe, which I receive executed twice. It’s a extremely fair correct rally and I’ll chase there to push yet again.”

JEAN-BAPTISTE FRANCESCHI, TOKSPORT WRT, RENAULT CLIO RALLY4 (FIA ERC3 winner)

“Fancy I acknowledged to my co-driver [Anthony Gorguilo] it’s more difficult to protect out phases in survival mode than having to push thanks to the mammoth lead we had on the initiate of the day. Nonetheless we needed to continue to exist and create for the time being. It changed into once a lengthy day, but our handiest purpose changed into once to achieve the utmost aspects for the championship that we would possibly maybe presumably. Needless to claim it changed into once no longer straightforward and we needed to end centered because this rally changed into once very tough for the first time and it’s straightforward to originate a mistake or receive problems. We managed the automobile and we managed to end on the avenue, staying centered all day lengthy. The auto had no problems and this result is terribly finest for the championship. We are now main ERC3 as successfully as ERC3 Junior so we now receive to handle the subsequent occasions and give the utmost. For me I revel in riding the phases so grand on this automobile, the engine may maybe be very extremely high quality, the chassis is candy and clearly it’s a extremely fair correct automobile as we gaze from the final result. The crew is, in spite of everything, very fair correct as successfully and I receive to thank Renault Sport and Toksport WRT for this likelihood. I’m hoping we are able to proceed on this capability for the leisure of the season.”

EFRÉN LLARENA, RALLYE TEAM SPAIN, ŠKODA FABIA RALLY2 EVO (ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Manufacturing facility main finisher)

“We lose the rostrum in Roma by 0.3s and right here we acquired it by three seconds. Needless to claim it’s no longer the supreme capability to protect out it, if truth be told I am no longer elated about Ricardo Moura’s atomize, but we did our easiest. In the final stage we gorgeous chase flat out, the grip on the rear changed into once fully long previous and we had been gorgeous touching your full banks straight once I keep within the throttle. I attempted to be quick but no longer raise out a mistake. To be on the rostrum with two World Rally Championship drivers may maybe be very important, they’re two of the supreme drivers in Europe and the field and Dani is a Spaniard who has been on the planet championship for 12 or 15 years. It’s our fourth whisk on gravel in an R5 automobile, we are able to raise out it better but step-by-step.”


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