Last year’s Rally Finland winner, Esapekka Lappi, set out to defend his victory, but lost some time already on the first stage on Friday when he stalled in a junction and finished day 1 holding P8. The Finnish duo charged up to fourth place after a superb performance on Saturday, when they won three of the day’s stages. Unfortunately they had to retire from fourth place after a crash on the first stage of Sunday morning.
– Saturday was a really strong day, particularly the afternoon. During the morning we managed to gain three places, then in the afternoon I really pushed hard and didn’t save any tyres at all. It was a risky game as we didn’t have much rubber left for the last stage, but yet we were fastest!
– Unfortunately my rally ended pretty soon after we started Sunday morning. The car felt really good, it was just my mistake. I went a little bit too wide, dropped a tyre into the ditch and hit a tree stump, which sent us spinning. The start of this rally was already tough for us, and although Saturday went much better, it has been a disappointing weekend for me. However, congratulations to the team, to Ott and to Jari-Matti for their results.