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Challenging Rally Finland for Esapekka Lappi

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.