Friday 15 November 2013

Rally - Leader reflects

At the end of Day 2 in Wales, rally leader Sébastien Ogier reflected: “It is another typical Rally Great Britain, that much is certain. You can easily make a mistake and find yourself flying off the road. I have experienced that often enough in the past. The conditions are difficult, particularly on the ‘Myherin’ stage, where the grip level changed so often. For this reason, we did not risk everything all the time. Even I was surprised by my time this morning – fortunately it was a nice surprise. There was a great atmosphere on ‘Sweet Lamb’, and I’m sure the many spectators there were having great fun. You can see almost the entire route, which features a lot of spectacular jumps and the water crossing.”

But it wasn’t a perfect day! At 05:57 this morning, the Volkswagen minibus transferring the Volkswagen drivers and co-drivers from the hotel to the Service Park was forced to make an unscheduled stop.  Julien Ingrassia had suddenly realised he was minus a very important piece of equipment: his Pace Notes for day two. Having woken at the crack of dawn, ‘Juju’ had mistakenly packed the Notes for one of the other days. Without further ado, he climbed into the second car, carrying the medical team, and headed back to pick up the correct Notes while his team-mates continued on to the Service Park.

It goes without saying that all three Volkswagen pairings were ready and waiting come start time.

Isn’t it nice to know that even the great and the good can make mistakes – that means there’s hope for the rest of us!

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