Both Citroen Junior crews, Kris Meeke and Chris Patterson, and Daniel Sordo and Oriol Julia had to stop the rally today in the second group of stages (SS5) after they broke a rear left suspension. Their cars were repaired after being brought back...
Both Citroen Junior crews, Kris Meeke and Chris Patterson, and Daniel Sordo and Oriol Julia had to stop the rally today in the second group of stages (SS5) after they broke a rear left suspension. Their cars were repaired after being brought back to Lamia service park, and both drivers will restart tomorrow morning as permitted by the regulations.
Before this, both Kris and Dani had managed a good start. They were lying in second and third position respectively after three stages, only thirty seconds behind the leader.
"In the first loop", explained Kris Meeke, "I found the car was understeering too much. We modified the set-up at the midday service and as we started on stage 5, I knew we had gone in the right direction. But three kilometres into the stage, we had to stop with a broken rear left suspension. Of course it's disappointing but the Greek event is very tough for everybody. Tonight we still lie tenth and tomorrow we will restart with the target of making it to the finish. We will count the points at that moment..."
Daniel Sordo was as disappointed but as determined as his team-mate. "I started to push a bit harder on the second loop. In a 'six-gear-right' corner, I felt something was wrong with the car. The rear left suspension just broke. It's a pity because I think what had been changed on the car at the midday service was paying off. I was more confident with the car. Now we just need to keep our motivation, first to continue to learn and also because we still have a good chance to score points."
Citroen customer programme's technical manager Alexis Avril admitted they needed time to "come to any conclusion on that problem. We have to evaluate the impact on such a rough terrain as nothing similar happened in Sardinia. We will carefully look at the damaged parts, control the welding etc. We will make sure this problem will be solved and won't happen again..."
Young Conrad Rautenbach and his C2 run by the PH Sport team experienced a problem free day. They lie in sixth position tonight. The midday service was the occasion for the team to change the set-up significantly. "Conrad liked the set-up we had determined during our pre-event tests in Livadia, explained team boss Bernard Piallat. But in the stages he didn't feel too confident with the car. We went back to the original settings and at the last service we carefully checked the suspension thanks to the information given by our colleagues from Kronos."