STOBARTS WEATHER THE STORM, THE SNOW, THE SUNSHINE
The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team drove through four seasons in one day at Rally Turkey. Kosti Katajamaki finished Leg 2 in 5th showing he can handle all conditions and he even got some of his favourite surface -- snow. Meanwhile Matt Wilson consistently ploughed on through the mud and finished in 13th position.
Kosti, who suffered a puncture and hand brake problems during the morning's stages, set some lightening times this afternoon as the thunder raged over the Turkish mountains.
"I am happy with today and to retain my fifth position overnight. Tomorrow I will be pushing hard to try and catch Chris Atkinson. It great to show that I can be as quick as the regular drivers in the WRC," said the Finn who is competing in just selected rounds of the championship.
Matt and co-driver Michael Orr, who dislocated a vertebra on a stage yesterday, solved some their under steer issues but just as they were getting comfortable in the conditions, they were met with all sorts of unexpected occurrences!
"I sit so low that I can't see out the window so I kept trying to sit up to see what the white stuff was all over the road. It wasn't until we braked and I heard a whoosh that I thought, it must be snowing!" said the injured co-driver.
"It has been tricky for us again today. I started making up some time when we sorted the under steer problem but then it started raining again and the conditions were horrendous. I've never driven in anything like this, we've had flooding, snow and sunshine - unbelievable!" said Wilson, who is the youngest driver to score points in the WRC. Team Manager Malcolm Wilson added "It has been a good day for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Team. Kosti has driven really well and kept the pressure on the boys in front. Whilst Matt keeps building his experience which is so important, especially in extreme conditions like here. Both cars just need to finish the 50 kilometres tomorrow."