Carrying Hyundai’s hopes in Greece final weekend, Ott Tänak couldn’t undermine Kalle Rovanperä’s dominance, ultimately conceding a 42.1-inch outlay on the winner. This Acropolis Rally has a brand new one. occasions been marked by numerous technical glitches for the troops of the South Korean producer, all the time in delicacy with its reliability.
Ott Tänak himself stated he was fortunate to have managed to begin his i20 Coupe WRC earlier than the final stage. A plume of blue smoke billowed from the automotive after an electrical downside occurred on Sunday morning and disadvantaged the 2019 World Champion of windshield wipers in moist situations. It was additionally a mechanical downside that slowed the Estonian within the final particular on Saturday morning, permitting Rovanperä to flee just a little extra by recovering about fifteen seconds.
Fourth within the occasion, Dani Sordo didn’t encounter any specific downside, however Thierry Neuville can not say the identical. The Belgian misplaced all hope of performing effectively on Friday due to an electrical downside that affected his energy steering. Penalized, he completed eighth and his title hopes have been lowered to heartache. This repeated lack of reliability, within the continuity of what Hyundai has already skilled for the reason that begin of the season, significantly aggravated Andrea Adamo.
“I am unable to deny it has been a irritating weekend”, concedes the crew director. “Sadly we now have had the identical points recurring every so often, which annoys me. I’ve to say that every one three crews did a tremendous job, so I thank them. In life you must be sincere, and I consider that this weekend we now have to confess that Toyota was stronger than us. ”
“Our preparation is not any excuse, however when you do not win, you must analyze if you wish to progress. Perhaps we ready this rally below situations that we anticipated, however which in actuality have been completely completely different. The kind of highway we confronted was completely completely different. When it is gradual and slippery, we all the time battle with the automotive, and this rally was no exception. “
Thierry Neuville, who estimated as early as Sunday night that his title probabilities have been already lowered to nothing, primarily regrets the dearth of reward for all of the efforts made.
“We gave it our all this weekend and we fought from begin to end”, he remembers. “Sadly, there isn’t any reward for all this difficult work. Our rally was over on Friday due to the ability steering issues. After that, our aim was to regain locations to attempt to save what could possibly be saved. Frankly, I feel we deserved greater than that. We gave completely every part and we did not get what we should always have. “
With Tom Howard