WRC Rally de Portugal stage 8 notes and quotes, results top 15 - Evans keeps leading

WRC Rally de Portugal stage 8 notes and quotes, results top 15 - Evans keeps leading

20.05.2022: WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally de Portugal SS8 Mortágua Friday, May 20th 2022 All LIVE here and Videopass Car 69. ROVANPERÄ/HALTTUNEN pictured



WRC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Rally de Portugal
SS8 Mortágua
Friday, May 20th 2022

All LIVE here and Videopass



Car 69.    ROVANPERÄ/HALTTUNEN pictured

“It was slippery as expected. I don’t know how much it will clean for the guys behind. Otherwise we did quite a good job, The second passes on the previous stages was not so easy to open the road.”



Car 11.   NEUVILLE/WYDAEGHE

Lost 1min 28sec to title rival Rovanperä in the stage. Damage to the front left wing. “I lost a wheel on the road section and I had a damaged drive shaft.



Car 42.   BREEN/NAGLE

Spun on a left-hander near the finish and lost time (53 seconds) regaining the track in his own dust.



Car 8.    TÄNAK/JÄRVEOJA

“I was just driving through and getting it through.”



Car 18.     KATSUTA/JOHNSTON

“Hard work. The car is bouncing a lot. Not so fun to drive but I am here. I am happy.”




Car 44.     GREENSMITH/ANDERSSON

“For me the softs (coupled with the two hards) made the car impossible to drive. It was really disappointing.”




Car 33.   EVANS/MARTIN

Maintained a lead of 10.7 seconds after Neuville’s issues. “It was not nice in there to be honest. Thick sand was dodgy in places and zero grip. A bit conservative. But we are here”



Car 16.     FOURMAUX/CORIA

“I was really enjoying in these stages but my tyres were quite worn and the grip was changing a lot. It was a clean stage for me, even with quite used tyres. It was quite frustrating with a puncture on the first stage this afternoon.”



Car 7.      LOUBET/LANDAIS

Lost out on a potential third overall when we clipped a banking on one side of the track and hit the bank on the other side with reduced visibility in his own dust. “I miss a junction again. I have no spare tyre so I cannot push.”



Car 6.      SORDO/CARRERA

“It was good. I was driving a bit faster in some places. Candido was doing a great job in this stage. I say thank you.”




Car 20.     MIKKELSEN/ERIKSEN

Misfiring engine. “On the last stage, at the end, I started losing power. I don’t know. We drove quite clever this afternoon. Our opponents had trouble. We will find out in service.”



Car 21.      SUNINEN/MARKKULA

A shredded rear tyre was the cause of the Finn losing his WRC2 lead in Arganil 2. He reduced Mikkelsen’s advantage to 38.3 seconds in this stage. “That as an okay stage. Before, we had a puncture. We drove 10-15km/h in a hairpin and we had a puncture (SS7).





Car 23.      SOLBERG/EDMONDSON

“A long day tough day I tell you.  I had this dust since the second stage today. Elliott is doing a great job of managing to breath, Double slow puncture today. I hope we can continue. It’s okay and the most important is that we are here.”



Neil Perkins



OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 8



1     #33     GBR E. EVANS     GBR S. MARTIN     GR Yaris Rally1     M     RC1     1:23:05.6        


2     #69     FIN K. ROVANPERÄ     FIN J. HALTTUNEN     GR Yaris Rally1     M     RC1     1:23:16.3     +10.7     +10.7


3     #6     ESP D. SORDO     ESP C. CARRERA     i20 N Rally 1     M     RC1     1:23:48.1     +31.8     +42.5


4     #18     JPN T. KATSUTA     IRL A. JOHNSTON     GR Yaris Rally1     MT     RC1     1:23:54.4     +6.3     +48.8


5     #44     GBR G. GREENSMITH     SWE J. ANDERSSON     Puma Rally1     None     RC1     1:24:02.5     +8.1     +56.9


6     #7     FRA P. LOUBET     FRA V. LANDAIS     Puma Rally1     None     RC1     1:24:14.0     +11.5     +1:08.4


7     #11     BEL T. NEUVILLE     BEL M. WYDAEGHE     i20 N Rally 1     M     RC1     1:24:37.6     +23.6     +1:32.0


8     #42     IRL C. BREEN     IRL P. NAGLE     Puma Rally1     M     RC1     1:24:51.9     +14.3     +1:46.3


9     #16     FRA A. FOURMAUX     FRA A. CORIA     Puma Rally1     M     RC1     1:25:08.3     +16.4     +2:02.7


10     #8     EST O. TÄNAK     EST M. JÄRVEOJA     i20 N Rally 1     M     RC1     1:26:43.1     +1:34.8     +3:37.5


11     #20     NOR A. MIKKELSEN     NOR T. ERIKSEN     Fabia Evo     WRC2TDC     RC2     1:27:29.0     +45.9     +4:23.4


12     #21     FIN T. SUNINEN     FIN M. MARKKULA     i20 N     WRC2TDC     RC2     1:28:07.3     +38.3     +5:01.7


13     #26     FRA Y. ROSSEL     FRA V. SARREAUD     C3     WRC2DC     RC2     1:28:21.6     +14.3     +5:16.0


14     #23     SWE O. SOLBERG     GBR E. EDMONDSON     i20 N     WRC2DC     RC2     1:28:47.5     +25.9     +5:41.9


15     #25     POL K. KAJETANOWICZ     POL M. SZCZEPANIAK     Fabia Evo     WRC2DC     RC2     1:29:34.3     +46.8     +6:28.7







./..

times remain provisional





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