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Maciek Szczepaniak column: Today wasn't so good...
13 April 2013 Michal Kosciuszko's co-driver Maciek Szczepaniak reflects on day two of Rally de Portugal where a mechanical problem in SS10 saw the duo lose at least 10 minutes and slip outside the top-ten to P14 in their Lotos Team WRC-run MINI John Cooper Works WRC car...
Good evening everyone,
Today wasn't such a good day for Michal and me. On the opening stage of the day, SS6, the 31.12km Santana da Serra test, we climbed to seventh and were feeling very positive. We held this position throughout the next two stages before midday service and our feeling in the car was good.
Unfortunately, on the first stage of the afternoon, SS9, the second pass through Santana da Serra, we clipped the rear right of our MINI John Cooper Works WRC approximately 6km from the end of the stage and lost about 40 seconds. We dropped down to ninth overall, but got through the stage safely and were ready to chase down eighth place again.
However, around 15km into SS10 our MINI cut out. We lost at least 10 minutes and dropped to 14th, but fortunately were able to get going again and complete the afternoon stages. We don't know exactly what caused the problem, but our engineer will analyse the data this evening and then we will know more.
Now we are focused on Day Three. We hope that everything will go smoothly. It isn't impossible to achieve our goal of finishing the event in the rop ten. In rallying, anything can happen, so we need to stay focused until the end.
I'll be back tomorrow to update you on our last day of Rally de Portugal.
Bye for now,Maciek