We also had a problem with a few spectators, who took it upon themselves to place rocks on the road and in one stage on Friday a rock was thrown at Thierry Neuville's DS3. I don't want to dwell on this too much, but it is not good. The organisers had to cancel one stage because of this, and that's a real shame. It didn't spoil the event, although such stupidity does beggar belief.
We go on to Portugal next at the end of this month and I am looking forward to another event on gravel.
I have a lot more experience with the car now on the loose and with getting the set-up to my liking, so that should really help.
Rally de Portugal is a great event and everything about it is good. The atmosphere is fantastic and there are always loads of spectators out on the stages. I enjoy the stages in the Algarve and I like the format they have now.
We will have a test before the event, but I can't say too much about it... Needless to say though, it should help for the fourth round in the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship. I've had some good points finishes on the Faro-based round in recent years and finished second back in 2007, but I'm going there aiming for the win this time.
Until next time,
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