WRC Wales Rally GB: Hanninen set to restart

Hyundai's Juho Hanninen poised to re-start on Wales Rally GB after going off and ending up in a ditch in SS3 on Friday
Hyundai's Juho Hanninen should return for day two of Wales Rally GB, re-starting under the Rally 2 regulations after his premature exit on Friday.

Hanninen was running eighth overall after the first two stages, but went off in SS3 and ended up in a ditch. He was unable to continue and had to retire from the leg.

“We knew from the first stages today that the conditions were bad and would present us with some unique challenges,” said Hanninen. “I felt quite good after the first two stages, despite the muddy and wet conditions, but in SS3 we lost the car and ended up in a ditch.

"It was impossible to re-join the road so we had to retire for the day. The team will inspect the car when it gets back to service later tonight but it looks like we will be able to restart.

“I hope for a better and trouble-free day tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, team-mates Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon finished the day sixth and 12th respectively in the sister cars, the latter losing out this afternoon due to power steering issues. Paddon had been ninth prior to those problems.

“It has definitely been a challenging day but I think we have worked well to get the most out of ourselves and the car,” said Neuville. “I have been reasonably satisfied with the car even if we know there are some areas in which we can still improve.

“This morning went well and we were in the battle for the top three for much of the day. We struggled this afternoon in the slippery conditions but we achieved our target of finishing the day and we'll sit down with the engineers to make some changes for tomorrow. I'd say it's been a solid learning day for us.”

“It's been a while since I've competed in conditions as slippery as the ones we've faced today so it took some time to get used to the varying grip levels in the stages,” Paddon added. “It's been tough but we've gritted our teeth and pushed through, determined to make the end of the day.

“Unfortunately, we developed a power steering problem during SS5. We completed the stage but had to stop to try and fix the problem.

"There wasn't much we could do so we had no other option but to carry on regardless, which wasn't easy. This is a new event for the team and for the Hyundai i20 WRC so we have to learn from it and improve, which we hope to do in tomorrow's stages.”
by Rob Wilkins

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Juho Hanninen, Tomi Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC,  #8 Hyundai Motorsport)
Juho Hanninen, Tomi Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC,  #8 Hyundai Motorsport)
Juho Hanninen, Tomi Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC,  #8 Hyundai Motorsport)
Juho Hanninen, Tomi Tuominen (Hyundai i20 WRC,  #8 Hyundai Motorsport)

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