M-Sport's Ott Tanak says “one bad note” was responsible for his exit on day two of RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada.
Tanak had been running third overall, until he carried too much speed into a right-hand corner near the end of the second test this morning. He then understeered into a barrier and ripped the front-left wheel off his Fiesta RS WRC.
“We went out this morning with the same good feeling we had last night,” said Tanak. “Of course I have quite a lot less experience on tarmac than I do on gravel, and we were in a position where we had to push really hard, but I think our pace was actually pretty good.
“In the end it was just one bad note – one bad note, on one corner, in 26 kilometres of corners. The note was far too optimistic and we understeered into the barrier and took the wheel off.”
Tanak will now re-start on Sunday under Rally 2, albeit down in 51st position: “Tomorrow I want get out there and see what we can do,” he added. “We had some pressure on us today and we had to push hard so it'll be nice to drive without that pressure. I just want to find that sweet limit – without pushing – and get a good feeling on tarmac.”