M-Sport's Eric Camilli says a pacenote error was responsible for his highspeed roll on day two of Rally Finland.
Camilli had been running ninth after the opening test on Saturday, 21.2secs off Ott Tanak in P8. However, the Frenchman's event came to a premature close in the next test, Paijala 1, when he rolled his Fiesta RS WRC car 2 kilometres in.
Camilli and co-driver Ben Veillas both escaped unharmed, however, they will not be able to re-start on Sunday as the rollcage was too badly damaged.
“My pacenote into a left-hand corner was too fast,” Camilli admitted. “We went into a ditch and then into the trees and rolled the car. It was a big one – a proper crash – but we are both okay which is the most important thing.”
“We have [also] proven that we have the potential to be fast here in the future. Finland and Sweden are the most difficult rallies for a Frenchman – especially a Frenchman experiencing them for the first time – so it was a positive to challenge some of the more experienced drivers this weekend. We need to remember that,” he continued.
“This wasn't the finish that we wanted, but it wasn't a bad weekend either; and next we have a series of Tarmac rallies that I am really looking forward to.
“I know that I have more knowledge and more feeling with the car on that surface.
"Rallye Deutschland [next up] is my favourite event of the year. We have competed there twice before and we are really motivated to do well there.”
Meanwhile, M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson was quick to give Camilli the vote of confidence.
“People often forget just how little experience Eric has when compared to those he is competing against. Make no mistake, the times he has been setting this weekend show great potential,” Wilson underlined.
“We all know that he has a lot to learn - and his pacenote error is evidence of that - but all of the ingredients are there.”