Sardinia : Red Bull Skoda Team - Leg 1
The drivers for Red Bull Skoda suffered from a lot of bad luck today at the start of the seventh WRC event in Sardinia. Both Andreas Aigner and Harri Rovanpera had their share of problems and consequently lost plenty of time.
Andreas Aigner was in big trouble early in SS 2: “Just 2.5 kilometres into the stage I had my first tyre failure, a short while later I noticed another puncture, I just managed to get to the stage finish with it. Since there were three stages in a row and we only had one spare on board, I had to complete the 22 kilometres of SS 3 with a blown tyre. That's where I lost most of my time. In the afternoon everything was back to normal, I felt confident at the wheel and was quite happy with the times I posted, after all it's my first time on pure gravel.
Harri Rovanpera returned to Olbia very disgruntled: “In the morning I caught up with Matthew Wilson on both SS 1 and SS 3, I lost some time this way. Why I couldn't go faster otherwise I'm not really sure myself, even though we changed the Fabia WRC's complete setup at service. On the penultimate stage I suffered from transmission troubles on top of that, the team management decided to stop ahead of time in order to prevent more serious damage, so I can restart tomorrow thanks to SupeRally regulations.”
Press release Red Bull Skoda Team