Our tactic for this rally was to save the car and tires because our latest successful event was Rally Monte Carlo in January.
Driving wasn’t too consistent but we didn’t made any mistakes. With this setup we were at third after friday.
On saturday we decided to try to ensure our position because Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier were driving too fast for our risk level. Our team mate Esapekka Lappi was in the fourth place, not too far from us, so we weren’t able to play too safety. We had good competition with EP until the last special stage of saturday. Recharger from our Yaris stopped working. We tried all that we can to go to service, but liaison distance from the stage end was more than 100 kilometres, but we had to retire when battery charge ended.
We got 14 minutes time penalty, but we were able to participate on sunday, again under Rally 2. I was able to achieve seventh place. In the Power Stage I tried to got some points, but I stalled the engine in the hairpin and that’s why we lost those points.
Thierry Neuville won Sebastien Ogier only by 0,7 seconds and EP Lappi was third.