Co-driver Carl Williamson.

Rally began splendidly and I led the rally after three special stages. On SS5 it started to happen, it was very foggy and I drove to ditch. Fortunately I managed to get out off the ditch without any bigger damages, so we continued. I caught the car before me and mud flew and covered our headlights so badly that we had to stop for a while. I lost eight minutes on that stage and our position dropped from 1st to 20th On Saturday I drove steadily among three fastest driver and we moved upward to 10th overall.

Motorsport News: “With visibility down to less than five metres, drivers had no option but to tiptoe their way through SS3, a 12-mile run through Harwood Forest, with young Finn Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford Focus WRC) quickest by nine seconds.”

10th overall, 5th in group A

Car: Ford Focus WRC-01.
Service team: M-Sport Ltd.
Engineer: Esko Reiners