Date: 7th May
Day: 1 Flash No: 8
Special Stage 6: Paleohori 2
Length: 12.43 km
Weather: Cloudy, 16o C
Road conditions: Rough gravel and mud
1 KAJETANOWICZ Kajetan - BARAN Jaroslaw FORD Fiesta R5
“This was a very hard situation, we still have problem with the brakes. You can imagine when you are pushing so hard and you need to brake, and there is no response! We are still in a fight with ourselves”.
2 LUKYANUK Alexey - KAPUSTIN Roman FORD Fiesta R5
“It was a crazy stage, really muddy; we survived and we are happy to be here. I don’t want to make any mistakes”.
3 TARABUS Jaromir - TRUNKAT Daniel SKODA Fabia R5
“It was very good for us. In this stage we drove carefully, because tomorrow is going to be a long day. We are happy with our pace”.
6 JEETS Raul - TOOM Andrus SKODA Fabia R5
“We made no mistakes. It’s a very difficult rally, this stage was so slippery”.
9 ATHANASSOULAS Lambros - PANAGIOTOUNIS Elias SKODA Fabia R5
“It was very slippery. We drove slower than we thought, but it’s OK. We wanted to finish the day and fight tomorrow. It is a very difficult Rally”.
10 KOLTUN Jaroslav - PLESKOT Ireneusz FORD Fiesta R5
“In this stage the conditions were completely different. It was muddy and very slippery”.
11 SIRMACIS Ralfs - SIMINS Arturs SKODA Fabia R5
“In this stage I felt like driving in winter conditions with summer tyres! Tomorrow we are going to keep pushing. I think we can win this!”.
12 TLUSTAK Antonin - KUCERA Ladislav SKODA Fabia R5
Retired before the stage with damaged fuel tank.
17 CHUCHALA Wojciech - DYMURSKI Daniel SUBARU Impreza WRX STI
“We just take care of the car. We drove properly and manage to get back to finish”.
18 RANGA Peter - BAN VIKTOR MITSUBISHI Lancer EVO IX
“It was like driving on ice. The tyres are destroyed and it was very slippery”.
19 JACQUET RIOS Jose Luis - VARGAS PEOA Hernan MITSUBISHI Lancer EVO X
“We went a little bit off the road in a muddy spot. We are happy to have finished the day”.
Day one is over and Ralfs Sirmacis still leads the classification, with Alexey Lukyanuk just 8 seconds behind him. Jaromir Tarabus is third but 19.5 seconds ahead of Lambros Athanassoulas, who lost time in the last stage due to tyre wear.