- Sep 1, 2008
I knew you were going to be faster overall regardless, so when I saw at the end of the stage (I don't use split times) that our times were close, I already knew something unusual had happened to you You will shine again, and the next tarmac rally should be yours to loseWell, had my RDRC-3 run on the little 5 Turbo. I'm usually terribly slower than avg on Sweden, more so with this short MR car (or the Stratos) that scares me on the fast sections while hovercrafting on snow.
It was a bit of a relief to set the first times without any pressure except for the first two stages "against" Daniel's times. Without much surprise, on slower zones I recovered some time, only to lose it all on the faster sections where I seriously wished for something more stable to step on 5th gear. If @Daniel Monteiro goes back to the snow soon, I hope he has the same fun chasing my times on a very PT turbo battle .
I was particularly weary of the fast Hamra stages (the first half where ugly crashes can happen), but these went event-less except for my pace. In the end it was in Ransbysäter on both S5 and S12 where I spun twice by grazing inner snowbanks when braking unbalanced in fast sections, and lost some extra time by having to reverse - lucky enough without damage to the front. Specially on S12, right at the beginning I struggled a lot with grip to boost my way out of corners.
See you all at the hotel, and stay/drive safe!