So Rally Finland didnt go as we planned and knew it could go if all worked! Rally started really well! Driving in very slippy conditions after 2wd cars was not ideal but still we made good two stagetimes, 3rd on first and 2nd on second. We knew Lankamaa 2 would be rough in the middle part and we took it extra easy avoiding all rocks and wholes.
About 11.6km in I remembered from past yrs that there was one place were very soft sand makes basically a sandgrave on braking, so I decided to brake offline avoiding the place, and of course there was this loose rock that found somehow its way to the oilcooler connector and broke it!
I cant tell you the disapointment that hit us with Peter! So much work, and all over because we just had no luck!
Well, if alot of bad also some good. We have decided to start working for next year already, together with some great guys! I hope we can during the next months give some more info but the work started today for my part. The rock have our project a name "hardasarock"!!
I want to thank all my sponsors Vivus.fi, Dmack, Sleipner, Alastarocircuit, Madcroc, Aussiebar, unibet, Atoy Autohuolto, Tallink, Game Seven, Masterpipe #teamelinajouhki, Autotek, Ken Rees and Ridrigo!
There is something going on for this year also and Ill keep u posted!
Thanks for all the sms and messages! Your support means alot!
19.7.2014 - Dissapointing result from ERC Rally Estonia
A week of going through ERC Estonia. Doing notes training and having a good test on Sunday.
Estonia was really difficult. Even if people said to me before rally, that its a very special rally were people now the roads very well and we have not driven anything since Sweden and only 2 rallies in last 3yrs, I still though that I would be there from start. Practise went ok, and quali would have been good without a small mistake.
5th car on the road on day1, and totally lost. No rhythm, no trust, driving very badly.. Had some issues with car setup but managed to chance them to day2. Driving overall was bad in day1, slowly started to feel better, but still was very slow.
For day2 we were 2nd car on the road, and as 1st car was using some own lines, basically 1st.. It was very difficult, but driving felt little bit better, but still no speed. I had some driving style issues and my notes were not very good.
Positive was that #autotek team and mechanics were great, DMACK Tyres worked super all weekend, as Otts speed showed, I didn't do any mistakes, and speed was slowly improving. We knew that the rally would be difficult but didn't believe that so difficult.
Well, now some times has gone by, and thoughts are positive again. It was a very important 240km of driving and getting some seat-time. Problem areas realized and worked on, so we are definitely ready for Neste Oil Rally Finland!
We will be doing a test on Sunday, to really get again up to sped and nature of Finnish roads. One thing is sure, last week was a lot faster !
Its never easy to come back after a long break, even if you know u can do it, but its mentally very learning. Many thanks for all the messages in twitter and FB. They really mean a lot and help.
BTW, remember that these rallies are for #elinajouhki #teamelinajouhki. U can join and make a donation for the investigations against all Cancers!!
I'll do everything possible for Finland, push as hard as possible, but trying not to make any mistakes, easy ! See you all great rallyfans soon in Neste Oil Rally Finland. #nevergiveup #believeinyourdreams #pushlikeneverbefore #staypositive #learn
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