Sebastien Loeb has returned itself leadership in the General classification of “silk Road”, admitted that the third stage particularly suited him due to the similarities with the classic rally.
“Silk Road”, the third stage: Loeb became leaders, “KAMAZ” – near the first three
“Today the track was drier than before, so I decided to attack from the very start – said Loeb. Navigation was difficult, but Daniel is fine with it. The stage was in the style of classic rally that really suits me. At some point I was overtaken by team-mates and opened the route from this point, we were driving carefully. I hope tomorrow will turn out the same, but it will be a very long special.”
Stephane Peterhansel, who was ahead of Loeb, admitted that lost today partner in speed, but found advantages in the second position: “Very nice stage, high grass, forest. In the first half of the race we opened the track, but then Sebastien Loeb ahead of us, and it was a Wake-up call. But to go behind someone it was much easier to open the track difficult. No doubt, today SEB was just faster.”
Zhou Yong – the main sensation of the Cup due to their third final, said that the right mental attitude helped him to go at the same pace with the leaders: “Yesterday’s stage was a disaster for us, I arrived covered in mud and an hour laundered jumpsuit. It gave me time to ponder your mistakes and analyze them. And I realized that, since I’m not fighting for a high score, you need to calm down and go clean the next step. It happened, and I’m glad that managed to show good results, but we still have a lot to learn and I only learn this car.”
One of the “losers” of the stage was Gerard de Rooy. The driver admitted that Iveco loses much “KAMAZ” in the corners: “We started second, quickly overtook van den brink and went first. We quickly found the correct route, but decided not to cut the corners. Yes, it would help to win back some time, but we have a new truck, and I didn’t want to risk it. After some time, I was ahead of “KAMAZ”, and I saw the difference between their car and his – they just left us in the turns. And in the end had problems with the suspension – this is the first problem in our machine”.
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