Monday | 26 Jul 2021

Title challenger Bulacia boosted by Estonia podium

Marco Bulacia has talked of the confidence a Rally Estonia podium has given him in the battle for this year’s WRC2 title.

The 20-year-old, who only started in the sport in 2018, registered his first WRC2 stage wins of the season at this month’s Tartu-based fixture and finished third, less than 30sec behind Toksport Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

The Bolivian’s second podium of the season leaves him just 16 points behind Norwegian Mikkelsen and five down on second placed Mads Østberg.

Reflecting on his fifth start of the season, Bulacia said: “We have shown good pace here, winning stages and then missing out on maximum Power Stage points by just four tenths [of a second]. I’m happy with the podium and the points for the championship.”

Bulacia praised his Fabia which worked well on the fast stages.

Video: Rally Estonia Top 5 moments

“The car,” he added, “was perfect from the beginning. The team did a great job, so we worked a bit more because we were fighting with [Adrien] Fourmaux. It was a good fight – but a shame that he went off just before the Power Stage.

“But this result does give me a lot of confidence for the future. I have beaten these big boys on some stages, so I’m very happy with this. And we have to continue in this way in the next races.”

Bulacia, Mikkelsen and Østberg will skip the next WRC round at Renties Ypres Rally Belgium (13 - 15 August) and start Acropolis Rally Greece (9 - 12 September) as their next round.

“Greece should be good,” said Bulacia. “I haven’t been before, but I think it will be quite like Turkey. I’ve competed on that event twice and finished second in WRC3 twice. I guess it will be quite the same thing.”

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