Sat 29 Jul 2023

Millener: I personally want to thank the Estonian fans

Last week’s Rally Estonia didn’t go M-Sport Ford’s way, but team principal Richard Millener still departed Tartu for next week’s Rally Finland in a positive frame of mind.

Ott Tänak’s pre-event engine change hit the British team’s hopes of a second win of the season, but team-mate Pierre Louis-Loubet offered plenty to cheer with a fine Wolf Power Stage run to steal sixth place from Takamoto Katsuta.

Amid preparations for part two of the WRC’s summer of speed in Jyväskylä, Millener took time to thank Estonian fans for their support in the face of a tricky rally for their home hero.

Millener said: “I would like to take this chance to personally thank all of the Estonian fans for supporting Ott [Tänak], Martin [Järveoja] and the team over this tricky weekend.

“Rally Estonia is really fantastic and genuinely one of my favorites of the year, such passionate and knowledgeable fans along with some fantastic stages.

“Of course we were all really disappointed. To start the weekend with a five-minute penalty was a disaster, but we have to take the positives from the weekend. For me, there were a few, Ott’s pace and commitment on Friday was fantastic and seeing him get back to the top 10 in one and a half days was incredibly impressive.

“There are still changes we need to work on going forward but I hope the speed shown can help us in Finland.

“For Pierre-Louis, it was exactly the result he needed, showing his capabilities and speed and winning the battle for sixth on the final stage was the icing on the cake of his weekend.”

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