Monte: Half time Friday report – videos, photos and quotes as Craig Breen fifth overall and “quite happy”
Craig Breen and Paul Nagle are in fifth place after five stages of Rallye Monte Carlo.
They are sandwiched between two former Hyundai colleagues, Thierry Neuville is in fourth place and is 5.8 seconds ahead while Ott Tanak is only 8.2 seconds behind.
The crews are preparing for a repeat loop of three stages – the same three they tackled this morning.
Here is what Craig and Paul had to say this morning. Quotes supplied by Richard Micoud of the Rallye Monte Carlo Press Office.
SS 3: Roure / Beuil (18.33km)
“Average. There is so much potential in this car, you really have no idea. I just don’t have the confidence to stick my neck out everywhere. There’s a lot of time left to come,”
Video of SS3 by CO’N of Kerry Motorsport News content pool
SS5: Guillaumes / Péone / Valberg (13.49km)
“Honestly, the potential is just bursting out of this thing. I was a little too cautious and I got it completely wrong. It’s very encouraging because I feel like I’m at 60% of where we need to be and we can improve lots and lots.”
SS5 Val-de-Chalvagne / Entrevaux (17.11km)
“I’m discovering Monte Carlo conditions again after a few years. It was very middle of the road, just trying not to make mistakes. Okay, our pace hasn’t been amazing, but we have to be quite happy.”
Video of SS5 by CO’N of Kerry Motorsport News content pool
Toyota co-driver Aaron Johnson is in eighth place alongside Takamoto Katsutat
After the fifth stage Eamonn Boland and MJ Morrisey hold 37th overall and are in fourth place in the wrc-2 Masters Category in their Ford Fiesta Rally2.
After an official fuel halt and tyre service town of Puget-Théniers, a town stepped in the history of the Monte Carlo Rally, the crew will repeat this morning’s three stages.
Roure starts at 14:16, Valberg at 14.19 (via a fuel stop at Puget-Théniers) and Entrevaux at 16.37.
Then it’s the long hike back to Monaco for service at 18:52 marking 12 full hours in the car.
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