Lappi reflects on his crash in Sardinia

Esapekka Lappi is talking about his crash at Rally Italia Sardegna which was inevitable and is looking forward to the next event as he is being positive with the speed of Toyota GR Yaris Rally1.

The Toyota driver was leading Rally Italia Sardegna at the end of Friday despite the front puncture he had in Stage 5 and his gap from the second Ott Tanak was only at seven tenths of a second.

However, he was forced to retire on the first stage of Saturday as his Yaris went through a compression and pinballed between a wall and two rocks before coming to a rest in some bushes. 

He and his co-driver, Janne Ferm, were not able to continue in Stage 10 as the rear left wheel and the suspension components had beeen ripped of their Yaris which meant that he could not make any repair to it.

"I analysed that piece of road", Lappi said.

"There was no rock on the recce and looking at my onboard I couldn’t see it; Elfyn didn’t have anything in his notes – there was no rock for him. 

"Honestly, I couldn’t do anything different. 

"I think it was the cars ahead digging it out, then I hit it and that happened.

"I think it came in a really unlucky place, but that’s what happens in this sport sometimes.

“The speed has been great on this event, as it has been on every surface so far this year, and that means that the car is easy to drive. 

"We just need to put it together. 

"We’ll try to take the positive things from this rally into our next event".


Photo Credits: Toyota

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