Rally Estonia: training before the WRC Rally Finland

Rally Estonia: training before the WRC Rally Finland
Last weekend, Nikolay Gryazin and Yaroslav Fedorov had the final "warm-up" before the start at the most high-speed round of the World Rally Championship.

Three weeks before Rally Finland the SRT team crew went to a race which traditionally used by the World Rally drivers as a training one before the iconic Finnish round of the WRC. Nikolay and Yaroslav went to the Rally Estonia, which this year was held as a promotional event for the WRC.
Due to its high profile, the race was attended by a strong list of competitors: each of four WRC factory teams entried at least one crew. Our team's goals for Rally Estonia was to drive out before the high-speed Rally Finland and try the various options of settings.
Unfortunately, our crew didn't succeed in getting involved in the fight for the victory. A mistake on the first jump of SS1 resulted in hard landing far off the road, a puncture of the right rear wheel and a loss of two and a half minutes. After that, Nikolay focused on showing the fastest times on special stages, fighting with Oliver Solberg, who was leading the rally in RC2.
For the remaining one and a half days Rally Estonia Gryazin became the fastest on 9 out of 15 special stages, rising from the 14th position in the RC2 category to the 4th. Moreover, the Russian driver managed to catch Teemu Suninen (the M-Sport factory driver, who started in Tartu with the newest Ford Fiesta R5 Mk2) on the final stage of the rally.

Nikolay Gryazin
"Despite the mistake made on SS1, we are pleased with this rally. We aimed at showing the highest possible speed and I believe that we did it: the number of special stages won speaks for itself. A thousand thanks to Oliver, who became our sparring partner in Estonia and actually helped us to raise the pace.
Speaking about technique training, we managed to try various options of settings during the race. We have chosen ideal diffs and suspension which we'll use at Rally Finland."
Nikolay Gryazin's performance will continue this week: this week he will start the Italian round of the European Rally Championship this week. Rally di Roma Capitale will take place on 19-21 July. SRT crew performance will be covered on the official website and in the Telegram channel, as usual.