NIKOLAY GRYAZIN TAKES FIFTH PLACE AT RALLY ESTONIA

NIKOLAY GRYAZIN TAKES FIFTH PLACE AT RALLY ESTONIA
A puncture in the Power Stage ended podium hopes for the Hyundai Motorsport N driver at the WRC Rally Estonia.

Nikolay Gryazin and his co-driver Konstantin Aleksandrov took part in Rally Estonia as the FIA World Rally Championship returned to action after a six-month break.
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The fourth WRC round schedule consisted of 17 high-speed gravel stages of more than 230km in total.

The 22-year-old Russian driver, who's already competed in Rally Estonia twice – in 2015 and in 2019 – immediately mounted a fight as he was trying to squeeze the maximum potential out of his Hyundai i20 R5 '20. On Friday Nikolay started off by setting third fastest WRC 2 time on SS1, and he was aiming for the highest result.
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On Saturday Gryazin pushed harder and won SS4, and he ended that days' schedule in second place where he remained until the final stage. He was setting times regularly inside the top-two, assessing different settings of his car.
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Sadly, his hopes of a podium and second position in WRC 2 collapsed in the Power Stage. Nikolay suffered a front left puncture, lost time, and completed the event in fifth place.
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Nikolay Gryazin
Driver
"We finished Rally Estonia, but totally not in the way that we had expected or hoped. The target was just to complete the final Power Stage and to consolidate our second place. I was trying to make everything clean but at the beginning, in the first corners, a sharp stone caused a front left puncture.
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It is really frustrating to have missed a good result in such a way. I also feel bad for the team, but these things can happen in rallying. Aside from that, it was a fun and enjoyable weekend behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 R5. Big thanks to the team, to my co-driver, and to our supporters. See you soon!"
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