Jens, you can go to bed now and get your beauty sleep.
Car 65, Blomqvist / Goni is out in front after pushing hard on the first four stages of the rally. They are currently 18.6 seconds in front of Car 1, Richard / Richard. After the service break and reseed, the team will be first on the road for the remaing stages of the night.
Another note in case Mr. Heredos was wondering why we weren't faster on the one stage we completed last night: My stage note delivery pace was off, repeatedly calling what happened 20 meters after the crest a bit too late for proper speed over the crest, and Dave adjusted his pace accordingly. We had time to talk it over after the stage and I was much better on SS2, with our times probably a bit improved. The rust is gone and we're ready. The new turbo (VF-22) is whining more than it should, we may switch back to the old one (VF-30) before the start.
Between Paterson/Allen and us we hope to give the NW a better showing today!
And the race for 1st overall/GpN should be great. Richards' 9th road position at the start yesterday left them with some pretty good ruts to contend with, then they had some brake troubles on the first two stages after the reseed (SS 5 and 6). With no troubles today we'll see how Stig's lead holds up.
Fortunately we were completely free of any car problems for the 10,000 Lakes Regional rally on Saturday. The podium finish did not come easily though. Paterson beat us by a bunch on the 20-mile stage and was maintaining his lead. Home turf drivers that were definitely pushing us early on were Kendall and Olsen. Olsen has a Japanese STI motor in his "2.5 RS," but it had issues and wasn't running consistently. Kendall was within striking distance going into the last stage. The last stage was extremely twisty and I abandoned the risk free approach that I had employed all weekend. Unfortunately Paterson got stuck on that stage. He had done a good drive up until that point and I don't think we could have caught him.