Leader Gryazin chooses chicken and pasta after 150kph ERC moment
ERC Junior Under 28 title-chasing Nikolay Gryazin admitted he was “worried” but is now “calm” following his high-speed moment on stage two of Rally Liepāja this morning.
The 21-year-old Russian has been fastest on all three stages so far on the closing round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship, despite his scare on the LDZ Cargo test in his Pirelli-equipped ŠKODA Fabia R5.
“I just lost the entry point going faster,” said the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship leader. “I was late on the corner, I go wide too much, lost the speed and the car started going inside in the ditch. We stopped, reversed and go again but after there was 700 metres of straight so it was a big [time] loss.
“I was worried but now I’m calm and it’s good,” said Gryazin at midday service in Liepāja where he’s been enjoying a bowl of chicken and pasta.
Gryazin will head out for this afternoon’s loop of three stages with a 10.6s advantage over ERC Junior U28 title rival Chris Ingram. “We are planning to get faster because we will correct some pacenotes,” he said. “But we will see what the guys can do, it’s important to be on the finish.”