Al-Rashed focused on ERC future after difficult Cyprus debut
Rakan Al-Rashed is looking towards his next outing after a disappointing turn of events on the Cyprus Rally, as his hopes of a strong result in the FIA European Rally Championship were extinguished by a powersteering fire.
From the very first stage the Toksport WRT driver’s luck was nowhere to be seen, as a throttle pedal issue cost him several minutes on Saturday’s opening loop.
His hopes of a better Sunday ended early when a powersteering failure on the opening test caused a fire that forced him to retire.
“This weekend is not for us. We keep having one thing after another happen,” explained Al-Rashed, who is co-driven by three-time ERC rally winner Hugo Magalhães.
“This morning, around eight kilometres into the stage, I felt something was wrong with the steering. It was too heavy. My first thought was a puncture, so we stopped. It turned out we broke the steering, there was a leak and it caught fire.
“We had a really bad weekend but it’s behind us now and I’m trying to think about the next event right now.”