ERC Junior Gryazin: Roma frustrations forgotten
Nikolay Gryazin insists he’s over his exit from the opening leg of Rally di Roma Capitale, the third event of the 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship.
Gryazin was in the hunt to repeat his Rally Islas Canarias category win but dropped out of contention with a powersteering failure before a damaged gearbox led to his retirement nearing the end of Saturday’s action.
Although he won his class on leg two, he languished in sixth place in the category for young stars in R5 cars.
“On the fourth stage we hit in a slow corner the inside and lost the powersteering so we had to stop and restart the car,” said the Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia driver. “Then we lost the clutch but decided to start with no clutch, just full throttle so it damaged the gearbox. We hoped it would be okay [to get back to service] but in the last stage [on Saturday] it was broken totally. But what happened, happened.”
He continued: “Sunday was good, we were in the finish and we forget about yesterday’s disappointment. We had good speed but we’ve got to be faster so we need to try another something, maybe more training because it’s not the best speed I know.”