ERC Junior Wagner aims for the top
Simon Wagner reckons he could have challenged for the top step of the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship podium on Rally Islas Canarias had it not been for his conservative approach at the start of the event.
Making his debut on the all-Tarmac contest, Wagner elected to preserve his tyres through the opening two stages on Friday morning, which ultimately meant he lost touch with the class-leading drivers, settling for third place instead.
“It was difficult on Friday,” the Saintéloc Junior Team driver explained. “I tried to save the tyres a lot on the first two stages and it was definitely the wrong plan. We switched to Plan B and we attacked on the long stage, which was much better. We still did a bit too much tyre surviving but we were on the pace.
“Being on the podium is definitely what we needed [after retiring on the Azores Airlines Rallye], we needed the points but of course we would have liked to finish first or second but the gap was too big [in the end].”