Fast ERC Junior times please Munnings, impress team
Catie Munnings produced arguably her best performance so far in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship with a succession of fast times on the final day of Rally Islas Canarias.
The 20-year-old Briton, who still lacks experienced compared to her rivals, was much closer to the category frontrunners than ever before to underline her potential at the wheel of a Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2.
“I’m so happy,” Munnings said afterwards. “I’ve worked so hard and finally to be on this pace is fantastic, especially here where the top three Juniors are completely flat out and only a few seconds apart. Now we know what we can do.
“We’d had a lot of understeer on the first day. I think it was due to my lines from not being on Tarmac since Rome last year. We also dropped time opting for soft tyres in the damp but then on the second day we tweaked a few things and something just clicked – some of it was me, some of it was the car but suddenly everything just somehow felt on a different level and the times were straightaway on a proper pace.
“We always gauge ourselves per kilometre against the fastest ERC Junior U27s and set targets for each rally. After the first day I thought this target was optimistic but we just smashed it. Anne [Katherine Stein] was just spot on with the notes and I just zoned-in. It was such a great feeling and I can’t wait for the next one.”
Saintéloc Junior Team’s Vincent Ducher said: “Catie and Anne were flying and it wasn’t just on one stage, they did it again and again. Also, it was against the very fast guys during a big battle to win. It will be a very different. Catie we see from now on. Don’t forget, this was only her eighth ever rally so she’s a fast learner.”