Plenty learned but podium loss a blow for ERC Junior Yates
Rhys Yates could have made it two FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship podiums in succession had it not been for a double puncture on Rally di Roma Capitale.
That’s the verdict of the CA1 Sport driver following his run to fifth in class on the challenging asphalt event in Italy.
“Our expectations were not too high but a podium could have been possible without the punctures,” said the Briton, who placed a fine third in ERC Junior Under 28 on the Azores Airlines Rallye in March. “But we’ve learned a lot from this event and the Italian stages. They are fast, flowing stages but they tighten really quick and that takes a little bit of getting used to when you are writing your own pacenotes and committing to them straight away against guys who have done these kind of events several times.
“The punctures ruined our rally so it’s really disappointing and frustrating. The first puncture, you kind of accept because we hit something, but the second one we don’t know where it came from but that’s rallying at the end of the day and there are positives to draw from it.”