Saintéloc ERC juniors work into the night after theft
FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 27 drivers Simon Wagner and Catie Munnings were forced to recce Rally di Roma Capitale’s stages well into Friday night, following a break-in to one of their Saintéloc team’s recce cars.
Wagner and Munnings, along with their co-drivers Gerald Winter and Anne Katharina Stein, lost their pace notes, race suits and other equipment in a theft on Thursday before SS1 in Rome.
Saintéloc’s third driver Miika Hokkanen and co-driver Reeta Hämäläinen were not adversely affected, despite their recce car also being involved.
“Our recce car was parked in central Rome and broken into. They stole everything, we have nothing,” explained Wagner on Thursday.
“The laptop is gone, the GoPro camera is gone. They also stole a six pack of water bottles, it’s crazy.”
With their pace notes gone, Wagner and Winter were granted special dispensation by organisers to recce all of the rally’s remaining stages, while Munnings and Stein were permitted to recce all of Saturday’s tests.
This allowed both crews to write replacement notes from scratch by driving through the stages first-hand, rather than relying on video footage, some of which had also gone missing in the theft.
“Our preparation was perfect. I was really happy with everything but now it’s a new game for us. I hope we will survive,” Wagner concluded.