Why more stages would have suited Neubauer in the ERC
Hermann Neubauer didn’t want Rally Islas Canarias to end after the Austrian finally found his form during the closing stages of the recent FIA European Rally Championship counter.
Neubauer languished in P30 at the finish in Las Palmas after a time consuming puncture dropped him down the order.
However, he was already out of the victory fight at that point having struggled to find his usual pace through a lack of confidence and optimal set-up, before a late charge resulted in a sequence of rapid stage times.
“On the second it was really wet and it killed completely my confidence,” Neubauer explained. “After the crash in Azores we had a new car and I didn’t want to make a mistake again, it was hard to trust my pacenotes and my driving was not good. I was so focused on entering the corner at the maximum speed that I always killed the speed on the exit of the corner.”
Of his late resurgence, Neubauer said: “For sure it got better and better and with one or two services more we could have found the last step with the set-up. The last three stages I lose 0.7s to 1.0s per kilometre [to the leaders] and I know where I lose the time and where I can gain it. I didn’t want to make any scratch on the new car when normally I am trying to give the best I can. This rally was different but with a few stages I could have shown my pace. But I am happy with my driving.”
Neubauer will skip the rallies in Greece and Cyprus – he and his wife will become parents during this period – before returning to ERC action on Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July.