Lappi “mystified” by the crash in Italy

Wednesday | June 08, 2022

Toyota star Esapekka Lappi says he remains mystified by the reason for his departure from the lead of Rally Italia Sardegna last week.

Lappi’s GR Yaris Rally1 lost its left rear wheel following an impact during Saturday morning’s Tempio Pausania practice.

The Finn started the weekend ahead of rival Hyundai Ott Tänak by 0.7 seconds. Unfortunately for Lappi, his Toyota finished the stage behind a tow truck.

“I analyzed this piece of road,” he said. “There was no rock on the recognition and looking on board I could not see him; Elfyn had nothing in his notes – there was no rock for him.

“Honestly, I couldn’t do anything different. I think it was the cars in front that dug it, then I hit it and it happened.

Video: Lappi crash in Italy

“I think it happened in a really unlucky place, but sometimes that’s what happens in this sport.”

Despite retiring on Saturday, Lappi feels he showed strong pace on his debut in a gravel-spec GR Yaris Rally1.

“The speed,” he said, “has been excellent on this event, as it has been on all surfaces so far this year, and that means the car is easy to drive.

“We just need to put it together. We will try to integrate the positive elements of this rally into our next event.

Lappi will be absent from the next event, where Sébastien Ogier will replace him at the wheel of Safari Rally Kenya, before a probable return to Estonia.

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