Lindholm gains important experience in tarmac conditions
08 November 2020
Team GRX's Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen finished 21st in the FIA ERC Rally Hungary. Škoda's Finnish duo, which had to retire on Saturday, continued the rally on Sunday with a 10- minute time penalty on their backs.
FIA ERC Rally Hungary was going according to plan for Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen until two kilometres and one slippery turn changed everything. The Finnish duo’s opening day ended with a retirement in the last special stage, the ninth special stage of the competition. Lindholm's Škoda got stuck from the bottom of the car on the side of the road. At the time of the retirement Lindholm was fourth in the rally.
“It's harsh sometimes. One turn and that’s it”, Lindholm recalls.
Late autumn rains and fallen leaves that made Hungarian roads slippery brought Lindholm an important experience for the future.
“I have never before driven on similar tarmac roads where the grip varies in every turn and even in the middle of the turn. Today we drove stages fast and surely. On two of the six special stages of the day the conditions were what we knew they would be, so I actually dared to push the gas pedal”, Lindholm says.
“This rally was my first tarmac rally where the grip really varied a lot. As a first timer I didn’t really have a lot of experience: I should drive similar rallies if I’m going to consider driving in the Monte Carlo rally for example. Sunday’s special stages brought me more important experience and knowledge for the upcoming events”, Lindholm reminds.
Lindholm regretted the misfortune of Indian tyre giant MRF Tyres: when there is a good result on the way something unexpected happens. Lindholm's teammate Craig Breen, who was second in the competition, had to retire because of an engine failure. Škoda’s Andreas Mikkelsen won the Rally Hungary.
“I am sorry for our team. This misfortune makes me a little bit speechless, but I am very happy with the MRF Tyre’s contribution”, Lindholm says.
“In the ERC Rally Hungary every turn was different in grip. We got a lot of important experience and in the end we also drove to the finish line of the rally. These are the things on the top of my mind”, Lindholm ends.