Abel trial hat-trick

Motor Sport News - - Historics - Abel has high hopes, be­low

Lagonda LG45 driver John Abel (above) will try and com­plete a hat-trick of wins on next week’s Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club 1000Mile Trial. Abel’s 1937 car heads more than 40 cars into five days of com­pe­ti­tion, start­ing in Ed­in­burgh and fin­ish­ing at Wood­cote Park in Sur­rey. The fi­nal day starts with a se­ries of spe­cial tests at Good­wood. Spec­ta­tor in­for­ma­tion is at heroevents.eu

Do you re­mem­ber hit­ting any­thing in the stage?

“I don’t know if I hit some­thing, but the tyre went down quickly, then it went off the rim. I knew we had to keep on push­ing and we had some re­ally nasty mo­ments when I was try­ing not to lose too much time.”

“We had some of this on this event last year, when we were lead­ing then fin­ished third. At the time, when I was in the stage, it was dif­fi­cult to take. But you have to get on with it and do your job, there’s noth­ing else to do and, look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture, we got sec­ond place.it’s just so frus­trat­ing that we had this one in our hands…” “If we have the same pack­age that I had here, then yes, why not? Fin­land’s not the same place, it can be more tricky, but the car and the tyres were per­fect for me in Poland. I didn’t make a sin­gle mis­take, not one and I al­ways had the feel­ing that I could go a lit­tle bit harder if needed. That’s what we need if we’re go­ing to try to win Fin­land. It shouldn’t be too hard to find that feel­ing again, it was a punc­ture – it’s not like we crashed.”

Swe­den and now I have to go to Fin­land and start where I fin­ished here. I have to move for­ward again. While I don’t have much ex­pe­ri­ence in the car, it’s about mak­ing small steps.”

Breen has com­peted in Jy­vaskyla six times, four of those in a four-wheel-drive car.

“I’ve got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in Fin­land,” he said, “it’s the event I know the best in the cham­pi­onship and I’m more con­fi­dent and com­fort­able go­ing there with my first gravel rally [in 2016] un­der my belt. I’m not mak­ing any pre­dic­tions, but I want a good run.”

Be­yond con­firm­ing Breen’s Fin­land out­ing with the squad, deputy team prin­ci­pal Marek Nawarecki couldn’t shed any ad­di­tional light on the progress Breen or Le­feb­vre was mak­ing to­wards a full­time seat next sea­son.

“We are very pleased with what both the driv­ers did here,” he said. “They got to the fin­ish and saw the com­plete range of con­di­tions, deal­ing with the heat on days one and two and the chang­ing road sur­face to the heavy rain to­day.

“It’s too early to talk about next year, they are still in the learn­ing process. We don’t have a clear view yet for next sea­son. We start this process, but it’s a long one.”

JULY 6 2016

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