Mark­lund rues dis­as­trous race end

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Volk­swa­gen RX Swe­den driver An­ton Mark­lund suf­fered to­tal front brake fail­ure af­ter the fin­ish line of the fi­nal be­fore col­lid­ing with the rear of Sol­berg’s Citroen DS 3.

The ac­ci­dent caused sub­stan­tial dam­age to the front of Mark­lund’s Volk­swa­gen Polo, which has been flown back to Europe for re­pairs.

The for­mer FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Tour­ing Car Cham­pion had bat­tled with Sol­berg through­out the main race of the week­end at the TroisRivieres event, de­spite suf­fer­ing from a rear tyre prob­lem – to­tally un­re­lated to the brak­ing is­sue af­ter the che­quered flag.

He ex­plained: “I had small con­tact with a con­crete bar­rier in the third cor­ner of the fi­nal, which dam­aged my left-rear tyre. I was able to keep Pet­ter be­hind me, but on the last lap he was just too fast with my tyre prob­lem, so that I just got the car to the fin­ish.

“Un­for­tu­nately af­ter the fin­ish line I had front brake fail­ure – I had no pres­sure on the front brakes at all and it just locked up the rear end and slid into Pet­ter, who had been brak­ing be­cause of the fin­ish flag. It was a huge hit. It’s a pity to end a good week­end like that, the guys have a lot of work to do be­fore France now but I know the team is very good and hope­fully it will all be fine.

“I am okay my­self, I just have some sore mus­cles and I will be back rac­ing very soon again. Of course I wish Pet­ter all the best and I hope he is fully fit again very soon.”

Mark­lund rues brake is­sues

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