Novikov crashes out on SS2 of Rally Finland
- 31st July 2009, 7:53pm
Aussie Dale Moscatt and his Russian driver, Evgeny Novikov, have crashed out of Rally Finland on the second stage.
Moscatt spoke to www.wrc.com after the accident.
According to Moscatt, however, this morning's accident was not caused by driving too fast.
"We went off on a classic high-speed Finland stage, with lots going on and lots of information in the pacenotes. It looks like Evgeny misunderstood or misheard a note and went the wrong way," Moscatt said.
"This wasn't down to overdriving, it was a case of getting caught up in the pace notes and losing concentration. The tree line is deceptive on the corner we were approaching - it looks like it goes the other way," he added.
"His notes are different to everybody else's, it's a very complex system and it needs refinement. But that's not unusual - only last year Sebastien Loeb said he was still modifying his system. We're still working at an early stage."
Moscatt and Novikov expect to be back on Saturday as SuperRally entrants.
"The impact with the trees ripped off the car's cooling system and a lot of bodywork, so it looks a bit second hand, but mechanically it's okay," said Moscatt.
"We stopped on SS3 because the rear suspension broke - it must have been damaged in the crash - but I'm confident we won't have a problem getting out again with SuperRally."
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