At what point did you start to realize you might actually get some really good results after all?
“On the second day, when I finished in 13th place, I knew it was because a lot of top riders had made a big mistake navigating – something like eight of them. So, I was well aware it would be difficult to make it into the top-ten regularly, because under normal circumstances, I would’ve finished behind those guys, too. And then the next day, my KTM broke down with an electrical issue. It felt like I lost whatever chance I had of getting a strong result. It was such a massive disappointment. That completely changed when I heard I had actually been fighting for the podium until then. It boosted my confidence a lot."
“In the first stages, I had already noticed that I could excel on certain terrains. Like for instance, on the fast, rocky plains. On those sections, you’re almost constantly in fourth, fifth, and sixth gear. The stage was like that on the day I eventually came in third. Starting from around twentieth place, I overtook so many riders. It almost felt like a MotoGP race. Because of the high-speed nature of the rally stage, we had our first fuel stop relatively early on. One of the officials came up to me. ‘Number 1,’ he said. I was like, no, my racing number is 90. But he meant I was in first place. I could not believe it. Not until he showed me the classification at least. It’s a shame I got a time penalty in the end, but for me it was just really cool to be able to run at the front like that.”