The Madeira Rally, the seventh event of this year's European Championship, ended in disappointment for the championship leaders Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula. The Finnish drivers of ŠKODA Motorsport fought against bad luck to remain in a podium place for a long time, but an electricity defect in the last special stage sent them down to seventh in the end. Yet Hänninen & Markkula have managed to reinforce their lead at the top of the European Championship.
Hänninen & Markkula were third up until the start of the last special stage, which is why Juho Hänninen did not try to hide his disappointment: “I think we have put in a very good performance here and that we could have fought for the podium if we hadn't had back luck in both Leg 1 and Leg 2. Obviously, we are disappointed now, it's been a lovely event, but we have to look ahead. We have remained top of the European Championship and that's the most important thing for the entire team”.
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