Two bottles of wine, a disappointing Euro 16 final, apart from the result (I live in little Portugal in London, you get to share their successes whether you want to or not) two beers, the rest of the whisky and a 3.30 or later finish. Not the optimum start to the day. Jonathan and I hugged in a moment of weakness. Usefully no witnesses or record – what goes on on tour stays on tour.
Still quite drunk
We did four stages today on quite rough surfaces. I think we probably did enough on the first two, but I made a mess of the next ones and I suspect we’ll have slow times. Performance a little dimmed by hangover and heat. Must do better tomorrow and hope the results are kind to us. I know the fast Volvo behind us took at least a minute of the four he needs to catch us on one stage alone, so he’ll push us back a place soon.
The heroic Manuel with his taxi, now with clutch.
Trip meter only goes to 9,999.99. So here on the bottom read out is Geen completing 12,000km today. The event mileage is nominally 13,685km, but of course we do more as we get lost or go to get fuel in the evenings.
Competition update: times were kind despite the hungover drive. We are now one minute behind a Merc in 10th, two minutes behind the Bristol in 9th (they swapped places today). So far we are putting in better stage times than both on all stages. If we don’t do anything stupid we could get in front of them both, putting us to 9th.
Good news too on the Kerry Finn Volvo, Car 74. Although they are catching us (and I would expect them to finish ahead of us) they’re not doing it as quickly as I thought they would. They only took two minutes off us today, but they are still seven behind. There probably aren’t a lot of competitive sections left in the event so we may just be able to keep in front.
All this has to be tempered with the knowledge that a puncture on a stage can cost you four to five minutes whether you change it or drive out on it. Also we need to keep our nerve and keep saving the car on the stages…