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Some competitor quotes from Day 3

Our in-field reporter caught up with a number of competitors at the start of Rossarden. Have a read of what they said.
ADAM GOSLING: “We’re very pleased with our day.
We had a few ups and downs with the car yesterday, but today we’ve had a perfect run.
We didn’t even expect to be in the lead.
We’ve inherited it from other teams which had issues, I’m assuming.”

MICHAEL BRAY: “We backed off a little bit when we saw Jon Siddins had crashed out.
But we found out when you do that you lose rhythm and get out of sync with the calls and the driving, sometimes it’s easier to keep the pace up.
We’ve got a pretty good lead, but it’s also a long event, so we’re just aiming to keep it straight and get to the end now.
We’ve got plenty of tyres left and we’ve been careful not to burn them up coming out of corners, so we’re okay if it doesn’t rain.”

STEVE GLENNEY: “We’re managing to stay in touch, but we need some rain.
Rain is a big leveller with horsepower and tyres, but all we can do is stay in touch.
The Sideling was a cracker this morning and we managed to stay in touch through there, but the horsepower disadvantage came into play after that.
We need to stay within five or ten seconds a stage if we can.
If there’s a bit of rain, making up a minute becomes possible.”

MATT CLOSE: “I’m happy with today – we only lost a little bit of time.
Our tyre and tyre and suspension package is working very well.
The Sideling was great – we all (the top three) had what we thought was a pretty good go but too have three very different cars all come out within two seconds of each other is just incredible.”

JASON WHITE: “Our tyres are starting to become an issue. We did what we thought was a good pace through The Sideling and we weren’t sparing our tyres through there. But after that I felt we needed to back off a little, but as soon as we did that Matt Close started taking five-second chunks out of us.
We decided to have a bit more of a crack after lunch and we did our best ever time up Elephant Pass, which was great fun.
We could do with some wet stages, but the weather forecast doesn’t look promising in that regard.

One of our front tyres is looking like it’s ready for the bin already.

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