So here we were, Rally japan 2004. Minding my business, doing my stages.
Then suddenly....pfuuuit....no more boost. Ok, there was still some turbo boost, but it was missing what I think they called the overboost or something like that. Well, you get the point, I was having a turbo problem.
It was not such a big problem because there was just a superspecial to do. I knew the guys could fix it in service.
So we drove back to the super special, arrived there, and I found out I was going against Harri Rovanpera. I thought to myself, "oh crap", he's gonna lap me in there...
So I went up to him and said: "Hi, how you doing... etc, etc."
Then I asked if he wouldn't mind taking it easy, you know, not kick my butt too hard in the stage, so I wouldn't look too slow. To my big surprise he said: "ohkay"
So, he did! He actually took it easy and beat me by only a second or so.
After that he came and said, laughing, "hey! are you sure you had a turbo problem??"
I assured him that, indeed I really had low power. He believed me, I think. It was true, I really had a problem.
Harri was nice enough to not "wipe the floor" with me on that super special, that day. Nice guy.