The no1 Lancia Delta Integrale of ‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons performed the 2nd leg of the 53rd Mecsek Rallye in Hungary at the head of the leader board and crossed the enact line as 2019 FIA European Historical Sporting Rally Class 4 Champions.
The Italian crew performed 43 seconds forward of the Class 3 no3 Porsche 911 SC of Karl Wagner and Gerda Zauner at the end of the 12th and final stage of the tournament, the 2nd positioned Austrians taking the Class 3 title for the 2nd time in a row.
Will Graham and Michael Johnston, who had been Class 4 championship leaders going into the last round in the no13 BMW M3, retired on the 8th stage of the day with an alternator pain, and this place the no4 BMW M3 of Valter Jensen and Erik Pedersen into 2nd build in the category and third total at the end of the day.
Karl Wagner had a number of considerations all the draw thru the day, in conjunction with a broken snatch cable, but the no3 Porsche got here dwelling at the head of the Class 3 field, over three minutes forward of their nearest class rival, the no2 Audi Quattro of ‘Zippo’ and Denis Piceno, with the no7 Porsche 911 of Pentti Veikkanen and Timo Jaakkola in third 32 seconds at the serve of the Audi.
The Class 2 title went the form of Anders and Ingrid Johnsen, the Swedes bringing the no5 Porsche 911 dwelling in 4th total and successfully forward of the no9 Alfa Romeo 1750GTam of Laszlo and Edit Mekler, with the no11 Toyota Starlet of Esa Peltonen and Jyrki Saarto in third 43 seconds at the serve of the no9 Alfa Romeo.
The no6 Porsche 911 Carrera RS of Paolo Pasutti and Giovani Campeis had been lying in 2nd build in a single day but had been given a 5-minute penalty after the automobile was once pushed thru the time management first and main of the day when the engine did not launch (Stewards Decision no3). The Italians got here dwelling in 10th total and 4th in Class 2.
The Class 1 victory went to the no16 Ford Escort Twin Cam of Ernie Graham and Tim Sayer. This was once Graham’s third victory of the 2019 season and he performed appropriate two facets at the serve of 2019 champion Antonio Parisi, the Italian already declared because the 2019 champion forward of the last tournament in Hungary.
Second build in Class 1 went to the no22 Ford Escort Twin Cam of James Potter and Karen Graham. Potter acknowledged after the rally that he hadn’t driven the automobile forward of this week and had never raced a lefthand drive automobile forward of. He performed 2m54s at the serve of his Flexifly.co.uk teammate and 1m 24s forward of the third positioned n20 Volvo 122S of Jari Hyvarinen and Jarno Ala-Turkia.
The last title that was once resolute was once for the FIA EHSRC team trophy and the 2019 champions are the Historical Rally Club Finland, the team ending up with 205 facets, appropriate one point forward of Rododendri Historical Rally, with Flexifly.co.uk Rally Team on 200 facets in third build.
Fabrizia Pons – no1 Lancia Delta Integrale – FIA EHSRC Class 4 Co-Driver Champion
“It has been a in actuality sturdy championship for us but in the final bustle we gained, so we are very cosy. It was once a sturdy rally for clear, particularly the stages following the tranquil autos, the prerequisites had been unimaginable. But we are champions and we are able to celebrate this tonight with our team.”
Karl Wagner – no3 Porsche 911 SC – FIA EHSRC Class 3 Driver Champion
“At final, we snatch the championship. On the first day it was once very onerous for us because on the first stage we hit the chicane, we had been going a bit of bit too snappy and the brakes didn’t work love I thought and from then on I was once a bit of bit fearful about this. But we then got sooner and sooner. We had a number of considerations, a snatch cable broke today once more, but we got the final end result today.
“The highlight of the season was once with out a doubt to snatch here. The downside was once having a competitor who had a puncture and didn’t let us pass, which is now not very sporting. Then once more, in any case all individuals is here, nothing took build, and we had some relaxing. We are in actuality staring at for next year.”
Anders Johnsen – no5 Porsche 911 – FIA EHSRC Class 2 Driver Champion
“We had been very fortunate this time, it is rallying, the relaxation can happen. I love this rally very grand. I love it when the prerequisites are totally different from stage to stage, it is some distance a insist to salvage a draw up that works for the total rally. I deem the stability in the EHSRC calendar is terribly proper now, I mean the stability between totally different kinds of rallies. I love the sooner occasions quite than the twisty ones, per chance because we are able to never draw proper instances on the twisty ones – too many hairpins!
“The auto was once pleasing today. We had one cramped insist in the morning when the throttle wire got stuck, so we had to alternate it but we most productive had seven minutes, so we didn’t carry out it smartly. So, we most productive had a half of open throttle for the first stages today but it absolutely didn’t topic that grand in any case. We are delighted to snatch the 2019 championship.”
CLICK HERE for the final end result from the 53rd Mecsek Rallye, Spherical 9 of the 2019 FIA European Historical Sporting Rally Championship.
CLICK HERE for the championship positions after Spherical 9