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*Munster leads ERC1 Junior in third total with Llarena 2.6s within the relief of for Rallye Crew Spain

FIA European Rally Championship leaders Alexey Lukyanuk and Dmitry Eremeev mastered the moody climate to perfection by topping the Rally Fafe Montelongo rating at the completion of Saturday’s opening leg.

With stage stipulations switching between dry, damp and wet, driver skill and tyre grip made the adaptation on a tricky day in northern Portugal, though compound possibility offered a fixed headache for crews and their teams primarily based mostly at the provider park in Fafe.

For the length of leg one, drivers most regularly selected tyres looking ahead to dry climate to prevail correct for localised showers to coat the stages with water and leave them struggling on covers contaminated for the stipulations.

Lukyanuk, driving a Saintéloc Junior Crew Citroën C3 R5 on Pirelli tyres, turned into fastest on six of in the present day’s nine stages to reach the overnight stop with an righteous thing about 38.3s following a dramatic last loop of stages.

“We constructed some gap and tried to control it,” mentioned the Russian. “We had no drama, no moments so it appears to be like like, all in all, it turned into no longer so dreadful in the present day, even supposing we were struggling now and again within the loops. It turned into a loopy abilities [with the weather] but a sure feeling.”

Lukyanuk’s fortunes were in total distinction to his main ERC title competitors running within the relief of him throughout the all-asphalt stages. Craig Breen turned into within the rostrum fight when he bought caught out on a coating of oil nearing the discontinue of stage eight. Even if he achieved the plug, he did so with the left-rear wheel lacking from his Hyundai i20 R5 and would retire. It turned into unfortunate reward for a solid performance, which earned Crew MRF Tyres, an ERC newcomer for 2020, its first stage simplest within the championship on SS4 and underlined the event being made by the Indian company’s tyre development programme.

After his household-plug team labored throughout the night to repair his badly damaged Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 following his shakedown shatter, Oliver Solberg turned into heading within the correct direction to pay relief their efforts with third space, correct for a energy sing to present on stage eight. It ticket the 19-year-aged ERC1 Junior Championship chief more than six minutes and one other eight minutes were dropped as he limped through stage nine.

“It’s a blocked utilize or whatever happens after that,” Solberg mentioned at the discontinue of SS9. “We ran out of oil and sadly it’s no longer been our weekend essentially.”

Now not like his closest competitors, Solberg had opted for wet-climate tyres for the center loop, which he started in 2d space but achieved in fourth. “It’s sophisticated to determine up precisely what you hope for,” mentioned Solberg, whose mechanical sing turned into later traced to a turbo failure following checks in provider. “We went for a threat with the wet tyre, which is precisely what we went for on the first loop. We tried alternatively it didn’t repay 100 per cent. On the dry sections you lose one 2d per kilometre but I’m discovering out and that’s what I’m right here for.”

In the relief of Lukyanuk, Iván Ares emerged because the shock of the day with a stage victory on his technique to the provisional runner-up keep. Even if he’s proven solid flow on the ERC-counting Rally Islas Canarias within the past, his performance within the refined stipulations in a Hyundai i20 R5 turned into exemplary.

Grégoire Munster leads ERC1 Junior in his BMA Autosport-plug Hyundai, the Luxembourg driver finishing Saturday’s motion with his first outright European championship stage beget in a stunning third total. On the opposite hand, Rallye Crew Spain’s Efrén Llarena is correct 2.6s within the relief of with MOL Racing Crew’s Norbert Herczig a mere 12.5s further relief in fifth.

“It turned into sophisticated but essentially correct,” mentioned Munster. “We made essentially the most easy out of it, we tried to contain essentially the most easy possibility but no one had the particular possibility. It’s been a sure day but I don’t think regarding the rostrum. There are serene nine stages to head and we most effective did half of of the work. In these tricky stipulations something else can happen.”

ORLEN Crew’s Polish champion Miko Marczyk is third in ERC1 Junior in sixth total followed by class competitors Brose Motorsport’s Dominik Dinkel, Yacco ACCR Crew’s Erik Cais and Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy’s Callum Devine. Surhayen Pernía completes the tip 10 while Yoann Bonato is third total in completely the classification.

Guillaume de Mevius is P11 on his first rally since February, double ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel is P12 following a puncture on SS6. Ragged Austrian title winner Niki Mayr-Melnhof is P13, Albert von Thurn und Taxis P14 and ERC3/ERC3 Junior pacesetter Pep Bassas P15 for Rallye Crew Spain.

After going fastest in shakedown on Friday, ERC1 Junior Emil Lindholm crashed out on SS3 and received’t restart due to his Crew MRF Tyres’ Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo being past immediate repair.

Bassas is simplest with overnight lead in ERC3/ERC3 Junior

Pep Bassas overcame early energy problems to manual ERC3 and ERC3 Junior after Saturday’s motion in his Pirelli-geared up Peugeot 208 Rally4. He heads double championship chief Ken Torn, native hero Pedro Almeida and Amaury Molle. Sergio Cuesta crashed his all-recent Ford Fiesta Rally4 on SS1.

Érdi Jr beautiful in ERC2, Mabellini leads Abarth Rally Cup

Two-time champion Tibor Érdi Jr heads the ERC2 direct after going quickest in faculty on all nine stages. Dmitry Feofanov is 2d with Andrea Mabellini third and top Abarth Rally Cup contender. Zelindo Melegari, the championship chief outdated to Rally Fafe Montelongo, went off the boulevard on SS6 within the all-recent Alpine A110 RGT.

PROVISIONAL TOP 15 ERC POSITIONS (after 9 stages, 95.79 kilometres)

1 Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS)/Dmitry Eremeev (RUS) Citroën C3 R5 53m37.4s

2 Iván Ares (ESP)/David Vázquez (ESP) Hyundai i20 R5 +38.3s

(3 Yoann Bonato (FRA)/Benjamin Boulloud (FRA) Citroën C3 R5 +38.7s)*

3 Grégoire Munster (LUX)/Louis Louka (BEL) Hyundai i20 R5 +1m13.3s

4 Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernández (ESP) Citroën C3 R5 +1m15.9s

5 Norbert Herczig (HUN)/Ramón Ferencz (HUN) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 +1m28.4s

6 Miko Marczyk (POL)/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m34.7s

7 Dominik Dinkel (DEU)/Michael Wenzel (DEU) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m48.7s

8 Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE) Ford Fiesta R5 MkII +1m53.1s

9 Callum Devine (IRL)/James Fulton (IRL) Hyundai i20 R5 +2m09.2s

10 Surhayen Pernía (ESP)/Eduardo Gonzalez (ESP) Hyundai i20 R5 +2m17.3s

11 Guillaume de Mevius (BEL)/Martin Wydaeghe (BEL) Citroën C3 R5 +2m35.8s

12 Marijan Griebel (DEU)/Tobias Braun (DEU) Citroën C3 R5 +2m49.4s

13 Niki Mayr-Melnhof (AUT)/Poldi Welsersheimb (AUT) Ford Fiesta R5 MklI +2m53.0s

14 Albert von Thurn und Taxis (DEU)/Bernhard Ettel (AUT) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +3m04.3s

15 Pep Bassas (ESP)/Axel Coronado (ESP) Peugeot 208 Rally4 +4m05.9s

*Third in absolute classification, no longer eligible for ERC points

FIA ERC2: Tibor Érdi Jr (HUN)/Szabolcs Kovács (HUN) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

FIA ERC3:  Pep Bassas (ESP)/Axel Coronado (ESP) Peugeot 208 Rally4

FIA ERC1 Junior:  Grégoire Munster (LUX)/Louis Louka (BEL) Hyundai i20 R5

FIA ERC3 Junior:  Pep Bassas (ESP)/Axel Coronado (ESP) Peugeot 208 Rally4

Abarth Rally Cup:  Andrea Mabellini (ITA)/Nicola Enviornment (ITA) Abarth 124 rally


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