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Top two separated by 5.4s, high 10 by 45.7s heading into deciding leg of Rally di Roma Capitale

*ERC title leader Lukyanuk completes in a single day podium as Gryazin fights support from early delay

*Pardo heads Vinyes in ERC2, Bassas on high in ERC3 following heartbreak for Bernardi

*Battling Torn in front in ERC Junior, Franceschi leads shut ERC3 Junior say toddle

*Poloński tops Abarth Raly Cup narrate, Timur first in Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT

Andrea Crugnola is successful a gladiatorial-vogue wrestle for Rally di Roma Capitale glory with Giandomenico Basso, upstaging the double European champion to lead by 5.4s following an action-packed day within the searing Italian sunshine.

Crugnola dethroned Basso to turn out to be Italian champion for the first time final season and the ERC Junior graduate has the edge over the 2019 Rally di Roma Capitale winner after seven phases.

But the Hyundai Rally Crew Italia driver reckoned he might presumably well additionally were even additional sooner than his compatriot and rival had it no longer been for a “silly mistake” on Saturday’s closing bustle.

“We started very properly by successful the first stage in Rome final evening and we are persevering with this day,” said Crugnola. “We want to proceed this trudge but it with out a doubt’s no longer with out a doubt easy on memoir of the alternative drivers are pushing loads. It’s shut and this is able to presumably well be a tricky wrestle the next day. I made a silly mistake on the final stage and misplaced loads.”

Crugnola started Saturday’s action main Basso by 0.6s following his quickest time by contrivance of SSS0 Caracalla in Rome final evening. But Basso turned into once in front following this day’s opening test, which he accomplished 1.7s faster than Crugnola. Crugnola hit support on SS2 and turned into once 4.4s faster than Basso, but Basso turned into once quickest on SS3 to nick Crugnola’s margin to 2.5s heading to the midday cease in Fiuggi.

Basso, who obtained SS4 and shared the quickest time with Nikolay Gryazin on SS6 either side of a Crugnola finest time on SS5 aboard his Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo, said: “It’s been a posh day, but I’m elated to be here. We are second for now and we are able to detect for the next day when we are able to push.”

New from his WRC3-successful heroics on Rally Estonia final week, FIA European Rally Championship leader Alexey Lukyanuk is third overall in his Saintéloc Junior Crew Citroën C3 Rally2, 21.8s within the support of Crugnola. “We ought to mute were faster, but we are missing something with the keep-up,” said the Russian.

Damiano De Tommaso demoted Norbert Herczig for fourth on SS4 but a 20-seconds penalty for a driving infringement drops the Italian to P10, leaving Herczig – who turned into once factual 3.8s within the support of De Tommaso following a solid efficiency by the Škoda Rally Crew Hungaria driver – in fourth. Rallye Crew Spain’s Efrén Llarena is 3.2s within the support of Herczig on his first starting up on asphalt aboard his Fabia Rally2 Evo. Miko Marczyk (ORLEN Crew) demoted CHL Sport Auto’s Yoann Bonato for sixth on Saturday’s closing bustle, albeit by a scant 0.7s. Italian championship leader Fabio Andolfi is eighth and zero.4s sooner than Umberto Scandola, who’s ninth for Hyundai Rally Crew Italia.

Simone Tempestini is 6.4s off the tip 10 in P11 with Craig Breen 0.8s within the support of Tempestini in P12 for Crew MRF Tyres. Ole Christian Veiby is 0.7s adrift of Breen in P13 in one other Hyundai i20 R5 with Simone Campedelli and Giacomo Scattolon finishing ERC scorers in P14 and P15 respectively.

Andreas Mikkelsen is P16 for Toksport on his Roma debut and a long way from elated following a tricky day in his Fabia. “I’m combating loads with the automobile but there’s no rhythm at all,” he said. “It’s a tricky rally.”

Erik Cais battled handbrake and rear differential factors in some unspecified time in the future of this morning’s loop but is P17 aboard his Yacco ACCR Crew Ford Fiesta Rally2. Grégoire Munster has been hampered by understeer but remains in contention to get his first capabilities of the season in P18. Alberto Battistolli and Josh McErlean spherical out the tip 20 sooner than Iván Ares. Czech newcomer Dominik Stříteský is P23, whereas Gryazin is one fetch 22 situation additional support after he turned into once compelled to trade a damaged front-left tyre on SS1. Luis Vilariño is subsequent up.

Rachele Somaschini P30 on her ERC return and her first appearance at European stage in Rally2 machinery. A damaged left-rear tyre dropped Motorsport Eire Rally Academ’s Callum Devine out of the capabilities battle this morning. Nil Solans turned into once fifth overall when an accident place him out on SS2.

Ideal Pardo forward in ERC2, Poloński primed for Abarth Rally Cup honours

Javier Pardo has continued the keep he left off on ORLEN 77th Rally Poland by main ERC2 in his Suzuki Motor Ibérica-entered Swift Rally2 Package. The Spaniard leads Joan Vinyes by 16.1s with Abarth Rally Cup pacesetter Dariusz Poloński in third. Championship leader Dmitry Feofanov is fourth on his first outing on Tarmac in his Suzuki. Subaru driver Michał Pryczek is fifth sooner than Abarth Rally Cup driver Roberto Gobbin. Csaba Juhász is seventh but an electrical swear of affairs dropped Victor Cartier’s Toyota Yaris Rally2 Package into avenue mode in some unspecified time in the future of the afternoon to switch away the Frenchman down in eighth.

Torn powers to ERC Junior lead

Ken Torn overcame a powersteering swear of affairs to high the ERC Junior narrate in his M-Sport Poland-bustle, Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta Rally3. Oscar Solberg, who’s competing on his first asphalt match in four years, is second in one other Fiesta Rally3 but pissed off after some notorious keep-up calls this morning.

Bernardi’s ERC3 heartbreak lets in Bassas, Franceschi forward in ERC3 Junior

Florian Bernardi turned into once main ERC3 by 3.8s on his return to the FIA European Rally Championship. But an off on SS5 left his Renault Clio Rally4 too badly damaged to proceed. It means Rallye Crew Spain’s Pep Bassas holds the in a single day serve in his Peugeot 208 Rally4 sooner than ERC3 Junior contenders Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (Renault Clio Rally4) and Alejandro Cachón. Norbert Maior, Martin László and Łukasz Lewandowski (Opel Corsa Rally4) entire an evenly-matched high six. Franceschi leads ERC3 Junior with Sami Pajari, the capabilities leader in ERC3 and ERC3 Junior earlier than Friday evening’s starting up in central Rome, eighth in ERC3 and 6 in ERC3 Junior within the support of Gash Loof. Daniel Polášek has battled brake factors, whereas and engine fire compelled a devastated Amaury Molle to retire his Ford Fiesta Rally4.

Timur tops tight Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT wrestle

A tight wrestle is raging within the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT with 12.2s masking the tip three. Turkey’s Yigit Timur leads the come-and-power class for the Clio Rally5 on MICHELIN tyres with a 5.1s serve over Argentine Paulo Soria. Andrea Mabellini is third, 7.1s within the support of Soria. Ghjuvanni Rossi is fourth after tyre factors. Bastien Bergounhe turned into once compelled to retire with a broken driveshaft this morning.

PROVISIONAL TOP 15 ERC POSITIONS (after seven phases, 66.90 kilometres)

1 Andrea Crugnola (ITA)/Pietro Ometto (ITA) Hyundai i20 R5 40m42.7s

2 Giandomenico Basso (ITA)/Lorenzo Granai (ITA) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +5.4s

3 Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS)/Alexey Arnautov (RUS) Citroën C3 Rally2 +21.8s

4 Norbert Herczig (HUN)/Ramón Ferencz (HUN) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +34.8s

5 Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernándes (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +38.0s M

6 Miko Marczyk (POL)/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +43.8s M

7 Yoann Bonato (FRA)/Benjamin Boullloud (FRA) Citroën C3 Rally2 +44.5s

8 Fabio Andolfi (ITA)/Stefano Savoia (ITA) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +45.3s

9 Umberto Scandola (ITA)/Danilo Fappani (ITA) Hyundai i20 R5 +45.7s

10 Damiano De Tomasso (ITA)/Giorgia Ascalone (ITA) Citroën C3 Rally2 +51.0s

11 Simone Tempestini (ROU)/Sergiu Itu (ROU) +52.1s M

12 Craig Breen (IRL)/Paul Nagle (IRL) Hyundai i20 R5 +52.9s

13 Ole Christian Veiby (NOR)/Jonas Andersson (SWE) Hyundai i20 R5 +53.6ss

14 Simone Campedelli (ITA)/Tania Canton (ITA) Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 +55.5s

15 Giacomo Scattolon (ITA)/Giovanni Bernacchini (ITA) Volkswagen Polo GTi R5 +57.5s

M = Eligible for ERC-MICHELIN Talent Manufacturing facility incentives

FIA ERC2: Javier Pardo (ESP)/Adrián Pérez (ESP) Suzuki Swift Rally2 Package

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

FIA ERC Junior:  Ken Torn (EST)/Timo Taniel (EST) Ford Fiesta Rally3

FIA ERC3 Junior:  Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (FRA)/Anthony Gorguilo (FRA) Renault Clio Rally4

Abarth Rally Cup:  Dariusz Poloński (POL)/Łukasz Sitek (POL) Abarth 124 rally

Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT: Yigit Timur (TUR)/Onur Aslan (TUR) Renault Clio Rally5

ERC-MICHELIN Talent Manufacturing facility: Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernándes (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo


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