Erik Cais managed to overtake Jan Kopecký with a great time in PS9, taking the lead of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the fourth round of the FIA European Rally Championship.
For the 22-year-old Czech it is the first time this has happened in his career. He had started the PS9 “Pindula” with 5 “8 to recover from his rival, but along the wet 18.95km he was 7” 9 faster than the Czech Champion. This means that the Yacco ACCR Team standard bearer – who is joined by Jindřiška Žáková – now leads by 2 “1 with his Ford Fiesta Rally2.
Kopecký, 2013 ERC Champion, had been in the lead since the SuperSpeciale “Zlín” on Friday evening, and now he finds himself having to chase in a very tight battle.
Andreas Mikkelsen, winner of the PS4, is third and with the bonus points of the stage temporarily rises to the top of the ERC rankings, as the leader Alexey Lukyanuk, had to give up the event after an accident suffered in the midweek tests.
“It was hard to understand where the mud was as it was now night, you could earn 20” or crash into a tree “, comments the Norwegian.
The Toksport WRT rider is 16.6 from Cais with his Škoda, but with a good margin over Simon Wagner (Eurosol Racing Team), slowed down by the pop-off valve in the morning.
Filip Mareš climbed back to the Top5 thanks to the second time in PS9 “Pindula”, overtaking Norbert Herczig (Škoda Rally Team Hungaria) and Miko Marczyk (ORLEN Team), very cautious in the final.
Efrén Llarena (Rallye Team Spain) does not have an optimal starting position and is fighting for eighth place, behind Callum Devine (Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, Ford Fiesta), Miroslav Jakeš, Petr Semerád, Yoann Bonato and Martin Koči.
Martin Vlček is 14th on his debut with the Hyundai i20 N Rally2, keeping behind the ERC Junior leader, Ken Torn, who completes the general points zone behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta Rally3 of M-Sport Poland after passing Alberto Battistolli and Luis Vilariño.
Jari Huttunen instead crashed into Team MRF Tires’ Hyundai in PS7, which also saw Albert von Thurn und Taxis go KO. Adam Březik raised the white flag due to a technical problem. Tomáš Kostka hit a tree in PS2 and damaged the right front rim. Dominik Stříteský hit a tree in PS3 at very high speed and was taken to hospital for examination.
Érdi leader in ERC2, Poloński in Abarth Rally Cup
A problem on the front right of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X did not stop Tibor Érdi Jr in the ride he is making in the ERC2 Class. The reigning champion is first with 13 “4 on Victor Cartier (Toyota Yaris Rally2 Kit). Dariusz Poloński gains on the wily and loses in the wet with his rear-wheel drive Abarth 124 rally. The Pole is in any case third in the lot and first in Abarth Rally Cup, where Roberto Gobbin finished second overtaking Martin Rada, who reported a hydraulic problem in the PS “Pindula”. Csaba Juhász completes the Top6 despite a hydraulic boredom. Championship leader Dmitry Feofanov (Suzuki Swift Rally2 Kit) is out. and Michał Pryczek (Subaru Impreza).
Solberg out, Torn controls ERC Junior
With Oscar Solberg retired in PS2, Ken Torn finds himself the sole leader of the ERC Junior Championship. Busy with M-Sport Poland’s Pirelli-powered Ford Fiesta Rally3, the Estonian and co-driver Kauri Pannas are doing very well anyway.
ERC3-ERC3 Junior: penalty for Franceschi, Bassas and Maior thank you
A 3 ‘penalty for arriving early at the Otrokovice time control in the morning broke all hope for Jean-Baptiste Franceschi in the ERC3 / ERC3 Junior Class. The Toksport WRT driver, who drives a Renault Clio Rally4, sees Pep Bassas (Rallye Team Spain) jump in front of him in ERC3, with Norbert Maior taking the lead of ERC3 Junior on their Pirelli-fitted Peugeot 208 Rally4. However, Franceschi made a series of very fast times that now bring him to 23 “4 behind the Romanian, who is at 1’19” 4 behind the Spaniard in ERC3. In ERC3 Junior on the podium there are Martin László, Franceschi and Daniel Polášek. Adrienn Vogel and Ekaterina Stratieva occupy 11th and 12th place in ERC3, Łukasz Lewandowski is 8th with his Opel Corsa Rally4. A tough day for Alejandro Cachón, Sami Pajari, Nikolai Landa and Nick Loof, all out by accident.
Mabellini drives in the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT
Andrea Mabellini is in the running for his third consecutive success in the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT, a class reserved for Michelin-wheeled Renault Clio Rally5s. Paulo Soria and Bastien Bergounhe complete the podium in front of Ghjuvanni Rossi. Retired in PS7 Yigit Timur.