Giandomenico Basso is the new ruler of Rome after winning the third round of the FIA European Rally Championship. Defeated Andrea Krugnola in the 100% Italian battle at the Rally de Roma Capitol. In the final special, Norbert Hersig beat Efron Laurena by 0.3 s.
Double ERC champion Baso will face 5.4s on Sunday. At the end of the first phase, the leader was left behind by Krugnola. Krugnola, a “graduate” of ERC Jr., reduced his Hyundai rally team to 3.4 seconds after winning a special special on the first day that ended in trouble on the rear axle of the Italia i20R5.
Five kilometers from the finish of the SS8, Kragnola’s front left tire was 28.7 cm longer than the Crosona. Taking the lead, Baso took advantage of the opportunity to advance on the overall floors, two rounds later, with ERC interim leader Alexei Lukanuk taking the SS9 0.7s from third place at the start.
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But Lucianuk’s search of a venue ended in the last special of the morning loop, avoiding dirt roads and crashing into a tree behind the Citroen C3 Rally 2 from the Saintolok junior team. Basso and co-driver Lorenzo Grano did not experience such problems.
“Everything was fine, it was very delicate, but we’re so happy.”, Said Baso.“The last loop was long, because we had to focus, because even with the worries of Kragnola and Lucianu, we can rest in moderation – anything can happen in this rally with many kilometers.” Thanks to my team and my co-pilot and everyone who helped us. “
Rally Team Laurena of Spain, driving a ഡkoda Fabia Rally 2 Evo on asphalt for the first time 5.3 seconds ahead of Herzig at the start of the final special. Was in front, but agreed to do nothing. In his quest for third place, the rally team beat the Hungarian ഡkoda driver by 0.3 s. “It was hard to fight him, but my tires are dead, that’s all I can do.”, Said Laurena. “But for my first rally in this car on the asphalt, it was a great performance. “
Herzig, who had his last ERC podium in Rally Cyprus in 2018, returned to the top 3 after an extraordinary performance behind the wheel of his Fabia. “Laurena is very, very fast and very young, but this is an incredible result for me. We waited a long time and worked very hard. The car is great every weekend ”,He responded.
Miko Marci was fifth with two phases left, but Roman Rookie Fabio Andolfi knocked out Orlan Ryder in the SS12, allowing the former Polish champion Marci to finish in the top 5 after a kilometer in the final.
Five-time Romanian champion Simone Tempestini opened the final special with a 3.6-cent lead over Andreas Michelson, who was relegated to seventh after finishing fifth on the Norwegian left-turn SS 13. With only three bonus points for Lukanuk to advance to the third in the first quarter, Mickelson’s eighth place reduced Russia’s lead to one point after three innings in the championship. “I had to go out and get back on the road”, Did he announce? “I made a mistake, I was so fast, I’m lucky to be here. “
Mickelson’s spin in the final division, avoiding a disappointing weekend on the Toxport Port WRT, and having already deceived himself by finding himself on two wheels on the SS2 after a crash, was never comfortable with his Skoda Fabia setup. With notes for the Rally 2, or Rally de Roma Capitol debut.“Today was great, but there were plenty [rallyes] Recently on earth, our testing was very limited before we got here. I don’t think Tarmac has the aggression and cornering speed you need. “
Simon Campedelli was ninth ahead of team MRF Tires teammate Craig Breen, but in the final stage a category dirty tire dropped him to 17th. His bad luck lifted the Irishman to ninth place after both riders focused on the Indian tire manufacturers’ development program, which is still going on but fast.
Eric Kayes was 19th at the end of the first round, but a performance on Sunday put the Yaco ACR team rider in 10th place with the second fastest time in the final special. Giacomo Scotland finished 11th, followed by Umberto Scandola (Hyundai rally team Italia), Grogoyer Munster, Ivan Ares and Dominic Etratesco.
Joan Bonato expanded into fifth gear at Sunday’s opening special, but his CHL Sport avoided damaging the Auto Citroen C3 Rally 2. He was on track to finish 11th, but a damaged front right tire in the final special sent him back to 16th. Damiano de Tomaso finished 18th after a puncture. After a puncture delay on the first day, time returned to Devin 19.
On Friday morning, Nikolai Grazin won the qualifying special, but Russia’s challenge was thwarted by a series of punctures. Rachel Somashini finished 27th at the start of Level 2 of the first rally of the championship, which returned to the ERC following intercom problems on Sunday morning. Luis Vilario finished 23rd.
The young Italian Alberto Batistoli retired at the age of 16. When Fabia lost first gear in Special 12. Christian Webb’s attempt to earn his first ERC points ended in SS7. “The dirt that brought us to a bend surprised us and hit a small block of concrete and damaged the radiator.”, He explained. “It’s very disappointing, we’ve made good progress on these strategic asphalt stages, and thanks to the changes we made last night, it works a little better. “
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