FIA European Rally Championship leader Esapekka Lappi is back on form on Barum Czech Rally Zlín after he went fastest through the 18.43 kilometres of Pindula.
Lappi crashed his works ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 on Saturday’s fourth stage but restarted this morning following repairs in service in Otrokovice yesterday.
The Finn took 10m02.3s to complete the stage, which was coated in mud and other debris, particularly under tree cover.
“Like we saw yesterday these corners really surprise me,” said Lappi. “Everything is working perfectly, no problems at all so big thanks to the team for letting me start today and repairing the car.”
Robert Consani has slipped from sixth to eighth with Jaroslav Orsák moving into sixth and Jaromír Tarabus remaining in seventh. Orsák was second fastest through the stage, 0.6s slower than Lappi.
Václav Pech continues to lead the ERC counter with an advantage of 53.9s over Sepp Wiegand, whose advantage over third-placed Tomáš Kostka has been narrowed to 8.7s.
Meanwhile, in the battle for ERC Junior honours, Stéphane Lefebvre moved ahead of Andrea Crugnola when the Italian briefly went off the road on this morning’s first stage. However, Lefebvre reported a possible gearbox problem on his similar Peugeot 208 R2. Elsewhere, ERC Production Car Cup leader Vitaliy Pushkar is reported to be slowing with an engine issue.
Kudlovice, which measures 21.41 kilometres in length, is next from 09:39hrs local time. Click here for live results, text commentary and ERC Rally Radio.
Jaromír Tarabus is continuing to make up the time lost when he went off the road on Saturday by winning Sunday’s opening test to move into seventh place on round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship.
The Czech took 8m07.2s to complete the 14.87 kilometres of Zádveřice in his Kresta Racing ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 and demotes Jaroslav Orsák for seventh as a result with Robert Consani, his next target, just 1.4s in front in sixth.
Tomáš Kostka was second fastest in his Ford Fiesta R5, which has been fully repaired following a powersteering fault on Saturday’s final stage. The Czech is now 14.4s behind Germany’s Sepp Wiegand in the battle for the runner-up spot. Wiegand admitted to being too cautious through the stage in his ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland entry.
Meanwhile, Václav Pech continues to lead Barum Czech Rally Zlín. The MINI John Cooper Works S2000 driver holds an advantage of 54.0s after going seventh fastest through Zádveřice.
Pindula, which measures 18.43 kilometres in length, is next from 08:41hrs local time. Click here for live results, text commentary and ERC Rally Radio.
Ekaterina Stratieva says survival will be key as she bids to maintain her lead in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.
Stratieva’s advantage over Barbora Holická is almost 13 minutes after several ERC Ladies’ Trophy contenders hit trouble on Saturday and retired.
“The important thing is not to fight with the others when they come back today,” said the Bulgarian, whose Citroën C2R2 is run by the Napoca Rally Academy organisation. “I have a good lead but I worry for my car. We lose a lot of oil yesterday and the engine has done my kilometres. I just try to do my best.”