Action-packed start to final 2015 ERC day in Valais
It’s been an action-packed morning on the final day of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship – and whilst Craig Breen continues to lead the Rallye International du Valais, it’s all change behind the Peugeot Rally Academy driver.
Alexey Lukyanuk has moved up to second place, despite the conditions being a lot drier than this Ford Fiesta R5’s set-up and Pirelli tyres were expecting. The Russian driver has overtaken OIivier Burri, who spun, stalled the engine and had to reverse his Citroën DS3 RRC on SS11.
Emil Bergkvist has shot up from sixth overnight to fourth – the Swede continuing his very impressive four-wheel drive debut in his Saintéloc Racing Peugeot 208 T16.
The slow and twisty gravel sections were always going to hurt François Delecour. Having set second fastest time on the all-Tarmac SS11, the Frenchman could only set 15th fastest time in the Tuthill Porsche 997 R-GT on SS12, dropping him from fourth to fifth overall.
Jonathan Hirschi (Peugeot 208 T16) and Antonín Tlusťák (ŠKODA Fabia S2000) both crashed out on the long 33.07km Les Cols test (SS13), while Nikolay Gryazin damaged the rear of his ŠKODA Fabia R5 after hitting a wall on the same stage. Raul Jeets, who returned under Rally 2 rules, has reportedly crashed his Ford Fiesta R5 on SS13 as well.