After SS6: Gryazin ERC charge comes to an end
Quick youngster Nikolay Gryazin’s great run on the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship sadly came to an end on the last stage of Saturday morning.
Gryazin, who celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday, had been in a battle for second place with ERC Junior champion and fellow ŠKODA Fabia R5 driver Marijan Griebel, taking a 5.8-second advantage into SS6 Lagia 1.
Unfortunately for the Sports Racing Technologies driver, he went off the road and out of the rally. He and co-driver Yaroslav Federov are both reported to be OK.
Both rally leader Alexey Lukyanuk and his now-nearest challenger Griebel spun in SS6, but the former has increased his margin to over a minute.
Ralfs Sirmacis set the fastest time in the stage – which consisted of two thirds gravel and one third asphalt – and has climbed to third overall after the exit of team-mate Gryazin.
Crews now return to service in Nicosia before the start of the afternoon loop with a repeat of PSALTIS ENEOS Tseri at 12h06. Click here to view live timing.