Bassas shows fighting qualities with stunning ERC3 recovery drive
Pep Bassas was the comeback hero on Rally Liepāja, Latvia’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship, earlier this month.
After completing the opening stage in third place in ERC3, a damaged tyre on SS2 dropped him to P14 and seemingly out of contention for a second straight class podium.
But the Rallye Team Spain talent had other ideas and fought back to second in the category following a succession of top three stage times on the final leg in the Peugeot 208 Rally4 he shares with co-driver Axel Coronado.
“It was a difficult rally because we lost a lot of time with the puncture,” said Bassas, who drives for top Portuguese team, The Racing Factory. “But I was pushing, trying not to make mistakes, but pushing for the podium because the points are important for the championship. In the end I am very happy for the team and my family, it’s amazing.”