ERC2 leader Remennik presses on after dramatic powersteering failure
Sergei Remennik, who currently leads the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category on Rally Liepāja, suffered a dramatic finish on stage nine with a powersteering failure.
A leak developed in Remennik’s powersteering system during the closing moments of leg two’s last stage of the morning loop, with steam billowing from the engine bay of his car at the finish line.
The Russian Performance Motorsport driver quickly diagnosed the issue, which thankfully does not prevent him from continuing to the final three stages of the rally.
“We lost powersteering but the car can still move, so we will continue. Our team will try to fix this problem at service. Hopefully, we will continue with powersteering because, without it, I’m not really comfortable,” explained Remennik.
Driving a heavier production-spec Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X, Remennik will face a painful final loop should his powersteering not be remedied during service, as previous ERC experience has taught him.
“I had a bad experience on Rally Islas Canarias. For half of the first day, we ran without powersteering. But here it will be easier than over there because it’s mountains and Tarmac serpentines [in Canarias]. I don’t know what words can describe what I felt!”
Remennik is currently P15 in the overall classification, only 0.9s behind this year’s ERC2 champion* Tibor Érdi Jr, who has switched from the production category to a ŠKODA Fabia R5 this weekend. Érdi is not chasing ERC points in Liepāja.
*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA
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