Filip and Pita in close battle for ERC3 supremacy
Alex Filip shot down an escape road in Free Practice and parked his Renault Clio R3 Maxi Plus halfway up a bank and resting on a parked Mercedes.
No-one was hurt and neither car was badly damaged, and the double Romanian 2WD champion has bounced back by setting two fastest stage times to lead the ERC3 category overnight on the Rallye International du Valais.
Renato Pita set fastest time on SS2 to be tied for the lead with Filip, and he goes to bed second, just 7.5s behind in his Peugeot 208 R2.
A fuel pipe came loose on Ekaterina Stratieva’s Citroën C2 R2 on the opening stage, meaning the Bulgarian lady – who is celebrating winning back-to-back ERC Ladies’ Trophy titles – had to drive through the next two stages slowly, with a lot of fumes in the car.