Hadik in front as Nyíregyháza’s ERC dress rehearsal continues
András Hadik and Attila Deák are on course to win the Nyíregyháza Rally, which is set to join the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019 under its new name, Rally Hungary.
At the overnight halt they lead by 37.8s after going fastest on five of Saturday’s seven all-asphalt stages in northeast Hungary.
Serving as a dress rehearsal for next season the event is running over an increased distance compared to regular Hungarian championship events to enable organisers to adapt to running a longer ERC-standard event and trial stages in the Zemplén hills.
“In the first round [Frigyes] Turán decreased the gap by some seconds, but I suspected the reason, so we also made some changes, said Hadik, who fast fastest on all stages this afternoon in his Ford Fiesta R5. “There was no more at the first stage of the second round, I could not push harder. Fog was not bad in daytime, but in the dark it made our task really difficult. Overall I think everything went well and we are leading the race. It would be great, if we could win the final day as well.”
Turán and László Bagaméri also won stages during the day as they maintained their push for victory, which was hampered by a spin on Friday’s superspecial. “Our car is fantastic and we made up great tyre tactic that had huge benefit in the morning,” said Turán. “We did a good job in the afternoon, too, we improved at all stages, so I am proud of this result. Hadik put on speed after service and I think we could not go faster. It was a great day.”
Ferenc Vincze, who is leading the overall Hungarian championship, holds third overnight but hasn’t been entirely satisfied with his performance. “The stages are great, I like them, but unfortunately we are slow,” he said. “I cannot find any excuse. Although I did not get out of bed on the wrong side, I cannot find the speed. In the morning I scared myself sometimes, but it could not cause this huge gap.”
Miklós Kazár overcame an early impact and a near-off to hold fourth spot with double ERC2 champion Tibor Érdi Jr in fifth and still adapting to his recently-acquired ŠKODA Fabia R5.
Seven-time Hungarian champion János Tóth Jr will restart under Rally2 rules on Sunday after damaging his PEUGEOT 208 R2. The event’s closing leg consists of eight stages.
Photo: MNASZ/Szabó-Jilek Ádám