Lukyanuk takes Roma lead after fire for ERC Junior Gryazin
Alexey Lukyanuk has moved into first place on Rally di Roma Capitale, after a small fire for FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 runner Nikolay Gryazin cost him over three minutes.
Sports Racing Technologies driver Gryazin had led overnight but could not hold Lukyanuk at bay, who won all three stages on Saturday morning.
Despite losing the overall lead Gryazin still held a comfortable advantage in ERC Junior U28, until a fire broke out midway through SS4 and led to power steering failure, forcing him to stop. He has dropped out of the top 10 overall.
Last year’s Italian championship winner on Rally di Roma Capitale Simone Campedelli has moved from P25 to second place, recovering brilliantly from mechanical problems that plagued him throughout Thursday’s action.
Campedelli is 14.7s behind Lukyanuk, with his compatriot Giandomenico Basso a further 3.1s behind in third place.
Chris Ingram has inherited first place in ERC Junior U28 after Gryazin’s woes while also snatching fourth place overall, 31.8s in arrears to Lukyanuk.
Italian rally hero Paolo Andreucci and Grzegorz Grzyb hold fifth and sixth places, with ERC Junior U28 championship leader Fabian Kreim in tow, second in his class and seventh overall with only 0.4s deficit to Grzyb.
Bruno Magalhães struggled with his set-up, complaining of an unsettled car on his way to eighth place at midday service, with ŠKODA junior talent Juuso Nordgren 10s behind in ninth. ACCR Czech Team’s Jan Černý completes the top 10 and completes the podium positions in ERC Junior U28 with third.
Laurent Pellier suffered a dramatic morning, picking up a puncture on Saturday’s opening stage before a high-speed crash on the final metres of the following test forced his retirement.
Umberto Scandola, who had been in overall podium contention, retired on the same stage as Pellier with a mechanical issue.