Wagner impresses again in ERC Junior although there's woe in Rome
Rally di Roma Capitale was a case of what might have been for Simon Wagner after the Austrian retired from the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship lead last Saturday morning.
Driving a Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2 for the Saintéloc Junior Team, Wagner was chasing his first win in the category after bagging his maiden podium on Rally Islas Canarias.
But brake issues on the third stage of the event forced him out and compounded a frustrating trip to Italy.
“We lost the brakes two kilometres from the end of the second stage so we tried to cool everything down and get everything fixed for the third stage,” Wagner explained. “For the first four kilometres there was no problem, not a normal brake pedal but it was consistent but when the [stage] started to go downhill I had much less brake pressure and it was too late to slow down for a corner and we hit the front right.
“It’s frustrating because I had a great test on Monday, almost the perfect set-up. Then our recce car was parked in central Rome before the start and broken into. They stole everything, we have nothing. The laptop is gone, the GoPro camera is gone. They also stole a six pack of water bottles, it was crazy. At least one good thing is what happened on this rally was not our fault.”