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Thu 20 Oct 2022

Pardo leads damp Catalunya shakedown

Javier Pardo led an MRF Tyres one-two on the shakedown for this weekend’s RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada – the final round of the 2022 FIA European Rally Championship campaign – ahead of countryman and recently-crowned champion, Efrén Llarena.

On a damp road following rain showers in the region, crews tackled the 4.21km Coll de La Teixeta warm-up enthusiastically but with a hint of caution, well aware that with 14 stages totalling 235.52km ahead of them over the next two days, this weekend’s Catalan contest is the longest of the season. 

Buoyed by his title triumph, Llarena was fastest out-of-the-blocks on the first run, before team-mate Pardo moved to the top of the order on the second pass and then lowered his own benchmark again with his third effort, which would not subsequently be beaten.

Llarena wound up just over two seconds behind his fellow Spaniard, and a mere three tenths-of-a-second ahead of Yoann Bonato – the Frenchman making his fourth appearance of the year, having reached the rostrum two times out of three so far in 2022.

Martin László narrowly pipped Alberto Battistolli for fourth, with Andrea Mabellini the quickest of the ERC4 runners and sixth overall, as the Italian bids to overturn Óscar Palomo’s 14-point advantage at the summit of the standings to steal the trophy.

The competitive action gets underway tomorrow (Friday), with the opening stage – Els Omells - Maldà 1 – getting underway at 10:23 CET.

RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada Shakedown Times

Pos Driver Car Time
1. Javier PARDO Škoda Fabia 2m48.6s
2. Efrén LLARENA Škoda Fabia 2m50.9s
3. Yoann BONATO Citroën C3 2m51.2s
4. Martin LÁSZLÓ Škoda Fabia 2m54.1s
5. Alberto BATTISTOLLI Škoda Fabia 2m54.5s
6. Andrea MABELLINI Renault Clio 2m55.9s
7. Alberto MONARRI Suzuki Swift 2m56.5s
8. Diego RUILOBA Peugeot 208 2m57.7s
9. Adrià SERRATOSA Peugeot 208 2m59.5s
10. Laurent PELLIER Opel Corsa 2m59.5s