Fri 14 Jun 2024

Swede dreams are made of this as home heroes fill Junior ERC top three

Patrik Hallberg tops an all-Swedish battle for FIA Junior ERC glory on BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia, completing leg one of high-speed gravel event ahead of compatriots Mille Johansson and Calle Carlberg.

Making his first Junior ERC start since his podium finish on the inaugural running of the Karlstad event in 2023, Hallberg claimed the Hankook-equipped category win on Thursday evening’s BAUHAUS super special stage.


Hallberg’s tenure of first place wouldn’t last, however, after Johansson, the Junior ERC points leader after two rounds, outpaced him by 5.2sec through SS2. But Hallberg was back ahead after winning SS3 and maintained his advantage throughout the day.


“It’s been good,” Hallberg said of his leg one efforts. “The Peugeot is a new car for me but we had some good testing before. I was a bit careful on the first stage this morning but then I started bringing up the temperature and the feeling is good. Last year was only my fifth event writing my own pacenotes so I was very new into rallying and the experience from this rally last year is really helping.”

Johansson, who managed three stages wins throughout the day, trails Hallberg by 11.sec after nine stages.


“We started really good in stage two and made a big push and took the lead back, it was a really good stage from us,” the Opel Corsa Rally4 driver said. “The next two stages I didn’t get a good rhythm, struggling a lot with the driving. We had some bad braking points and not so early on the throttle. But then we could push again.”


Behind ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team’s Calle Carlberg, Davide Pesavento is fourh for ACI Team Italia with Karl-Markus Sei and Mattia Zanin fifth and sixth respectively.


Daniel Polášek slipped back from fifth to seventh when he picked up a damaged right rear tyre in the final kilometre of SS4. Patrik Herczig is eighth followed by Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy’s Aoife Raftery and Carlberg’s team-mate Timo Schulz, who was delayed by a costly spin on SS4. Championship newcomer Herman Lie-Nilsen is 11th.

Max McRae’s bid for a second Junior ERC victory ended when he rolled into retirement 5.7 kilometres from the start of SS2, the 10.18-kilometre Grönlund stage. McRae and co-driver Cameron Fair were uninjured but their TRT Rally Team Peugeot 208 Rally4 suffered extensive front-end damage. 


ACI Team Italia’s Geronimo Nerobutto failed to get beyond the 5.4-kilometre mark of SS2 following a high-speed roll. However, Nerobutto and co-driver Alessio Angeli climbed from their badly damaged Peugeot unharmed.


Having been hampered by oversteer during the morning loop, Liam Müller crashed out of ninth place on SS7.


Leg two of BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia covers 107.94 competitive kilometres and features two loops of four stages run either side of service in Karlstad. The 5.83-kilometre Ölme stage is up first from 07:42 local time with the event-deciding Power Stage due to get under way at 16:05.

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