Stengg rolls with it for ERC Junior finish
Roland Stengg battled back from a high-speed roll to finish his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut in fifth place in the highly-competitive FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship.
Stengg and co-driver and fellow Austrian Jürgen Heigl lost more than two minutes to their rivals when they hit trouble on the first day of the challenging sealed-surface event, which was effected by rain throughout.
“I was pushing a bit more than the first stages [on Saturday] because it was drying up,” Pirelli-equipped Stengg explained. “I missed a [pacenote] call from Jürgen in a very fast section and broke way too late. We went outside in the grass and rolled one time but the spectators put us back in after around two minutes. I was flat-out at 170kph and I was rolling at about 90kph. It was really fast.
“On the first stage [of Sunday] it was on a muddy left corner, there was a stone on the inside and I couldn’t really avoid it because we were just sliding so we got a front-left puncture and that really slowed us down. We then had a problem with the intercom so the plan was just to come to the finish with no big risks.”