Aasen leads the way at Friday close

Aasen leads the way at Friday close

Marius Aasen closes the day in pole position leading Tom Cave by seven seconds despite the Brit posting his first fastest stage time of the rally. Mats van den Brand of Holland follows in third just over a minute back. Early leader Max Vatanen dropped to fourth overall after suffering a puncture on stage four.

At the end of day two we have seen fastest stage times set by five different crews and the overall lead change hands five times; proving what a competitive series we have here in the Fiesta Trophy.

Stage seven was officially cancelled and all crews received nominal times and made their way to the second pass of Goldap on SS8.

Cave took stage eight ahead of Aasen by six seconds and Vatanen a further 1.2 seconds back.

The final stage of a long, hot day here in Poland was a re-run of the Mikołajki Arena and was again won by Nil Solans. The Spaniard claimed his second fastest stage time leading Kevin van Deijne by 1.6sec.

Another fiercely contested day of racing is expected tomorrow, and as the temperatures rise here in Poland, we’ll see if our crews can handle the heat.

Marius Aasen said: “It’s been a good day, a very good day. No problems really and everything is working well for us. We are taking no risks at all and sticking to the plan. The stages definitely feel faster than last year, faster than I expected for sure. The car is really nice to drive and I’m looking forward to some more action tomorrow.”

Tom Cave said: “It has been a good day and really fun to drive on these fast stages. We had an overshoot on stage five and ended up dropping about eight seconds but the pace this afternoon has been really good. We stiffened the car and it felt much better for the second pass so I’m hoping we can keep this pace tomorrow and aim to get back some of the time.”

Mats van den Brand said: “It’s been a fantastic day for us, until stage eight where we suffered some damage and began to lose speed. But other than that I’m very happy with the speed; we’ve been setting a good pace all day. The car is doing well and other than the issue I already mentioned, we’ve had no damage. I didn’t expect to be in the top three at this point but I had hoped so it’s a great feeling.”

 

Top five at the end of day two

1. Marius Aasen / Veronica Engan 1h 30m 36.2s
2. Tom Cave / Craig Parry 1h 30m 43.6s
3. Mats van den Brand / Martijn Wydaeghe 1h 31m 50.7s
4. Max Vatanen / Jacques-Julien Renucci 1h 32m 06.6s
5. Gus Greensmith / Elliott Edmondson 1h 32m 35.8s

03-07-2015

Aasen leads the way at Friday close
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