Aasen Remains In Title Pole Position

Aasen Remains In Title Pole Position

Marius Aasen continued to strengthen his grip on the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy championship race after finishing today’s eight asphalt stages 27.8 seconds ahead of Tom Cave.
 
Norwegian Aasen and co-driver Veronica Engan took three stage wins today to extend their lead over Cave and Craig Parry. The performance rewarded Aasen’s preparation for the final round as he undertook some asphalt driver training ahead of this rally.
 
Cave also sealed three stage victories as he chased down Aasen, but was hampered with a loss of power, which slowed him on many of the uphill sections on today’s asphalt tests. His only hope of stealing the title will come if Aasen has a problem over tomorrow’s final six stages.
 
Max Vatanen dropped further time with another loss of turbo boost pressure and his hopes of becoming champion are slowly fading. Belgian Ghislain de Mevius is also out of the running after retiring again today with damaged suspension.
 
Britain’s Gus Greensmith has, however, sealed the Rookie title already after Mats van den Brand was unable to restart today. His Ford Fiesta R2 was too badly damaged after yesterday’s high-speed accident on stage three.
 
Marius Aasen said: “It has been another good day for me and we’ve had a really positive feeling inside the car. We’ve been driving quite safe and I knew that if I needed to push on Tarmac I good – our times from Germany showed that. I’ve been comfortable but driving well because the rhythm is good.”
 
Tom Cave said: “We’ve had some fastest times again today and it’s been a case of just trying to push on as best we can. We had a frustrating problem with the car this morning, which dropped us down on power a little. I just need to keep pushing tomorrow, I haven’t made any mistakes all weekend and need to aim to win more stages.”
 
Brendan Reeves said: “It’s been a good afternoon. I tried a few different things with the set up, some of which worked and some didn’t. That’s where we lost some time. We are sitting in a comfortable third overall at the minute and I want to learn as much as I can while I’m here. Rhianon was vey sick this morning and she’s done a brilliant job to get through the day.”
 
Classification after SS17
1. Marius Aasen / Veronica Engan 3hr 01min 16.2sec
2. Tom Cave / Craig Parry 3hr 01min 14.0sec
3. Brendan Reeves / Rhianon Gelsomino 3hr 02min 46.8sec
4. Kevin van Deijne / Hein Verschuuren 3hr 14min 16.0sec
5. Max Vatanen / Jacques-Julien Renucci 3hr 21min 08.0sec
6. Edoardo Bresolin / Rudy Pollet 3hr 32min 12.4sec
7. Gus Greensmith / Elliott Edmondson 3hr 37min 15.7sec
8. Guillaume de Mevius / Geoffrey Brion 3hr 58min 43.8sec

24-10-2015

Aasen Remains In Title Pole Position
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