Armstrong Steady as Championship Battle Intensifies

Armstrong Steady as Trophy Battle Intensifies

The second day of Rally Espana saw the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy crews switch to asphalt for Spain’s fast flowing Tarmac roads - with the Championship battle still finely poised.

The torrential rain from yesterday made way for a sunny day, drying up the mountain roads and bringing fans out in their thousands.

The move to Tarmac would offer opportunities for other drivers, with more experience of the surface, to challenge for stage victories and move up the table.

French Rookie Nicolas Ciamin showed his improving pace and claimed one stage win this afternoon alongside a string of solid times.

Although Osian Pryce is out of the running to win the rally here in Spain, the Welsh driver has been in tight competition with Finland’s Max Vatanen to decide who will be crowned the 2016 Champion.

His main championship rival, Finland’s Max Vatanen, was also on a charge today. Using his superior knowledge of the stages, he set two fastest times in his bid to take the series battle to Pryce.

British star Gus Greensmith went one better. Putting yesterday’s time loss due to damaged steering behind him, Greensmith was fastest on three of the day’s eight stages to close the gap to the leader.

But it was Jon Armstrong and Noel O’Sullivan who maintained a steady pace at the top of the field to hold a comfortable 1 minute 6 second lead going into the final day’s four stages.

It’s all to play for tomorrow with stage victories looking crucial to decide the outcome of the 2016 championship title race.

15-10-2016

Armstrong Steady as Championship Battle Intensifies
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