Cave opens gap as Aasen edges into second

Cave opens gap as Aasen edges into second

Tom Cave has maintained his overall lead while Marius Aasen has managed to steal second place from Max Vatanen on today’s final 15.59km stage through Harkka.

On the afternoon passes there were three individual stage victors, most notably being Max Vatanen who set his first fastest time of the rally on SS17. The top two drivers Aasen and Cave stood toe to toe all day, taking alternate stage victories throughout the day.

Cave of the UK closed the day collecting three stage wins and maintaining a healthy lead of over a minute from closest rival Aasen, who in turn had a positive afternoon by claiming the second podium position. Finnish driver Vatanen is just 4.2sec back and will certainly put pressure on Aasen in tomorrow’s final two stages.

The finish line is in sight for our crews with only 28.26km of special stage action remaining, but will Cave keep his nerve and can Vatanen answer Aasen’s assault?

Tom Cave said: “I think we have managed the event well and have balanced the need to push and keep the rhythm with being careful and maintaining a nice gap at the top. The stages have rutted up even further and, as expected, they were tough on the car. But we stayed focused and tomorrow we will just aim to bring the points home. It’s been an excellent day.”

Marius Aasen said: “After the service it was a good drive for us and I’m happy to be back in second place after the puncture problem. We will try to maintain the position all the way to the end but the stages will be hard. As always we will try and keep safe. I was hoping to have a good fight with Tom for first but now we have a fight on with Max for second so we will concentrate on that.”

Max Vatanen said: “When it goes well I very much enjoy driving these home stages but I am not really satisfied with my performance this weekend. I know the driving ability is there, it’s just a question of mind set. We will see how things progress tomorrow and fight back for second place.”

Top five at the end of day three

1. Tom Cave / Craig Parry 2h 42m 43.2s
2. Marius Aasen / Veronica Engan 2h 43m 45.6s
3. Max Vatanen / Jacques-Julien Renucci 2h 43m 49.8s
4. Ghislain de Mévius / Johan Jalet 2h 46m 07.9s
5. Kevin van Deijne / Hein Verschuuren 2h 55m 16.3s

01-08-2015

Cave opens gap as Aasen edges into second
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