Dramatic First Day Sees Armstrong Ahead

Dramatic First Day Sees Armstrong Ahead

The 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy has reached a tantalising climax as the worlds top young drivers headed to the final round in Spain.

The only mixed round of the series would see ten crews from across the world battle it out at Rally de Espana to decide who would be crowned champion.

After four fascinating rounds of rally action, the stages around the hills of Tarragona would host both gravel and tarmac special stages to finish the championship off in style. As well as the overall title the event would decide which driver would be lucky enough to win the final pair of prizes drives in next years World Rally Championship.

The rally blasted into life with a street stage in the centre of Barcelona, played out in front of thousands of keen rally fans.

When the action got underway today, torrential rain turned the gravel roads into mud baths and Norway’s Oscar Solberg was first to hit trouble, sliding off the road on the opening test of the day.

Championship leaders Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss had been holding a slender 0.9 second lead after winning the opening stage, but an electrical problem saw them drop down the leaderboard and retire by the end of the day.

Finnish star Max Vatanen used his experience of the event to master the treacherous conditions. He set a number of solid times to finish the day in third place after a trouble-free run.

British driver Gus Greensmith hit problems just a few miles into the opening stage. He hit a rock and bent a steering arm, but soldiered on to finish the day - showing a strong pace despite the problems.

But it was Jon Armstrong and Noel O’Sullivan who were top of the pack, using their knowledge of the stages from last year. The pair were fastest on four stages to hold a 1 minute 10 second overnight advantage.

After a tough day on slippery gravel the M-Sport team had a busy evening service as they switched cars to Tarmac specification, which meant changing suspension, adding bigger brakes and moving to DMACK’s asphalt tyres.

Tomorrow they tackle eight asphalt tests on the fast, flowing circuit-like roads around Salou.

14-10-2016

Dramatic First Day Sees Armstrong Ahead
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