Solans Lead Reduced After Wrong Turn

Solans Lead Reduced After Wrong Turn

Spain’s Nil Solans and Miki Ibanez continue to lead round two of the FIA Junior World Rally Championship at Rally Italia Sardinia, but their advantage has been cut by 10 seconds after taking a wrong turn in stage 12.
 
They lost around 12 seconds with the mistake and are now 26.7 seconds clear at the top after winning three of the day’s six tough tests.
 
Frenchmen Nicolas Ciamin and Tibo de la Haye increased their pace today, topping the timesheets on the remaining three stages to jump up to second overall behind Solans.
 
However, it was a tough afternoon for Terry Folb and Christopher Guieu who dropped nearly three minutes in stage 14 with a puncture and slipped back to fourth overall. Their problem slowed Ciamin’s charge as he was caught in the dust of the ailing car for around 10km.
 
That allowed Julius Tannert to move into the final podium place after a clean day. He tried to increase the pace in stage 14 but backed off again after having a few moments. Dennis Radstrom took his first fastest time of the season after tying with Solans on the opening test today and Estonian Miko Niinemae had to retire after injuring his back on a hard landing over a jump.
 
Nil Solans: “It’s been a really difficult day, there were so many big stones and rocks – some that you could try to drive around and some that you just couldn’t avoid. But we’ve again just been trying to find the balance between speed and trying not to damage the car. Hopefully tomorrow the stages won’t be as bad.”
 
Nicolas Ciamin: “We pushed hard today to try and catch Nil and the pace was pretty good, I was happy with it. It was just a shame that we got held up behind Terry and lost time in the dust. We made some changes to our pacenotes for this rally and they are working well now.”

10-06-2017

Solans Lead Reduced After Wrong Turn
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