SS3: Door drama for Delecour, Breen again
Three stages and three scratchs for the Irish driver
François Delecour continues to belie his 50 years by setting the second fastest time on Friday’s final test, despite completing much of the 18.73-kilometre LDz Cargo stage with his car’s door open.
Delecour was 2.8s slower than stage winner and fellow Peugeot 207 Super 2000 driver Craig Breen to close up to Jari Ketomaa in the battle for second overall on Rally Liepāja-Ventspils, round two of the FIA European Rally Championship. Ketomaa, in a Ford Fiesta RRC, is 3.0s behind Breen.
“It was just impossible to close the door,” Delecour told ERC Rally Radio’s Julian Porter at the stage finish. “Every right turn it was coming open, sometimes in sixth gear. I drove most of the stage like this.”
There was disappointment for Vasily Gryazin, who started the stage in sixth overall but has plummeted down the order after damaging the rear suspension of his Mitsubishi Lancer hitting something in the dark.
Jan Černý’s brake woes continue with the Czech reporting that he only has working brakes on three corners of his ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000.
Crews are now heading back to Liepāja for overnight service via an autograph signing session in the city. Saturday’s action begins with the second running of LDz Cargo at 10:20hrs local time.
|1||2||IRL||Breen Craig / Moynihan David||Peugeot 207 S2000||22m15.4s|
|2||1||FIN||Ketomaa Jari / Lindström Kaj||Ford Fiesta S2000||+6.4|
|3||3||FRA||Delecour F. / Savignoni D.||Peugeot 207 S2000||+12.1|
|4||6||RUS||Lukyanuk Alexey / Arnautov Alexey||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||+32.7|
|5||9||LTU||Švedas V. / Sakalauskas Ž.||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||+50.8|
|6||7||EST||Plangi Siim / Sarapuu Marek||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X R4||+59.4|
|7||10||LVA||Kisiels R. / Ronis Arnis||Mini John Cooper Works S2000||+1:01.0|
|8||21||UKR||Pushkar Vitaliy / Mishyn Ivan||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X R4||+1:02.7|
|9||16||LVA||Egle Aivis / Dauga Andis||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||+1:07.8|
|10||4||CZE||Cerný Jan / Kohout Pavel||Škoda Fabia S2000||+1:26.7|
|11||14||EST||Jeets Raul / Toom Andrus||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||+1:26.9|
|12||19||HUN||Szabó Gergély / Borbely Karoly||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X R4||+1:30.1|
|13||8||CZE||Orsák Jaroslav / Šmeidler David||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||+1:50.4|
|14||17||HUN||Turán Frigyes / Zsiros Gábor||Subaru Impreza Sti R4||+1:53.5|
|15||29||FRA||Lefebvre S. / Dubois Thomas||Peugeot 208 R2||+2:00.3|
|16||31||FIN||Immonen Risto / Lukka Mikko||Citroën C2 R2 Max||+2:10.9|
|17||24||AUT||Danzinger H. / Wüstenhagen K.||Renault Clio R3||+2:33.6|
|18||11||HUN||Puskádi János / Godor Barna||Škoda Fabia S2000||+2:35.7|
|19||5||CZE||Tlusták A. / Vyoral Lukáš||Škoda Fabia S2000||+2:40.9|
|20||18||LTU||Kvaraciejus R. / Cepulis M.||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||+2:44.7|