Esapekka Lappi and Sepp Wiegand will battle for the FIA European Rally Championship on the final round next month after the ŠKODA Motorsport aces finished first and third respectively on Rallye International du Valais in Switzerland today.
Nicolas Althaus: "We stiffened the car too much, in the first stage it backfired. The rest was better, I am finding once again my driving skill on gravel, where we drew the lines being the first car on the road."
Jaromir Tarabus: "The long stage was very difficult and slippery, especially in the forest. We are here, the rally continues."
Car number 16 - Mark Higgins / Carl Williamson (Subaru Impreza) - Mechanical problem end SS4
Car number 29 - William Winiger / Sophie Barras (Subaru Impreza) - Mechanical problem on the road section after SS4
Car number 81 Aurèle Vernay / Isaline Tornay (Ford Fiesta R1) - Mechanical problem SS6
In the ERC, 76 crews have started the second leg of the Rallye International du Valais. Bad start of the day for the crews of cars #1, 5 and 7 who met problems to starts their engines out of the parc fermé. Cars 1 and 7 have been pushed out of the park.
Car #7 - Kevin Abbring / Sebastian Marshall (Peugeot 208 T16 R5) - Retirement on the road section before SS 4, mechanical problem.