3 Esapekka Lappi
The last two weeks were not so bad. A good end to the season with second in Sanremo and now two victories. Very good. The rally was not easy. We spun in the first stage, and again today in a hairpin and I had to reverse. We didn't have any problems and I think we always made the right tyre choice, we always had the best compound, so a very good rally in many ways.
The young Finnish rising star Esapekka Lappi (Skoda Fabia S2000) took his second victory in the FIA European Rally Championship by winning in Martigny with a comfortable lead over runner-up Olivier Burri (Ford Fiesta RRC), an eight-time winner of the Rallye International du Valais. Although he only set the fastest time in two of the eight special stages of the final day, Lappi inexorably widened the gap over his pursuers.
23 TORNAY Xavier/TORNAY Geoffrey (CHE) Renault Clio, sortie de route ES 12/off road SS 12
2 AIGNER Andreas/WATZL Barbara (AUT) Subaru Impreza, sortie de route ES 14/off road SS14
64 KAUFMANN Mathias/LONFAT Colin (CHE) Renault Twingo, sortie de route ES 14/off road SS14
7 GRYAZIN Vasily/CHUMAK Dmitry (LVA/RUS) Ford Fiesta, sortie de route ES 15/off road SS15
24 LEFEBVRE Stéphane/DUBOIS Thomas (FRA) Peugeot 208, mécanique ES 15/mechanical SS 15
29 COPPENS Mike/ROUX Christophe (CHE) Citroën DS3, sortie de route ES 16/off road SS 16
47 CORNUZ Sylvain/JEANMOND Frédéric (CHE) Ford Fiesta, mécanique après ES 15/mechanical after SS 15
3 Esapekka Lappi
Not so bad, we just drove safely. It's very easy to make a mistake, now we have quite a big gap to second place and we can just drive safely. Aigner went off on the third corner of the long stage, there is a wooden bridge before the corner which is very slippery when wet, they went straight into the rocks. They are both OK, they walked back to the stage start. The front right end of their car is totally off.
Special stage 13 has been stoped after the first 11 cars because a spectator needed medical assistance with no relation to the running of the event. Crews who were unable to start the stage normally will be allocated a notional time.
Car n° 2 (Andreas Aigner/Barbara Watzl - Subaru Impreza R4) went off the road in SS 14. The crew is OK but was forced into retirement.