Cave crashes out and De Mevius finds his stride

Cave crashes out and De Mévius finds his stride

The opening day's action saw three different stage victors with Mats van den Brand taking one, Tom Cave taking two and the end of Friday leader Ghislain de Mévius taking five. At the end of day one, the Tarmac specialist de Mévius leads van den Brand by 1:13min and Kevin van Deijne by 2:04min. The demanding stages meant a day packed with drama seeing four crews retire early.

De Mévius initially took the overall lead on stage three just 3.6sec ahead of Cave and continued to extend that margin to over one minute by the end of the day.

In dramatic fashion British driver Cave crashed out of the competition on the second pass of Sauertal after clipping the inside of a corner and rolling into some trees.

Current trophy leader Marius Aasen also had an incident on stage three which resulted in broken suspension. The crew from Norway slid sideways into a wall but have been given the all clear to continue tomorrow, pending successful repair.

Our young British driver Gus Greensmith also went off and broke the suspension, resulting in a disappointing early finish here on the first day. He will restart in the morning.

2014 Drive DMACK Shoot Out winner Mats van den Brand earlier spoke of his pleasure switching to Tarmac and his performance so far is reflecting his comfort on the new surface. The Dutch driver has finished in the top three of every stage so far.

Ghislain de Mévius said: "Definitely it's been a good day; we were having a good fight with Tom until he had the off and when I saw that, I backed off a bit. I'm still cool with the fastest time and it's a nice feeling to be in first at the end of the day, and five scratches is always very positive. I told you I like asphalt."

Mats van den Brand said: "I was very happy with the way I drove this morning but silly mistakes started to creep in and my times showed that. The vineyard stages are amazing to drive; so technical with no room for error. I look forward to the challenge of Panzerplatte tomorrow but I'll take no risks."

Kevin van Deijne said: "It went good today, we had some good split times and are in a good fight with Max. I'm a little surprised with third place to be honest but still pretty happy. We will need to push tomorrow to hold on to this podium position. It's my goal to finish on the podium at some point and I think this rally is my best opportunity."

Top five at the end of day one

1. Ghislain de Mévius / Johan Jalet 1h 35m 08.7s
2. Mats van den Brand / Martijn Wydaeghe 1h 36m 22.2s
3. Kevin van Deijne / Harmen Scholtalbers 1h 37m 12.4s
4. Max Vatanen / Jacques-Julien Renucci 1h 37m 19.4s
5. Will Hudson / Alex Gelsomino 1h 48m 55.0s


Cave crashes out and De Mevius finds his stride
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