Cave In Control As Gilbert Sets The Pace

Cave In Control As Gilbert Sets The Pace

Tom Cave maintained his overnight lead to finish day three over one minute ahead of Nil Solans. However, he only managed to collect one of the crucial stage points he needs to snatch the trophy from Sander Pärn.

Local hero Solans is relishing the opportunity to perform on his home roads finishing within the top three on four of the six stages.

Pärn stuck to the plan for the majority of the day and continued to do enough to ensure his grasp on the title. However, almost on a whim, he took the final stage victory of the day, beating Solans by 0.5 seconds and Ghislain de Mevius by 1.1 seconds.

Frenchman Quentin Gilbert did most of the work in denying Cave of those crucial wins. After restarting this morning, Gilbert claimed four of the six stage wins, taking his running event total to eight.

Day three saw two passes of Escaladei, the longest in the event’s history measuring 50km, which celebrates the rally’s half-century. The gap between first and third position on the first pass was under seven seconds, won by Gilbert after over 34 minutes of action.

Leo Urlichich suffered brake issues on SS10 and the damage incurred after colliding with a bridge meant he was unable to continue.

Max Vatanen recorded a series of positive times throughout the day but failed to maintain his third overall position, tussling with Szymon Kornicki of Poland for the place.

The action will continue tomorrow with four Tarmac stages spread over 70 challenging kilometers.

Tom Cave said: “I’m pleased with the stages and my driving. The car has been perfect all day and the tyres were good. I’m doing all I can at the minute. I stalled on the last stage which was really frustrating, but I will be aiming to take as many stages tomorrow as possible. I won’t stop trying until that final finish.”

Nil Solans said: “I really enjoy driving on Spanish roads and want to push again tomorrow. Of course I am happy with my position but I will definitely be pushing for the rally win tomorrow.”

Szymon Kornicki said: “The stages here in Spain are beautiful and it is such a great experience to drive here. I am happy with my current position but there is still much racing to be done. I’m not going to look at the times tomorrow and see if the surprise is nice. I will push for sure but I don’t want to crash out.”

1. Tom Cave / Craig Parry 3h 35m 12.8s
2. Nil Solans / Miquel Ibanez 3h 36m 14.5s
3. Szymon Kornicki / Przemyslaw Mazur 3h 41m 19.8s
3. Max Vatanen / Mikko Lukka 3h 41m 27.1s
4. Sander Pärn / James Morgan 3h 42m 31.8s
6. Ghislain de Mevius / Johan Jalet 3h 45m 13.8s
7. Quentin Gilbert / Renaud Jamoul 3h 49m 01.0s
8. Nicolas Amiouni / Joseph Matar 3h 49m 18.6s


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