Lemes Dominates on the Second Morning

Lemes Dominates on the Second Morning

Spanish driver Yeray Lemes continued his impressive display setting fastest times on all three stages this morning to increase his lead to 1m 19sec ahead of Tom Cave.

Overnight rain left this morning's stages damp and with further showers in the forecast it was a challenging day that lay ahead as Rallye Deutschland moved into its second leg.

Due to an earlier incident, Stage 8 in Peterberg was cancelled and the race moved directly to the battlegrounds of Arena Panzerplatte. SS9 was again taken by Lemes, with a slender lead of 1sec ahead of Gilbert and Spaniard Nil Solans.

The 42.5km Panzerplatte Lang saw Belgian driver Ghislain de Mevius roll his Fiesta just 7km from the end, costing him three valuable minutes as he struggled to get back on the road. However, Solans’ increased pace came to an abrupt end after going off the road and colliding with a hinkelstein - he was unable to continue after damaging the suspension. Gilbert’s day came to a disappointing end when a fuel pump issue forced the Frenchman to retire, further adding to his woes. Lemes collected his fifth consecutive stage victory bringing his total for the race to seven. British driver Cave followed 15sec back and Szymon Kornicki of Poland was third.

Going into afternoon service Lemes leads Cave by 1min 20sec followed by Sander Pärn who is 3min adrift of the lead.

Yeray Lemes said: “We have seven stage wins so far but we still need more points if we are going to challenge for the Trophy. We have been driving flat out in all the conditions, dry or wet. The surfaces changes so frequently out there so it’s tricky. But ultimately I feel confident going into the second passes this afternoon.”

Tom Cave said: “It has been a good loop and again I am really enjoying the opportunity to drive on these roads. We had the wrong tyres and the wrong set up for the conditions on Panzerplatte so we could have been faster there. I’m happy with the overall progress I’m making.”

Sander Pärn said: “I feel satisfied with my driving and happy with how things seem to be shaping up. Again I have adopted the long game tactic and it appears to be working so far. The rain started coming down just as we started Panzerplatte Lang and with the wrong tyres, I didn’t feel so confident so just took it easy. I will continue to drive carefully and hope for some mistakes further up the field.”

1. Yeray Lemes / Rogelio Penãte 1h 54m 48.2s
2. Tom Cave / Craig Parry 1h 56m 08.0s
3. Sander Pärn / James Morgan 1h 57m 46.4s
4. Szymon Kornicki / Przemyslaw Mazur 1h 57m 52.6s
5. Ghislain de Mevius / Johan Jalet 1h 59m 12.1s
6. Max Vatanen / Mikko Lukka 1h 59m 50.4s


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