Lemes in Control After Strong Opening Day in Germany

Lemes in Control After Strong Opening Day in Germany

At the end of day one Spanish driver Yeray Lemes leads Tom Cave by 50sec who is followed by Belgian driver Ghislain De Mevius a further 11sec behind.

In the first four stages of the day Lemes and Quentin Gilbert of France tussled for dominance, each claiming two victories. Gilbert however slid into a field 6km into the second pass of Waxweiler, leaving room for Cave and De Mevius to move into second and third place overall. This surprise early exit elevated series leader Sander Pärn to fourth at the close of day one. With little damage to the vehicle Gilbert will continue on Saturday morning.

With Gilbert's early retirement, the door was open for Lemes and co-driver Rogelio Penãte to take another two stage victories, bringing their total for the day to four. On SS5, the Spanish pair finished just 6sec ahead of Cave and De Mevius. On the sixth and final stage of the day, Cave was 7sec behind while De Mevius was 18sec adrift.

The run of bad luck continued for Leo Urlichich of Canada when an electrical failure meant he was forced to retire on the road section leading to SS4.

Yeray Lemes said: "Tomorrow we will continue to drive stage by stage and take as many points as we can. We need to push for those wins to reduce the difference with Pärn. It has been a good first day and overall I'm happy.

Tom Cave said: "It has been a good day and I'm happy with the second overall place. I really enjoyed the stages, but there was so much mud and loose gravel it was easy to make mistakes. I can't complain really, this being my first time in Germany. I'll try maintaining the pace and reduce the gap with Lemes.

Ghislain de Mevius said: "Yes I'm happy with the result today, it feels good competing on Tarmac. Hopefully we can build on today and move forward during the rest of the race.

Quentin Gilbert said: "It was a muddy left hand cut that slid us on to the grass and down a steep bank into a field. It was so frustrating because there was nothing wrong with the car, I just couldn't get back on the road. We will start again tomorrow for the experience.

1. Yeray Lemes / Rogelio Penãte 1h 10m 57.4s
2. Tom Cave / Craig Parry 1h 11m 47.8s
3. Ghislain de Mevius / Johan Jalet 1h 11m 59.7s
4. Sander Pärn / James Morgan 1h 12m 41.8s
5. Szymon Kornicki / Przemyslaw Mazur 1h 12m 47.3s
6. Nil Solans / Miquel Ibanez 1h 13m 08.1s


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