Pärn Heads the Way In Poland

Pärn Heads the Way In Poland

Estonia’s Sander Pärn picked up where he left off from Rally Portugal, blitzing the pack during the opening day of round two of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. Pärn and British co-driver James Morgan finished Friday’s action with a lead of 26.4 seconds ahead of Tom Cave and Craig Parry.


Cave had been the early pace-setter on Thursday but Pärn delivered three fastest times from the five competitive stages on Friday to edge ahead. He mastered the rutted roads, which became so bad that two stages had to be cancelled, controlling the speed at the front of the chasing pack.


Third was Spaniard José Suárez another nine seconds adrift of Cave. Early leader Quentin Gilbert was forced to retire after his car sustained rally-ending damage following a collision with a tree and Nil Solans also retired after getting stuck when he slid off the road.


Sander Pärn said: “Today went quite well even though the stages were very rutted and rough. It was difficult to judge just how hard to push but we had a good run and we are still not on maximum attack. My pace was better than yesterday and we just tried to avoid making mistakes.”


Tom Cave said: “It’s been a tough day mentally, with the stages being cancelled, and difficult to stay focused and keep the rhythm. It was difficult with the ruts but the stages tomorrow will be better. Maybe I was a little cautious today but tomorrow is the longest day of the rally.”


José Suárez said: “The conditions were really hard today because the road was so destroyed and we also had a few other temperature problems and had to take things carefully. We aren’t driving very fast but it’s easy to take risks on fast stages like this.”


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