Patience Pays off for Pärn

Patience Pays off for Pärn

With the bit between his teeth, Estonia’s Sander Pärn came charging out the gates on the third morning. With only 20secs to make up, the current Trophy leader caught a touch of luck when over night leader Tom Cave dropped 18sec when he was forced to overtake the car in front, which was struggling with a puncture By the end of SS15 Pärn was ahead, leading Cave by 6.6sec.

With his confidence high, Pärn took four wins from the five opening stages on day three, leading overall by +21.8sec, a strong position ready for the afternoon’s passes. French driver Quentin Gilbert took his fourth stage win on SS17 and moved up to third.

At the mid way point on day three Pärn leads the way 21.8sec ahead of Cave and over 3min ahead of Gilbert.

Unfortunately for Nicolas Amiouni, too much damage had been sustained to his vehicle in the previous evening’s roll and the Lebanese driver was unable to restart today. 

Tom Cave said: “I feel less confident on these stages compared to how I felt yesterday. We had a couple of issues, having to overtake the car in front cost me time early on. I had an overshoot on a jump which cost me another 10 seconds. But overall I am pleased with my performance.”

Sander Pärn said: “Today I’m showing better confidence, better braking so that means more speed. These stages are more familiar to me than yesterday and I feel confident going into the second pass. The conditions were ok for me this time round, but I think it will be different in the afternoon.”

Quentin Gilbert said: “After the puncture on the first day I must push hard for maximum place and points. I’m happy with the first loop and I have confidence in my pace-notes. I am surprised the roads aren’t worse than they are, I feel it’s possible to push harder. Looking forward to the afternoon.”

1. Sander Pärn / James Morgan 2h 30m 01.0s
2. Tom Cave / Craig Parry 2h 30m 22.8s
3. Quentin Gilbert / Renaud Jamoul 2h 33m 25.3s
4. Marius Aasen / Marlene Engan 2h 33m 43.1s
5. Yeray Lemes / Rogelio Penãte 2h 34m 42.1s
6. Max Vatanen / Mikko Lukka 2h 38m 09.6s


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