Sousa Slower but Still on Top

Sousa Slower but Still on Top

The second day of racing got underway this morning with the crews eager to get back on the gravel tracks and take their chances on the formidable passes in the Duero Valley.

Current overall leader and local driver Bernardo Sousa appears to be keeping his head and tyre wear down as he claimed no scratch points this morning, but still lies 34.6sec ahead of Welsh driver Osian Pryce. Pryce, who is also showing good tyre management, seized the opportunity taking two of the available three fastest times, finishing first on stage 10 and 12. Max Vatanen kept a cool head and maintains his podium position, only a minute and a half off the pace.

Current Fiesta Trophy Rookie winner Gus Greensmith looked keen to make up for yesterday’s poor luck and set his fifth fastest time of the event on the first pass of Marão. He moved up into fourth overall, only to retire on the very next stage with a broken driveshaft.

The retirements didn’t end there, as two rookie crews in Karan Patel of Kenya and American driver Dillon Van Way both went off the road. Disappointing for both fledgling crews as they are beginning to show gradual improvements.


Sousa Slower but Still on Top
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