Stages Bite But Lemes Stays Ahead

Stages Bite But Lemes Stays Ahead

Day two was again dominated by Spanish driver Yeray Lemes, taking four of the available seven finishes and maintaining an overall lead of 1min 7sec. He was fastest on all three of the morning stages. the tough Panzerplatte stage lived up to its fierce reputation, claiming two retirements. Quentin Gilbert was sidelined after a suspected fuel pump issue and Nil Solans damaged his front suspension after an altercation with a hinkelstein.

Following the afternoon service, Tom Cave took his first stage win of the rally on the second pass of Stein & Wein followed by Lemes two seconds adrift. British driver Cave went on to collect another stage victory on the second pass of Panzerplatte Lang with a gap of 8sec to Belgium’s Ghislain de Mevius.

Current trophy leader Sander Pärn also pinched a stage win from Lemes, finishing just 0.3sec ahead on the second pass of Arena Panzerplatte.

Going into the final day of competition Lemes leads Cave by 1min 7sec with Pärn 3min 20sec back.

Yeray Lemes said: “We lost some time on the final stage when we got stuck behind the Porsche. He set off ahead of us as normal, but then he somehow ended up in my rear view mirror. We pulled in to let him though and ended up sitting behind for 2km. We are thinking about tomorrow and how we can collect as many points as possible.”

Tom Cave said: “This afternoon’s drive was challenging but I enjoyed it more because it felt like we had the right set up for the conditions this time. It was really slippery on stage 10 so I really had to concentrate there. I want to go quicker but I don’t want to make any mistakes.”

Sander Pärn said: “I am happy with the way my Tarmac driving is developing. The short Panzerplatte stage really suited my driving style so I felt I could really push there. Other than that stage where I got the win, I drove steadily with as few mistakes as possible. My aim for the last loop was to keep Ghislain and Szymon behind me, so in that respect I have succeeded.”

1. Yeray Lemes / Rogelio Penãte 2h 44m 44.2s
2. Tom Cave / Craig Parry 2h 45m 51.4s
3. Sander Pärn / James Morgan 2h 48m 05.9s
4. Ghislain de Mevius / Johan Jalet 2h 49m 16.4s
5. Szymon Kornicki / Przemyslaw Mazur 2h 50m 05.5s
6. Max Vatanen / Mikko Lukka 2h 51m 20.8s


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