This morning's action sees Cave create traction 

This morning's action sees Cave create traction 

This morning's action at Rally Finland got off to an eventful start with Tom Cave and Marius Aasen locked in an intense battle for pole position, with Finnish driver Max Vatanen maintaining the pressure in third overall.

Cave of the UK set the opening gambit taking SS2, which really tested our crews with its variety of road types and fast technical sections. Aasen finished 3.4sec behind with Vatanen in just another 5sec. Cave improved on his 2014 performance of the same stage by a whopping 12 seconds.

On the first pass of Päijälä (SS3) the overall lead swung in favor of Aasen as he took his first stage win of the event; but Cave was hot on his heels following just half a second behind.

Drama followed when British driver Gus Greensmith and American Will Hudson both rolled their Ford Fiesta R2s within two minutes of each other, spelling a disappointing end to the rally for the pair. Edoardo Bresolin also had an incident whereby he damaged the drive shaft and was unable to continue.

The lead had changed hands again by the end of first pass of iconic Ouninpohja, as Cave set an impressive time to take the stage nearly 10sec ahead of nearest rival Aasen. This opened up the young British driver's overall lead to just over nine seconds, which he then extended by taking the final stage of the morning. Early leader Ghislain de Mévius of Belgium is setting positive times, finishing third on SS5 just 4.3sec behind.

Going into the remote tyre change at Humid, Cave leads Aasen by over 13 seconds with Max Vatanen 37 seconds off the pace in third.


This morning's action sees Cave create traction 
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