Monday, September 25, 2023

Rovanperä confidently marches towards victory in Rally New Zealand 2022 and the world title


Rovanperä K. / Halttunen Jonne (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) lead Rally New Zealand after the first two days of the race. Rovanpera has a comfortable lead of 29 seconds over Ogier S. / Veillas B. (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1). The third place goes to the crew Tänak Ott / Järveoja M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) with a lag of 46.4 seconds. If they have no technical issues or crashes these three crews are sure favorites for the podium ahead of the last 4 stages tomorrow.
Breen Craig / Nagle Paul (Ford Puma Rally1) led through the early stages of the race, but an accident in stage five put them out of the race.
Neuville T. / Wydaeghe M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) gradually lost time, having spins in two consecutive stages and losing around 15 seconds for each.
Ogier S. / Veillas B. (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) took the lead when in the last stage of day 1 he dropped to third place, 6.7 seconds behind Tänak Ott / Järveoja M.
(Hyundai i20 N Rally1).
Rovanperä took the lead in special stage number 9, and in the same stage Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott went off the track and damaged the rear of the car.
In stage number 10 two crews that of Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott and Greensmith Gus / Andersson Jonas crashed and the stage had to be withdrawn.
The last stage today was also marked by heavy downpour.
First in RC2 are Paddon Hayden / Kennard John (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) and they are 6th overall.
Rovanperä, who has a birthday today, celebrates his 22nd birthday, can become the youngest world champion after only 4 stages.

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