Central Europe – SS3: Rovanperä in the match, puncture for Ogier!

In the rain, Kalle Rovanperä was able to take advantage of his starting position to set the best time of SS3. Sébastien Ogier has already lost a lot of time due to a puncture...

Published on 27/10/2023 à 10:29

Dorian Grangier

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Central Europe – SS3: Rovanperä in the match, puncture for Ogier!

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  • This Friday day got off to a flying start on this Rally from Central Europe! In capricious weather, it was Kalle Rovanperä who was able to do well. The Finn, first on the road, was the fastest in SS3, ahead of Esapekka Lappi and Elfyn Evans.
  • As we passed along, the road got dirtier and the times got slower and slower. Thierry Neuville, who lost 3″4 to Kalle Rovanperä, now only has a 1″4 lead at the head of the Central European Rally.
  • To Sébastien Ogier, victory already seems to be in jeopardy! The Frenchman suffered a puncture to his right front tire very early on. At the finish of SS3, the eight-time world champion lost more than 40 seconds to the author of the scratch! The pilot Toyota did not hesitate to take a dig at Pirelli: “Amazing, incredible. What to say ? I can’t wait for Michelin to be back…”
  • SS3 was fatal to another Habs: WRC2 leader at the start, Yohan Rossel went off the track and had to leave his Citroën. Trapped by the wet grass on the outside of a bend, the Frenchman was unable to get his C3 back onto the asphalt and crashed into the trees! The crew got out of the car, but it already seems to be over for the two French...
  • Adrien fourmaux also suffered a puncture and lost almost a minute to the new WRC2 leader, Andreas Mikkelsen.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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