Skoda in the lead of WRC2

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ŠKODA has made a good start to the Portugal Rally. After Day 1 of the gravel event in the area of Algarve, Finland´s Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (factory crew) are top of the WRC-2 standings. Sepp Wiegand & Frank Christian of ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland are sixth after two punctures.

Leg 1 of the fourth event of the FIA WRC-2 saw Esapekka Lappi win all of Friday´s five special stages: “Our main ambition in today´s first run was to get the right rhythm. It was the right decision, we were much more confident in the second runs.”

Sepp Wiegand had bad luck on Friday - a tyre defect in Stage 2 slowed the current leader of the WRC-2 down: “We were the first WRC-2 crew to have appeared on the start line today, so we mainly concentrated on our speed.” A crash into a wall in today´s last stage in Lisbon resulted in an unplanned wheel replacement. “I did not expect the track to be this slippery ... I am so fed up with myself!” Yet Wiegand had “good luck in bad luck”, because he was able to continue and will start Day 2 in sixth place.

Saturday´s programme includes six special stages, 158 kilometres in total. “This rally will be long and very, very difficult,” says Lappi. The drivers will get to the finish line on after four stages on Sunday the most exciting of which is the 52.3-kilometre long Almodovar stage known as the “royal” stage.