Citroen riders duo ahead after day one Rally TurkeySeptember 14, 2019
Citroen racer Esapecca Lappi leads after the first day of the WRC Turkey Rally, 17.7 seconds ahead of team mate six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier.
During the day, the Finn only once showed the best time, but on the longest, 38-kilometer, Cetibeli dopa. And with the repeated passage of this special stage, he became the second, losing only to Thierry Neuville. In the remaining five special stages, Lappi steadily finished in the top 5 and ended the day with a comfortable margin.
“To be honest, I’m surprised that the day went so smoothly for us, given the slaughter of local special stages,” commented the Friday leader. – At this rally you can’t attack in full force, and, it seems, I managed to find the optimal pace. I am pleased with the car. So for now, everything is fine. ”
The current world champion, Sebastien Ogier, also avoided serious problems, except for a slow puncture in the morning, and takes second place in the general classification. However, the Frenchman is only 0.7 seconds ahead of his closest rival Thierry Neuville.
The fourth place is occupied by the M-Sport racer Teemu Suninen, who has been losing for 26 seconds even to the owner of the third place. Closes the top five strongest partner Neuville by Hyundai Andreas Mikkelsen.
The leader of the championship and current winner of the Rally Turkey Ott Tyanak after a tire puncture at the beginning of the day’s passage of Cetibeli lost a minute in relation to the leaders and takes eighth place in the SS7.
On Saturday, participants will have to overcome six special stages with a total length of 109 km.
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