Fortune favours Lukyanuk as ERC Junior U28 leader Kreim impresses in Rome

Fortune favours Lukyanuk as ERC Junior U28 leader Kreim impresses in Rome

22.07.2018: FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 5 of 8 Rally di Roma Capitale: Leg one 21 July *Russian in front following a day of high drama on Rally di Roma Capitale *Sesks heads rivals in Pirelli-equipped ERC Junior Under 27

FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 5 of 8
Rally di Roma Capitale: Leg one  21 July
 

*Russian in front following a day of high drama on Rally di Roma Capitale

*Sesks heads rivals in Pirelli-equipped ERC Junior Under 27

*Érdi Jr on top in ERC2 but there’s frustration for Alonso, Remennik

 


Alexey Lukyanuk holds a 15.8-second advantage over double FIA European Rally Championship title winner Giandomenico Basso after Leg One of Rally di Roma Capitale, amidst an afternoon of high drama.
 


A two-time ERC winner in 2018, Lukyanuk’s quest for a third win this season was aided by major rivals losing time and retiring outright, though he had to cope with a broken rear roll-bar throughout Saturday afternoon’s challenging all-asphalt stages.
 


While his lead is barely any larger than it was at midday service, Lukyanuk’s main chasers have changed multiple times throughout.
 


Giandomenico Basso is currently his main opponent despite a lack of familiarity with his ŠKODA Fabia R5 and a brand new co-driver in Moira Lucca. He had been locked in a battle for second with fellow Italian championship competitor Simone Campedelli, until the Orange1 Racing driver’s day came to an end when two punctures left him without spare tyres to complete Saturday’s closing loop of stages.
 


Behind second placed Basso is ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland’s Fabian Kreim, who leads the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship category after Leg One. In a performance reminiscent of his Rally Islas Canarias podium, Kreim methodically worked his way up the order with a series of clean stages absent of drama or errors, climbing from eighth to third at the overnight halt. He spent all of Saturday’s seven stages battling hard with Grzegorz Grzyb, swapping fractions of a second from stage to stage before establishing a 1.4s lead by day’s end.
 


Behind fourth placed Grzyb is 10-time Italian champion and fan favourite Paolo Andreucci, turning in a heroic performance after fracturing his lower vertebrae in a testing crash less than a week ago. He remains in the podium battle with Kreim and Grzyb, 7.6s behind Kreim in third.
 


A frustrated Bruno Magalhães finished Leg One sixth, his car’s engine cutting out and requiring a master reset more than once in the final two Saturday stages. The SEAJETS-backed driver had set his sights squarely on Kreim’s third place, but the Portuguese driver’s intermittent power issue left him 31.5s adrift of a podium place instead.
 


ŠKODA Motorsport protégé Juuso Nordgren took a deliberately cautious approach to guide his Wevers Sport-prepared Fabia to seventh, ahead of second placed ERC Junior U28 contender Chris Ingram.


 
Fredrik Åhlin was one of several drivers to pick up a puncture on stage five but was keen to focus on the positives, happy with his learning progression on asphalt while finishing Leg One in ninth. Ingram’s Toksport WRT team-mate Orhan Avcioğlu completes the top 10 in Fiuggi tonight.
 




Leg one recap: Lukyanuk and Kreim hold firm as rivals deflate



After two FIA European Rally Championship events in a row in which Alexey Lukyanuk crashed out, it was the turn of his rivals to experience misfortune on Rally di Roma Capitale, which also handed ERC Junior Under 28 leader Fabian Kreim a golden opportunity.
 


Fellow ERC Junior U28  pilot Nikolay Gryazin mounted a concerted challenge to Lukyanuk’s early pace, running within five seconds of the rally leader until stage four. A small engine fire coupled with power steering failure forced the 20-year-old Russian to pull over before resuming, dropping three minutes and out of podium contention.
 


Lukyanuk had pinpointed Gryazin and Bruno Magalhães has the two drivers he wanted to beat. As Magalhães struggled in the lower half of the top 10 with set-up issues which made his car feel “soft” on Saturday morning’s loop, a quartet of Italian championship drivers circled close behind.
 


Umberto Scandola had won Rally di Roma Capitale twice in years past but was first to fall, a technical problem ending his rally while running fifth in stage three. Reigning Italian championship winner on this event, Simone Campedelli, was next of the front-running Italians to hit trouble, retiring from third place when he ran out of spare tyres with two punctures in two consecutive afternoon stages.
 


This left Giandomenico Basso, European champion in 2006 and 2009, as Lukyanuk’s main challenger in second. In only his second rally aboard a ŠKODA Fabia R5 and with a brand new co-driver, he progressively pushed harder in every test, winning stage seven by 2.8s despite a 360-degree spin.
 


Fabian Kreim showed what could be achieved with a calm, restrained approach. Keen to cover every kilometre and build his confidence and pace, Kreim belied his young age with a measured drive to third overall and a secure lead in ERC Junior U28.
 


He was locked in a close battle all day long, swapping places with his podium rival Grzegorz Grzyb all day long in a tit-for-tat squabble over tenths of a second. Despite battling hard with one another both ascended through the overall standings to third and fourth respectively, split by only 1.4s after Leg One.
 



Italian rallying legend Paolo Andreucci, who had earned the loudest cheer of all in Friday’s ACI Roma Arena superspecial, ran first on the road all day on his way to fifth place. It was a remarkable effort from Andreucci, who had fractured his lower vertebrae earlier this week in a testing crash which had sidelined his wife and regular co-driver Anna Andreussi.
 


Bruno Magalhães started Friday complaining his ‘soft’ car left him unable to push flat out, pointing out he had been lifting in corners which he had taken flat the year before.



A new set of anti-roll bars at midday service made his Fabia come alive but it was all for naught, as an intermittent power issue cost him all progress. As his engine kept cutting out, his gap to Kreim, Grzyb and Andreucci ahead increased further, now in sixth place and 31.5s off a potential podium finish.
 


Those behind the top six were influenced greatly by a single stage, Pico-Greci’s 19.46 kilometres. As gravel and stones were dragged onto the asphalt roads, tyres took a beating, leading to several punctures for those fighting over points.
 


In Saturday morning’s pass there were warning signs of Pico-Greci’s rally-changing ability. Magalhães’ ARC Sport team-mate Aloísio Monteiro crashed out, while ERC Junior U28 competitor Rhys Yates and Italian driver Marco Pollara both sustained punctures.
 


Winding forward to the Saturday afternoon re-run and the midfield order was shaken up massively. Campedelli, Ingram, Fredrik Åhlin, ACCR Czech Team’s Jan Černý, Albert von Thurn und Taxis, Cyprus Rally winner Simos Galatariotis, Łukasz Habaj and even Yates for a second time all sustained punctures.
 


Juuso Nordgren was one to narrowly avoid a larger stone which had caught out others, moving up to seventh overall with clean, consistent driving. Behind him a recovering Ingram finished Leg One in eighth after being as high as fourth before his puncture, CA1 Sport’s Åhlin in ninth and Orhan Avcioğlu in his Toksport WRT Fabia P10.
 


Qualifying Stage winner Gryazin’s comeback had been going well, surging back to tenth after his morning drama. It was an ultimately futile comeback, as a clutch problem in stage six evolved into complete gearbox failure on the start line of stage nine, Saturday’s final 2.46-kilometre blast through Pico.
 



Richard Rodgers, photo FIA ERC DPPI

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/lukyanuk-fortune-erc-junior-u28-fabian-kreim-impresses-roma---179029.html

22.07.2018 / MaP

Weitere Beiträge

Rally di Roma Capitale standings after stage 4
21.07.2018
FIA ERC RALLYES - RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALEStage 4Saturday, July 21st  20181     2 RUS      1     Lukyanuk Alexey / Arnautov AlexeyFord Fiesta R5     RC2 1  &nbs weiter >>
Rally di Roma Capitale standings after stage 3
21.07.2018
FIA ERC Rallyes - RALLY DI ROMA CapitaleStage 3 - Roccasecca-Colle San Magno 1, lenght 13.93 km    Saturday, July 21st  20181     2 RUS      1     Lukyanuk Alexey / Arnau weiter >>
Rally di Roma Capitale pre-event press conference
20.07.2018
FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 5 of 8, Rally di Roma Capitale, 20-22 July Restaurante Giolitti, EUR, Roma, - Friday 20 JulyPresent:Giandomenico BassoFabian Kreim, ŠKODA AU weiter >>
Rally di Roma Capitale Qualifying stage classification
20.07.2018
FIA ERC Rallyes - RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALEQualifying Stage - Fumone, lenght: 4.02 kmFriday, July 20th  20181     4 LVA          Gryazin Nikolay / Fedorov Y.Škoda Fabia R weiter >>
Rally di Roma: Europe's top junior drivers show their skills with Pirelli
19.07.2018
The Rally di Roma this weekend will showcase some of the best junior rally talent in Europe, counting both towards the FIA Junior European Rally Championship and the Italian Junior Rally Championship. Italy’s capital is where the top two-wheel drive e weiter >>
Sindre Furuseth to take on "the best" in ERC Junior under 27
18.07.2018
*Norwegian aims high ahead of Rally di Roma Capitale debut*Experience-gaining adventure includes two events on asphalt, two on gravel*Determined youngster plans to “get noticed” as he builds his international pedigree  weiter >>
ERC Rally di Roma Capitale last news
17.07.2018
FIA ERC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPRally di Roma Capitale QUALITY AND QUANTITY: ERC RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE GETS STRONG ENTRYThe FIA European Rally Championship resumes in Italy this week with an entry list of q weiter >>
Mattia Vita ERC Junior U27 - Rally di Roma Capitale preview
17.07.2018
ERC Junior U27  round three of sixRally di Roma Capitale (ITA) Mattia out to conquer home roads in RomeUp-and-coming Italian driver Mattia Vita resumes his European Rally Championship campaign on home ground this week whe weiter >>
FIA ERC Junior under 28 Championship Rally di Roma Capitale pre-event quotes
16.07.2018
  photo caption: Fabian KREIM   FIA ERC Junior under 28 Championship Round 3 of 6: Rally di Roma Capitale, 20-22 JulyFREDRIK ÅHLIN (SWE) weiter >>
ERC Rally di Roma Capitale - further news and standings
13.07.2018
 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE, 20-22 JULY FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship round 3/6FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round 3/6And in other news… weiter >>
ERC3- Rally die Roma Capitale: Bernardi goes for win double
13.07.2018
 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE, 20-22 JULY FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship round 3/6FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round 3/6     Frenchman Florian Bernardi w weiter >>
ERC2 - Rally die Roma Capitale: Remennik back to hold title advantage
13.07.2018
 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE, 20-22 JULY FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship round 3/6FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round 3/6Sergei Remennik returns to weiter >>
ERC1- Rally die Roma Capitale : Lukyanuk playing catch-up in title chase
13.07.2018
 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE, 20-22 JULY FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship round 3/6FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round 3/6Russian Rocket Alexey Lukyanuk is playing catch-u weiter >>
ERC junior gladiators aim for Capitale gains in Rome
13.07.2018
 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE, 20-22 JULY FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship round 3/6FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round 3/6*Future stars to prove their talent during Italian asphalt ad weiter >>
ERC Rally di Roma Capitale preview
13.07.2018
 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE, 20-22 JULY FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship round 3/6FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship round 3/6 Excitement, learning and action will be amo weiter >>
Melegari gesture gives former ERC Champion Basso Rally di Roma Capitale chance
09.07.2018
*Movisport boss Melegari forgoes ERC2 participation to aid driver Basso’s cause*Double European title winner Basso now has budget for home ERC round*Melegari plans to continue ERC2 campaign later in the year weiter >>
Johansson gets set for ERC Junior under 27 bid
04.07.2018
*Swede begins first international campaign on Rally di Roma Capitale*Asphalt adventure excites national junior champion*Ex-motocross rider plans full ERC Junior U27 campaign in 2019 Sebastian Johansson will be weiter >>
Rome is where the heart is for ERC driver von Thurn und Taxis
03.07.2018
Rally Di Roma CapitaleAlbert von Thurn und Taxis has the honour of competing in his adoptive Rome when the FIA European Rally Championship fires up again next month.Although he flies the German flag on his Baumschl weiter >>
Seaside showdown for Rome's ERC rally
03.07.2018
Rally Di Roma CapitaleItaly’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship is set for a seaside showdown when Ostia – on the banks of the Tyrrhenian Sea – brings the action to a close with a superspecial stage on Sunday 22 July. weiter >>
Italy’s ERC counter set for spectacular Rome start, parade and stage
27.06.2018
 Rally Di Roma CapitaleRally di Roma Capitale, Italy’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship, will get underway with a sensational superspecial stage in the country’s famous city on Friday 20 July. weiter >>
Saintéloc Junior Team on top in ERC entrants’ prize chase
27.06.2018
Saintéloc Junior Team’s Cyprus Rally entry paid dividends with the French squad taking first place in the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams.Strong results in two-wheel drive for Laurent Pellier and Catie Munnings earned Sain weiter >>
Cyprus Rally post-event press conference
18.06.2018
FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 4 of 8, Cyprus Rally, 15-17 June  Finikoudes, Larnaca,  Sunday 17 JunePresent:Simos Galatariotis/Antonis Ioannou, first positionBruno Magalhães/Hugo M weiter >>
Cyprus Rally - Results, stats and facts
18.06.2018
FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 4 of 8Cyprus Rally: Leg two 17 June PROVISIONAL TOP 10 POSITIONS (after 13 stages, 205.41 kilometres)1 Simos Galatariotis (CYP)/Antonios Ioannou (CYP) &Sca weiter >>
ERC3: Unstoppable ERC3 winner Pellier sweeps up in Cyprus dust
18.06.2018
FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 4 of 8Cyprus Rally: Leg two , 17 JuneFIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 regular Laurent Pellier scored a near-perfect victory in the ERC3 support category on the Cyprus Rally, winning by more tha weiter >>
ERC2: Panteli takes maiden category win on home event
18.06.2018
FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 4 of 8Cyprus Rally: Leg two , 17 JuneCypriot Petros Panteli scored a dream maiden FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category win on the Cyprus Rally, cruising home safely after issues struck weiter >>
How leg two unfolded: ERC lead battle goes down to the wire in Cyprus
18.06.2018
FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 4 of 8Cyprus Rally: Leg two report, 17 JuneWevers Sport-run Juuso Nordgren, the ŠKODA Motorsport-backed youngster from Finland, had gone into Leg Two with a 4.6s lead over Galatariotis, and de weiter >>
0.6 seconds! Cyprus ace Galatariotis seals home ERC win in dramatic finish
18.06.2018
FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 4 of 8Cyprus Rally: Leg two  17 June *Local star beats Magalhães in third closest finish in recent European championship history*Lead changes hands three times duri weiter >>
Final standings in Cyprus Rally 2018
17.06.2018
FIA ERC RALLYESCYPRUS RALLYSunday, June 17th  20181     6 CYP      2     Galatariotis S. / Ioannou AntonisŠkoda Fabia R5     RC2 1     01:55:40.2 weiter >>
Cyprus Rally standings after stage 12, top15 - Al-Attiyah in lead
17.06.2018
FIA ERC RALLYES - CYPRUS RALLYSunday, June 17th 20181     3 QAT      3     Al-Attiyah N. / Baumel MatthieuFord Fiesta R5     RC2 1     01:41:28.0 weiter >>

Kategorien

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

© 2001-2017 automobilsport.com full copyright automobilsport.com