Lukyanuk' ERC title hopes on track with Rally di Roma Capitale win

Lukyanuk' ERC title hopes on track with Rally di Roma Capitale win

23.07.2018: FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 5 of 8 Rally di Roma Capitale: Leg two , 22 July *Russian rocket reclaims championship advantage from Magalhăes

FIA European Rally Championship 2018: Round 5 of 8
Rally di Roma Capitale: Leg two , 22 July
 


*Russian rocket reclaims championship advantage from Magalhães

*Former champion Basso pushes hard on Rally di Roma Capitale

*Kreim wins ERC Junior Under 28, Sesks takes ERC Junior Under 27 laurels

*Grzyb completes overall podium as Érdi Jr storms ERC2

 



Alexey Lukyanuk resisted a late challenge from double FIA European Rally Championship winner Giandomenico Basso for victory on Rally di Roma Capitale, securing his third win this season alongside co-driver Alexey Arnautov.
 



Basso had more than halved Lukyanuk’s lead in a single stage on Sunday afternoon, but ran out of competitive kilometres to catch the Russian Performance Motorsport driver, falling short by 7.5s.
 


Grzegorz Grzyb held two rivals at bay to secure a “dream” podium finish which far exceeded his own expectations for this rally. Ten-time Italian champion Paolo Andreucci had closed to within two seconds of Grzyb in fourth but crashed out.
 


His other challenger for a podium was ERC Junior Under 28 category winner Fabian Kreim. Keen to secure his first ever class win and vital points for his championship challenge, Kreim focused on reaching the finish while improving his confidence, happy to let Grzyb escape and finish fourth overall.
 


Bruno Magalhães was happier with his SEAJETS-backed ŠKODA Fabia R5’s performance and pace on Sunday than in Leg One. But the Portuguese could not make the progress he desired though, with one of two passes through Leg Two’s longest stage cancelled, he lacked opportunities to climb his way further up the classification and settled for fifth.
 


ERC Junior U28 runner-up Chris Ingram was a star performer on Sunday, scoring his first outright stage victory on SS13, shared with Basso on equal times. Ingram had started Sunday 50.9s behind ŠKODA junior driver Juuso Nordgren but made up all that time plus more, jumping to sixth overall with one stage remaining and demoting Nordgren to seventh.
 


Fredrik Åhlin was in good spirits, capturing a second consecutive ERC Junior U28 podium finish on his way to eighth overall. Like Ingram he had lost time with a puncture on Saturday but also with a driveshaft failure on Friday, overcoming both for a strong class finish.
 


Orhan Avcioğlu came agonisingly close to finishing in ninth, coming into the rally’s final stage with only 1.3s in hand over local entrant Marco Pollara. A botched handbake turn at a roundabout on Ostia’s rally-closing superspecial sent him into the barriers, costing him nearly seven seconds as he reversed out. Pollara seized on Avcioğlu’s error, taking advantage of his mistake to score ninth place on his ERC debut and demote Avcioğlu to P10.
 


The FIA RGT class was won by Raphaël Astier, who beat his Abarth 124 rivals Andrea Modanesi in second and Andrea Nucita in third. Astier secured victory despite being forced to nurse his car home with a broken differential through Sunday’s afternoon loop. Modanesi and Nucita had both retired on Saturday.
 



Leg two recap: Campedelli crowned comeback king as Lukyanuk wraps up win




Simone Campedelli demonstrated on Leg Two of Rally di Roma Capitale why he had worried Alexey Lukyanuk enough for the Russian to hide a broken anti-roll bar from his rivals on Saturday afternoon.
 


Orange1 Racing’s Campedelli won the Italian championship section of this event last year and gave Lukyanuk every reason to be wary before his retirement from two punctures yesterday. With Campedelli intent on securing maximum leg points on his Sunday restart, Lukyanuk was focused on a different Italian driver, double ERC champion Giandomenico Basso.
 


Though highly experienced in the ERC and on his homeland’s Tarmac roads, he was piloting a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for only the second time in his career and with a new co-driver, Swiss Moira Lucca. Being able to home in on the Russian rocket was not a given.
 


Lukyanuk had set a target of beating SEAJETS-backed championship leader Bruno Magalhães and ERC Junior U28 title protagonist Nikolay Gryazin, his sights firmly set on recouping lost points in his title fight. With both out of the equation, he backed off in stage 10, though at the end of the stage he quickly realised he’d backed off a little too much.
 


Basso had carved 9.5s out of Lukyanuk’s lead in only 12.4 kilometres, separating the pair by only 6.3s. After initially appearing unconcerned about what the local Italian drivers would do, Lukyanuk realised he needed to push.
 


There was retaliation from Lukyanuk in stage 11, going fastest by 1.2s from second quickest Basso. Another eight tenths gained by Basso over Rocca di Cave’s 28.6 kilometres after midday service was a success for Lukyanuk, and when the same Monastero stage in which Basso had made such large gains that same morning was cut short by a crash for Paolo Andreucci, his victory hopes were effectively ended.
 


A three-way battle over third had its largest shake-up on Sunday morning’s second stage. Overnight podium-sitter and ERC Junior Under 28 leader Fabian Kreim was deposed by both Grzegorz Grzyb and Andreucci, conceding 9s and 10.2s respectively to the pair.
 


With no experience to fall back on Kreim was keen to wrap up his class win without becoming involved in a tense battle for an overall podium. It was a good decision.
 


As Grzyb and Andreucci traded faster times, the latter edged to within 2.1s of a podium when disaster struck. He crashed his PEUGEOT 208 T16 with less than one kilometre remaining in stage 13, blocking the road and causing nominal times to be needed for Basso, Grzyb and Kreim behind him on the road.
 


Luckily both he and co-driver David Castiglioni were fine, especially given Andreucci had fractured his lower vertebrae only days earlier in a testing accident.
 


Try as he might Magalhães was unable to lift himself into podium contention despite a clearly stated ambition to do so. His target had been to gain time on Sunday’s two passes of Rocca di Cave, so when the first was cancelled his plans were immediately derailed.



SEAJETS-backed Magalhães’ sixth place became fifth when Andreucci retired but an intermittent power delivery issue the night before meant a podium wasn't possible when he was potentially capable of more.
 


ERC Junior U28 class runner-up Chris Ingram was determined to make amends for a puncture which had cost him on Saturday. He demonstrated his potential with a stage victory, shared with Basso, on SS13.



Ingram took chunk after chunk of time out of fellow Fabia pilot Nordgren throughout Leg Two, eventually surpassing the ŠKODA development driver for sixth with one stage remaining. Though there were not enough kilometres left to catch ERC Junior U28 winner Kreim, Ingram gained close to half a minute across six stages on his championship rival.
 


Nordgren may have finished only seventh but his result came as a direct consequence of a learning-first approach. With little experience on asphalt he was keen to complete every kilometre while gradually building up his speed, conceding that taking a restrained approach this weekend would help him in future rallies. It secured Nordgren his first ERC points, giving the young Finn a solid base to build on.
 


Toksport WRT’s Orhan Avcioğlu had emphasised having a clean, mistake-free rally. Having already scored points this season in a similar fashion, it was a sensible choice of approach. Avcioğlu had moved into the top 10 as others hit trouble and was all set for ninth place despite local entrant Marco Pollara closing him down.
 


Pollara had nearly passed Avcioğlu in stage 14 but overshooting a hairpin forced him to reverse and gave the Turkish driver a 1.3s advantage with only a 650-metre blast around Ostia remaining.



It was so near yet so far for Avcioğlu however, as a handbrake turn gone wrong at one Ostia’s roundabouts sent him into the barriers, costing him nearly seven seconds as he reversed out. This handed Pollara 5.3 seconds, more than enough to snatch ninth place away at the very end and demote Avcioğlu to P10.
 


ERC Junior U28’s Nikolay Gryazin demonstrated what might have been with a Leg Two performance on a par with rally winner Lukyanuk, going fourth fastest across Sunday’s stages and only 15.9s behind pace-setter Campedelli.
 


A trio of top four stage times showed what he was capable of, pushing hard enough that he collided with a tunnel wall at one point without sustaining damage.
 


 Richard Rodgers, photo FIA ERC

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23.07.2018 / MaP

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