Tidemand extends championship lead with WRC 2 triumph

Tidemand extends championship lead with WRC 2 triumph

Sunday | 11 Oct 2020

Pontus Tidemand’s risk-free method paid off as he claimed victory in WRC 2 on Sunday at Rally Italia Sardegna.

On his first ever go to to the Mediterranean isle, the Swede grabbed the lead late on Friday afternoon and was by no means headed as rivals hit bother.

He steered his Skoda Fabia Rally2 by the end of the ultimate Sassari – Argentiera pace take a look at 28.8sec away from closest challenger Ole Christian Veiby to seal the win and enhance his championship result in 18 factors with simply two rallies remaining.

“I am very comfortable. It isn’t straightforward being the primary R5 automobile on the highway all weekend, however we had a protected technique and adopted it. This is superb for the championship,” Tidemand stated.

Quite the opposite, Veiby’s weekend was removed from drama-free. The 24-year-old was relieved to make the end after his Hyundai i20 R5 took a pounding with three punctures and a damaged damper throughout the rally.

It was a irritating weekend for Tidemand’s closest rival, Mads Ostberg

Skoda man Eyvind Brynildsen was 20.9sec additional again in third, while fellow compatriot Mads Østberg completed fourth.

Østberg, celebrating his thirty third birthday right this moment, haemorrhaged over 5 minutes on Friday when his Citroën C3 R5 solely had rear-wheel drive. Regardless of profitable 10 levels, the time loss was too nice to recuperate and he trailed the chief by 2min 08.3sec on the end.

M-Sport Ford star Adrien Fourmaux began nicely however was pressured to retire his Fiesta with mechanical gremlins on Saturday afternoon, while Russian teenager Nikolay Gryazin suffered the same destiny along with his i20.

Video: Rally Italia Sardegna – WRC 2 Saturday highlights

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