Junior WRC in Poland:
Solans stretches lead
Nil Solans extended his lead in the FIA Junior WRC standings during Saturday’s second leg of Orlen 74th Rally Poland.
He won four of the gravel speed tests in a Ford Fiesta R2T to widen his advantage over Swede Dennis Rådström to 40.1sec with one day remaining of this third round.
As the first two-wheel drive car into the special stages, Solans was slowed by the ruts of the wider track cars in front. But, having won the opening two rounds, he is on target to complete a hat-trick.
“It has been frustrating for us in places today as, where there are soft rutted sections, we are losing time as the first two-wheel-drive car on the road,” he said.
“I could feel the car slow down on the straights. But we just kept pushing and got a few more fastest times to take the gap back up again.”
Rådström is more than happy with his pace this weekend and scored another two fastest times to maintain second.
“We were maybe a little too cautious in some places today but it’s still only my third WRC event so we’re still here to learn. I’ve been really happy with the times here and it’s a good feeling that we can be up there near the top again,” he said.
Emil Lindholm held a comfortable third for most of the rally but retired after crashing into a tree in SS16. That mistake let Frenchmen Terry Folb into the final podium place after he also scored two fastest times.
Nicolas Ciamin, Julius Tannert and Dillon Van Way completed the top six.
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