WRC-2: Lappi pulls clear
Esapekka Lappi continued to dominate the WRC-2 category in Portugal by winning all six stages today to extend his lead to more than four minutes in a Skoda Fabia S2000. The young Finn has won all 11 stages so far and such is his pace that he lies eighth overall. But it proved another frustrating day for Robert Kubica in his Citroen DS3 RRC.
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WRC-3: Bouffier leads after drama
A deep river crossing turned the WRC-3 category upside down this morning when the water ended the victory hopes of the drivers who filled the top two places last night. The Citroen DS3 R3Ts of Keith Cronin and Alastair Fisher both stopped in the 100 metre-long crossing in SS7 when their cars ingested water. While Fisher restarted after an 18-minute delay, category leader Cronin retired. Experienced Bryan Bouffier survived unscathed and put all his knowledge to good use to climb from fourth to lead by 7min 49.6sec in a DS3 R3T.
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Junior WRC Championship: Round one victory for Tidemand
Sweden's Pontus Tidemand won the opening round of the 2013 FIA Junior WRC Championship at Rally de Portugal today in a Ford Fiesta R2. He took the lead on yesterday’s second stage and never looked back, clocking five stage wins as he came home 2min 26.9sec ahead of Spain’s Jose Suarez. Canary Islander Yeray Lemes took the last podium place.
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