WRC-2: Easy win for Lappi
Esapekka Lappi cruised to victory in the WRC-2 category in Portugal by the massive margin of 11min 36.5sec in a Skoda Fabia S2000. After winning every stage in the opening two legs, the young Finn eased his pace today. But having restarted with a lead of over four minutes, his advantage soared as second-placed Sepp Wiegand encountered problems. The German dropped nearly 10 minutes in SS13 when his Fabia’s gearbox jammed and he could not select a gear. It promoted Robert Barrable back to second in a Ford Fiesta RRC, with Wiegand in third, more than 15 minutes behind Lappi.
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WRC-3: Bouffier wins after late scare
Thirty-four-year-old Bryan Bouffier put his experience to good use to win the WRC-3 category in Portugal today despite a nervous final few kilometres. It became a battle for survival for the nine Citroen DS3 R3T drivers over the gravel special stages in the hills above the Algarve. The Frenchman, a former winner of the famous Rallye Monte-Carlo, outlasted his rivals to win by 10min 06.6sec. However, Bouffier emerged from the final 52.30km Almodovar stage with a worried look on his face after suffering a transmission problem. Sebastien Chardonnet finished second to retain the championship lead with Quentin Gilbert in third, 25min 51.3sec behind Bouffier.
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