Kalle Rovanperä managed his WRC 2 lead throughout ‘super Saturday’ at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB to end with a 1m 03.1sec advantage over Skoda Motorsport team-mate Pontus Tidemand.
The Fabia R5 driver took five of the nine stage wins available, despite declaring his focus was on a clean run, rather than risking what would be his second career victory in the WRC’s support category.
Tidemand took a pair of victories on the Mid-Wales tests but chose to strengthen his hold on second and bank as many points as possible in his title battle with team-mate Jan Kopecký - who is skipping Wales.
Gus Greensmith started on a positive note as he won the Myherin test in his Ford Fiesta R5, but a spin in the morning on the slippery Dyfi test cost him 21.3sec. He ended third, 45.5sec behind Tidemand.
Fourth went to Jari Huttunen as the Hyundai development driver took advantage of Stéphane Lefebvre damaging a wheel on the first pass of the Sweet Lamb Hafren test, which dropped the Citroën C3 R5 driver to fifth.
Hyundai i20 R5 driver Pierre-Louis Loubet finished the leg in sixth. The Frenchman struggled on the wet and muddy gravel tracks in the morning and although he clung on to his position, he ended almost five minutes off the lead.
Nil Solans failed to finish for the second day in a row as he was caught out by the slippery conditions and stranded his Fiesta in a ditch on Dyfi 1. Also retiring was Ole Christian Veiby, who hit a stone and broke his Citroën’s suspension on SS15 - Myherin 2.
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