Junior WRC in France:
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Terry Folb headed a French 1-2 in the FIA Junior WRC after Friday’s opening leg at the Corsica linea - Tour de Corse.
He led Jean Baptiste Franceschi by 10.9sec after an abridged day’s action in the mountains in the north of the Mediterranean island.
The opening speed test was cancelled for the junior drivers following an incident involving an earlier competitor, but Folb stamped his authority on the 14-strong field by winning the next two special stages.
He had to give second best to Franceschi in the finale but the two Ford Fiesta R2 drivers returned to the Bastia service park tonight with a handsome advantage over their rivals.
The fight for third was a tight affair. Emil Bergqvist was 38.6sec adrift of Franceschi in the final podium place, with Callum Devine 8.1sec further back and opening round winner Dennis Rådström another 1.5sec adrift. Estonia’s Ken Torn completed the top six.
Julius Tannert endured a tough day on his favoured surface. The German crashed into a ditch in SS2 and more than nine minutes drifted by before he was back on the move.
Luca Bottarelli dropped time with an afternoon puncture and Emilio Fernandez yielded three minutes when damaging the front bumper and intercooler in SS3.
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