Sunday | 17 Oct 2021

WRC3: Lindholm secures Spain win

Emil Lindholm rounded out the perfect weekend at Rally RACC - Rally de España by taking the win in WRC3.

Lindholm grabbed the lead on the very first stage and was never-headed in his Škoda Fabia Rally2.

The 14.9sec advantage he opened up on Friday had more than doubled by close of play on Saturday and a clean run over the final four speed tests confirmed his win by 28.5sec from Kajetan Kajetanowicz.

Lindholm had already started the maximum seven rallies before Spain and, as such, entered the rally as co-driver to Reeta Hämäläinen to run within the WRC3 field. Whilst Lindholm did all the driving, the drivers’ championship points will be awarded to Hämäläinen.

“It feels good,” beamed the Finn. “I love the roads in Spain nearly as much as our roads at home. I guess that explains the performance!”

Kajetanowicz spent most of the weekend locked into a dicing duel with home hero Pepe López. The Pole ended Saturday 1.6sec ahead before engine issues forced López into retirement overnight. 

Kajetanowicz moved into the championship lead with one rally to go, however, his main rival Yohan Rossel is still awaiting news regarding an appeal over his EKO Acropolis exclusion. The hearing is scheduled to take place before the season-closing FORUM8 ACI Rally Monza next month. 

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy driver Josh McErlean moved up the order to clinch his first ever WRC3 podium in a Hyundai i20 R5. He was 2min 28.0sec back from Kajetanowicz’s pace, but had 17.0sec in hand over Fabia man Chris Ingram, who suffered a puncture on Saturday.

McErlean netted his maiden podium

Germany’s Armin Kremer was 4min 36.8sec behind Ingram in a Citroën C3 Rally2 and Fabrizio Zaldivar completed the top six. The Paraguayan youngster ended 9min 04.9sec down on the leaders in a Toksport-prepared Škoda.

The relentless roads of Catalunya claimed a number of drivers. Fabian Kreim retired on Friday with mechanical woes on his Polo, whilst Jan Solans and Dominik Stříteský both crashed on Saturday. Miguel Díaz-Aboitiz also stopped just two stages from the end in his Fabia. 

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