Sunday | 22 May 2016

Tempestini triumphs in Junior WRC opener

Simone Tempestini completed a determined recovery from brake problems to win the opening round of the Junior WRC at Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Sunday afternoon.

The Italian’s opening leg lead was wiped out when a leaking brake pipe left him trailing Martin Koci by 1min 40sec. But a charging fightback brought him back into contention by Saturday night and it was Koci’s turn to suffer disappointment today.
 
The Slovakian damaged his Citroën DS 3 R3’s front suspension in the opening stage to allow Tempestini back in front. This time there were no problems and Tempestini headed home Koci by 36.3sec.
 
“Conditions were hard for the car and crew but our pace notes were perfect,” said Tempestini. “I thought it wouldn’t finish well but I never gave up and this is a great start to the championship. We came here with the target to win and although we had problems with the brake pipe we came back to achieve that.”
 
Terry Folb finished third, just 10.2sec behind Koci with Vincent Dubert fourth. Ole Christian Veiby claimed fifth while Fréderic Hauswald overhauled Romain Martel to complete the top six.

Junior Championship drivers also filled the top three positions in the FIA WRC 3 class in Portugal. With scores on four rounds this season, France's Michel Fabre continues to head the WRC 3 standings.

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