Saturday | 14 Nov 2015

Veiby extends Junior WRC lead

Ole Christian Veiby tamed wild and wet conditions to extend his FIA Junior WRC lead to more than three minutes in Saturday's second leg of Wales Rally GB.

The 19-year-old Norwegian incurred a 40sec penalty overnight and his lead slipped below two minutes after this morning's second stage. But Veiby was always in control and lifted his advantage to 3min 18.6sec by the end of the day in a DS 3 R3-MAX.

"I enjoyed the stages with all the mud and the rain. The most important thing was to make it through this very long and hard day. There are four more stages to go so we need to keep focused," said Veiby.

Junior debutant Chris Ingram won two stages to retain second, but there was disappointment for third-placed William Wagner who retired with a broken gearbox mounting.

Terry Folb took third, more than 11 minutes behind Ingram, despite electrical problems. Pierre-Louis Loubet won four stages to recover to fourth after crashing yesterday, with Simone Tempestini and Wagner completing the top six. Mohammed Al Mutawaa went out after crashing.

All Junior WRC drivers are also registered for WRC 3, which Veiby leads from Ingram, with Fabio Andolfi third a further 51.6sec back. Quentin Gilbert, who led yesterday until retiring with a broken water pump belt, climbed back to fourth.

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