Saturday | 14 Nov 2015

Camilli fights off Suninen challenge in WRC 2

Eric Camilli held off a fierce challenge from Teemu Suninen to lead WRC 2 after Saturday's second leg of Wales Rally GB.

He revelled in the mud and rain on his event debut to win the final four special stages and increase his lead to 35.0sec. Suninen had earlier slashed the deficit to less than four seconds after two wins of his own.

Water running down the inside of his Ford Fiesta R5's windscreen hindered Camilli in the rain-soaked forest stages, and he also lost seconds with a spin. But having widened his advantage over Suninen to 15sec, he more than doubled it with a stunning drive in darkness in the final wind-lashed test.

"It's a good lead to take into tomorrow. The conditions were tough, but I like the weather, the mud and the water," said Camilli, whose car carried a black line through the French flags on his car's rear side windows in respect to his countrymen who died in the tragic events in Paris last night.

Suninen's Skoda Fabia S2000 was 1min 39.5sec clear of former leader Craig Breen, who recovered from seventh following yesterday's puncture. Breen won one stage but another puncture and a broken damper in the final two night tests slowed the Irishman.

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari drove the same tests with only rear-wheel drive in his Fiesta RRC, but the Qatari held fourth ahead of Jaroslaw Koltun and Nicolas Fuchs. Peruvian Fuchs had a damaged steering arm in the last two stages.

Eyvind Brynildsen retired his Fabia R5 with a broken rear driveshaft, Valeriy Gorban stopped and Yuriy Protasov did his chances of securing the runner-up spot no good when he crashed.

Joan Carchat retained the lead of the Production Cup within WRC 2 despite a final stage rear puncture.

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