Saturday | 11 Jun 2016

Confusion over WRC 2 standings

Saturday's WRC 2 classification at Rally Italia Sardegna is yet to be confirmed following an incident earlier today that brought a number of competitors to a standstill.

Several drivers were delayed following Lorenzo Bertelli’s crash on the first running of the Monte Lerno stage (SS12).

WRC 2 front-runners Teemu Suninen and Jan Kopecky were two of the crews who stopped at the scene when they were shown an SOS board and they continued the stage non-competitively. However other drivers finished the stage at normal rally speed.

The Clerk of the Course will investigate the circumstances tonight and will confirm the standings before Sunday's final leg.

Before the stage there was drama when overnight leader Umberto Scandola punctured after hitting a rock and dropped to fourth. He later retired with a burst water pipe. That put Skoda's Esapekka Lappi into the lead, but he crashed in SS12 after hitting a hole in the road. 

Other drivers in trouble included Marius Aasen, who retired after SS13 with an oil leak, and Quentin Gilbert who endured a torrid day at the wheel of Citroën's DS 3 and drove the last stage stuck in fourth gear.

Suninen won two of the afternoon's three stages, and was looking good for a clean sweep until he spun on SS14 allowing Kopecky to take the win.

We will bring you the confirmed standings on Sunday morning via the live text service.


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