Gus Greensmith steered clear of trouble to lead WRC 2 Pro at Rally Turkey on Saturday night and carry a comfortable lead of more than a minute into Sunday’s final leg.
The Briton trailed Jan Kopecký by more than 70sec at today’s midpoint before the Czech stopped to change a damaged tyre in the afternoon’s opening abrasive and rocky speed test.
It cost more than two minutes, allowing Greensmith into a lead which he successfully managed through the final two special stages in his Ford Fiesta. He leads the Skoda Fabia driver by 1min 00.7sec.
“It’s been a much better day for us today. We took a bit of a gamble this afternoon with only one spare tyre and just pushed as much as we could which really paid off,” he said.
Kalle Rovanperä returned to the fray after yesterday’s retirement and won four of the six stages in his Fabia. His penalties for stopping early yesterday mean he is almost 30 minutes off the lead.
Kajetan Kajetanowicz preserved his three-minute advantage in WRC 2 after a much quieter day in the category than yesterday.
The Pole won three stages in his Fabia and heads teenage Bolivian Marco Bulacia by 3min 06.7sec as he chases a maiden category win which would send him top of the standings.
Fabio Andolfi is more than six minutes adrift of Bulacia in third, after stopping to change a puncture on his Fabia in this afternoon’s opening test.
Henning Solberg, Burak Çukurova and Gaurav Gill, who returned to action after retiring yesterday with broken steering on his Fiesta, completed the top six. It wasn’t a clean day for Gill who survived two punctures, before being hindered by a broken damper in the penultimate stage.
Diego Salvi was the day’s major casualty, retiring his Fabia from fourth this morning.