WRC 2 in Germany:
Kopecký takes early lead
Skoda Fabia driver Jan Kopecký led WRC 2 at ADAC Rallye Deutschland after a clean run through Friday’s opening leg.
The title hopeful won the first stage of the day - Stein und Wein - to claim the lead from his Skoda Motorsport team-mate Kalle Rovanperä, who won Thursday night’s short opening test.
Kopecký went on to bag fastest time in this afternoon’s repeat run and the final stage to end the day with a 22.2sec advantage over Citroën privateer Yoann Bonato.
Frenchman Bonato got off to a strong start and was just 1.3sec behind Kopecký after SS3, but he lost two positions after a slow run through SS5.
However, he later benefited from a 40sec penalty for Spain’s Nil Solans, the fastest man through SS6, for arriving four minutes late to the stage start. The added time dropped Solans from second to sixth.
Third was held by Eric Camilli - the Ford Fiesta R5 driver making his first appearance since Rallye Monte-Carlo. A strong run on SS7 - Wadern-Weiskirchen 1 - allowed him to move to just 0.1sec behind Bonato.
Behind the Frenchman is fellow Fiesta driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz. The Pole had a steady day and took advantage of Solans’ penalty to move up to fourth, 14.7sec away from what could be a first WRC podium.
He finished 1.8sec ahead of early leader Rovanperä who was fastest on SS4 today on his first sealed-surface rally in the support category.
Fabio Andolfi had a mixed day on his way to seventh in his Skoda Fabia. He finished 0.2sec behind Solans after top five times on SS5 and SS6 were undone by a lack of pace during the rest of the leg.
Gus Greensmith was fifth before a broken driveshaft on his Ford Fiesta in the penultimate stage hampered his early pace. Also encountering problems was Pierre-Louis Loubet who bent a rear axle.
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