WRC 2 in Germany:
Rovanperä takes the lead
Finland's Kalle Rovanperä led the WRC 2 category of ADAC Rallye Deutschland at the end of an action-packed Saturday in which a number of his rivals struck trouble.
On his first sealed-surface rally in the support category, Skoda Motorsport driver Rovanperä ended the leg with a 2.9sec lead over fellow Fabia pilot Fabio Andolfi.
Andolfi led briefly but a slow time in the final speed test dropped him behind the young Finn.
Overnight leader Jan Kopecký's early advantage was undone on SS9 when he stopped to change a wheel and plunged to eighth place. However, an impressive run of six stage wins in a row moved him back up to third, just 5.9sec off the lead.
Kajetan Kajetanowicz ended the day fourth in his Ford Fiesta R5. The European champion ran as high as second after the first run of Panzerplatte, but he slipped back in the afternoon loop.
German champion Fabian Kreim, making his first support category start in 2018, held fifth after a steady run through the longest day of the rally. He was 23.8sec ahead of Nicolas Ciamin in sixth.
Yoann Bonato had a difficult day in his Citroën C3 R5. Starting the day third, he dropped to 15th after changing a wheel on Panzerplatte. He later retired with a technical issue on the second run of the test.
His Citroën Racing team-mate Stéphane Lefebvre also had difficulties. Lying ninth overnight, he moved up to second before suspension damage relegated him back to ninth again.
Eric Camilli took the lead after Kopecký's early issues, but he failed to finish the day after an alternator problem with his Ford Fiesta before the start of SS14. Alternator problems also led to the retirement of Jari Huttunen, who was fifth in a Hyundai i20, at the end of SS13.
The attrition continued for Ford Fiesta drivers Gus Greensmith and Nil Solans. Greensmith retired on the second run of Panzerplatte. The Brit was 13th after driveshaft issues on Friday, but was battling a painful injury after he broke his thumb trying to repair his Fiesta's differential on Friday. Solans also retired, crashing out from 14th place on SS9.
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