Huttunen, Ingram, Mareš in close battle ERC Junior Under 27 battle, Zawada out
Jari Huttunen leads factory Opel team-mate Chris Ingram by 0.6s after a charging run through SS5 gave him the edge in FIA ERC Junior Under 27 in his ADAM R2 on Rally di Roma Capitale.
Filip Mareš is third, 6.9s behind Huttunen in his ACCR Czech Team Peugeot with Karel Kupec, Kristóf Klausz and Tamara Molinaro completing the top six.
Domink Brož is seventh after being slowed this morning by an injector issue. Catie Munnings is eighth but Sébastien Bedoret’s frustrations were compounded when he crashed out on today’s penultimate stage. Having been hampered by a clutch issue on Rome’s opening test, a gear selection fault caused further frustration for the Belgian before his stage-five accident forced his early exit.
Aleks Zawada started Rally di Roma Capitale with a three-point advantage over Ingram. However, a mechanical problem three kilometres into SS2 put him out. “It’s drivetrain-related but I’m not sure if it’s engine or gearbox,” said Zawada shortly after stopping. “Having done all the work and preparation the chance of the championship has been ripped out of my fingertips so I’m pretty distraught. But this is the sport. It’s not the first or last time it will happen like this.”