Černý in the frame for first ERC Junior Under 28 win
Fortune might finally favour the largely thus far luckless Jan Černý after the ACCR Czech Team driver reached the overnight halt leading the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship section of Rally di Roma Capitale.
Černý heads newcomer Stéphane Consani and the delayed Nikolay Gryazin, who was four minutes late leaving mid-leg service while his ŠKODA’s faulty transmission was replaced.
Peugeot Rally Academy pair José Suárez and Pepe López failed to get beyond SS2 and SS4 respectively thanks to a crash and a mechanical failure. The Spaniards will restart on leg two.
Consani’s day was also far from trouble-free: a power issue slowed him on SS2 and required the Frenchman to momentarily stop for a system reset, before set-up issues led to a frustrating run through SS5 for the championship newcomer.