|07/21/2014||Lappi finished fifth in Estonia to extend his lead in the FIA ERC|
The ŠKODA drivers picked up valuable championship points at the high-speed Rally Estonia. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN) finished in fifth place at the seventh race of the season in the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), which sees them extend their lead in the overall standings. Their closest rivals are brand mates from the team ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland: Sepp Wiegand/Frank Christian (D/D) finished seventh in the factory Fabia Super 2000 and are in second place in the championship.
“It really was an incredibly fast rally. We pretty much drove in sixth gear the whole time. I'm not even used to that in my Finnish home town,” said Esapekka Lappi. “To keep up with the 'local heroes' we had to take even more risks in some difficult conditions. At the end of the tenth special stage, for example, it was raining so much that we could hardly see anything. Looking at the ERC overall standings, it was sensible not to take any unnecessary risks. The positive is that we have extended our lead in the championship ahead of the ŠKODA home rally in Zlín.”
The next ERC race takes place from 29 to 31 August in ŠKODA's home country of the Czech Republic.
PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION after 7 / 11:
1. Lappi & Ferm 118
2. Wiegand 78
3. Breen 70
Rally Estonia – final results
1. Tänak/Mõlder (EST/EST, Ford Fiesta R5) 1h 49m 36.4s
2. Lukyanuk/Arnautov (RUS/RUS, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) + 47.1s
3. Kõrge/Pints (EST/EST, Ford Fiesta R5) + 55.4s
4. Aus/Koskinen (EST/EST, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) + 2m 11.7s
5. Lappi/Ferm (FIN/FIN, ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000) + 2m 17.2s
6. Kruuda/Järveoja (FIN/FIN, Peugeot 208 T16) + 2m 56.8s
7. Wiegand/Christian (D/D, ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000) + 3m 24.1s
8. Murakas/Adler (FIN/FIN, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) + 3m 41.8s
9. Chardonnet/De La Haye (F/F, Citroën DS3 R5) + 4m 27.7s
10. Sohlberg/Flythström (FIN/FIN, Ford Fiesta R5) + 5m 59.0s
|06/23/2014||Esapekka Lappi skidded off the road and was forced to retire|
ERC leader Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm was lucky things didn’t turn out worse. The Finnish duo started the final day of the rally in third place and clocked the fastest time on the eighth special stage on Saturday morning. However, shortly afterwards, on the “Vleteren-Krombeke 1” stage, Lappi skidded off the road in a right-hander and was forced to retire.
- A stupid mistake, which cost us a place on the podium and important points in the championship, said Esapekka Lappi.
- It just goes to show that this rally does not forgive even the slightest mishap. Janne and I feel incredibly bad for the team – our guys once again did a perfect job, but we have to apologise to them this time, said young Finnish rallydriver.
Despite the retire, Lappi continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship.
The next round of the European Rally Championship takes place from 17th to 19th July in Estonia.
1. Loix/Gitsels (B/B, ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000) 2h 43m 13.7s
2. Cherain/Leyh (B/B, Ford Fiesta R5) + 1m 09.9s
3. Wiegand/Christian (D/D, ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000) + 2m 14.2s
1. Lappi & Ferm 103
2. Breen 70
3. Wiegand 70
4. Gryazin 53
5. Kajetanowicz 48