|11/11/2013||Jetsetter Lappi flies to glory on Swiss ERC Finale|
2013 FIA European Rally Championship, round 12 of 12
Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland)
The all-action 2013 FIA European Rally Championship reached its climax in Switzerland this afternoon with rising star Esapekka Lappi underlining his huge potential by winning an action-packed Rallye International du Valais alongside co-driver Janne Ferm.
Lappi began Saturday’s final leg – the longest of the rally at 146.30 kilometres – with an advantage of 43.7s over Andreas Aigner. Although Aigner trimmed Lappi’s lead to 35.7s when the ŠKODA Motorsport ace overshot a junction this morning, the Finn’s tenure of top spot was never truly threatened and he cemented his second ERC victory by going fastest of all on the final stage in his Michelin-shod Fabia Super 2000.
“It's been quite a good two weeks,” said Lappi, who won the China Rally Longyou six days ago. “I never believed I would win here and this is absolutely fantastic. For sure it's special on Tarmac, my first proper win. It's very good to end the season like this. We're improving on Tarmac and this is good for next season. The plan for next year is to do some races with ŠKODA. I have a contract with them and the ERC would be a good option.”
TOP 3 POSITIONS (after 18 stages, 287.84 kilometres)
1 Esapekka Lappi (FIN)/Janne Ferm (FIN) ŠKODA Fabia S2000 3h13m42.8s
2 Olivier Burri (CHE)/André Saucy (CHE) Ford Fiesta RRC +3m28.2s
3 Craig Breen (IRL)/Lara Vanneste (BEL) Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m36.2s
Results and full report http://www.fiaerc.com/events/live/id/13
|11/06/2013||Esapekka Lappi wins in China|
FIA APRC series - Rally China, Longyou, China, November 1st – 3rd
Skoda Motorsport rally driver Esapekka Lappi won the FIA APRC-series rally in China, returning to the top podium after some bad luck in the previous races. Lappi and his co-driver Janne Ferm won the rally by the margin of more than 5 minutes. Despite winning his third race in the six-race series, Lappi did not win the championship due to retirements in all other three races. Lappi’s teammate Gaurav Gill won the FIA APRC championship. They both drive for Skoda MRF-team.
- This whole series has been an awesome experience. All races have been different and we have gained vital experience in all of them. And that is what we came here for. I have to admit, we would have liked to win the championship, but what can you do. One retirement was due to my own mistake and the car broke down twice. The races have been like these great adventures when compared to the ones in Europe, Lappi says with a smile.
- In China the most interesting part was to drive on concrete-covered roads – we have not done that before. Plus the race offered us some other unforgettable moments, too. On one leg there suddenly was an old lady in the middle of the road – in a place where we came full speed on fifth gear. Luckily, both us and the lady got away with a scare, although I don’t even know if she ever noticed us, says Lappi.
Lappi and his factory team Skoda will be racing again next week. Lappi and Ferm fly straight from China to Switzerland to race in the final leg of the FIA ERC series (European Rally Championship). It is driven entirely on tarmac.
Watch a Youtube-video of Lappi’s encounter with the old Chinese lady
Images from China (available for publishing): APSMtv