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09/02/2014 ERC leader Lappi picks up valuable championship points

FIA ERC Barum Rally, Zlin 29-31.8.2014

Lappi, who didn't make it to the end of the day on Saturday after a mistake, and his co-driver Janne Ferm won three of the six special stages on Sunday and finished third in the day's standings. This saw him pick up five points for the ERC overall standings.

- We successfully managed to limit the damage on Sunday. Many thanks to the ŠKODA team of mechanics who repaired our Fabia Super 2000 to make it as good as new, said Lappi.

FIA ERC Standings after 8/11
1. Lappi & Ferm 123
2. Wiegand 104
3. Breen 70

07/21/2014 Lappi finished fifth in Estonia to extend his lead in the FIA ERC

FIA ERC Rally Estonia 17.-19.7.2014

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.

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​​​