Rovanpera in different league on Saturday
By Adam Hall
17 July 2021
Friday night leader Kalle Rovanpera was quickest out of the blocks on Saturday's first stage stealing over 14 seconds from second-placed Craig Breen. The 20-year-old extended his rally lead to 35.7s at Saturday's midday halt.
Breen wants seat-time
Breen admitted he had no answer to Rovanpera's rapid turn of pace using the scenario to state his need of regular WRC outings. "If I can get in the car more often I could do it every stage," said Breen after SS12.
Overall after SS13
1. Rovanpera / Halttunen 2. Breen / Nagle 3. Neuville / Wydaeghe 4. Ogier / Ingrassia 5. Evans / Martin 6. Suninen / Markkula
1:41:26.5 +35.7 +1:22.0 +1:26.5 +1:49.7 +4:58.4
Ott Tanak returned to the fold under SuperRally regulations on Saturday. The Estonian sneakily arrived late to Stage 12, slotting behind Ogier and Evans who are chasing Hyundai team-mate Neuville. In theory, the move gives the Toyota pair extra road cleaning to do.
The Russian rocket
Alexey Lukyanuk is flying in Estonia. Not only is he leading WRC 3 on his first WRC appearance since 2017 but is also trumping every WRC 2 crew so far. He holds eighth overall half a minute ahead of WRC 2 pacesetter Andreas Mikkelsen.
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