SKODA crews win WRC2 and WRC3 at Rally Estonia
Mikkelsen and co-driver Fløene survived a heart-stopping moment, when their ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo landed heavily on its nose after a jump. During the second leg, Østberg fought back, but Mikkelsen always had an answer, cleverly managing his lead.
On the first stage of final day of the rally, they briefly went off the road, lost seven seconds and the third position in the WRC2 category. Rally Estonia marked the world championship premiere at the wheel of a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo for reigning FIA European Rally Champions Alexey Lukyanuk. By posting fastest WRC3 time on every single stage during legs 1 and 2, Lukyanuk won the category. Although he rolled his ŠKODA in the last special stage, he managed to finish the rally in eighth position overall. Second place in WRC3 went to Kajetan Kajetanowicz and co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak in another ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo. With second place, he closed the gap to category overall leader Yohan Rossel, who skipped Rally Estonia. In the WRC3 category result, Lukyanuk and Kajetanowicz were followed by seven more ŠKODA crews. “I’m very proud of our customer crews, who took the first nine places in WRC3 at Rally Estonia,” commented Michal Hrabánek, Head of ŠKODA Motorsport.
Result Rally Estonia (WRC2)
1. Mikkelsen/Fløene (NOR/NOR), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 3:01:59.0 hrs. 2. Østberg/Eriksen (NOR/NOR), Citroën C3 Rally2, +16.7 sec. 3. Bulacia/Der Ohannesian (BOL/ARG), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +28.6 sec. 4. Fourmaux/Jamoul (FRA/FRA), Ford Fiesta Rally2, +56.1 sec. 5. Kristensson/Arhusiander (SWE/SWE), Ford Fiesta Rally2, +5:00.4 min.
Championship Standings WRC2/Drivers (after 7 rounds)
1. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 98 points 3. Marco Bulacia (BOL), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, 82 points
Result Rally Estonia (WRC3)
2. Kajetanowicz/Szczepaniak (POL/POL), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +3:15.9 min. 3. Heikkilä/Luhtinen (FIN/FIN), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +4:14.4 min. 4. Lopéz/Odriozola (ESP/ESP), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +4:57.9 min. 5. Jeets/Toom (EST/EST), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +7:17.7 min. 6. Jurkevičius/Paliukėnas (LIT/LIT), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +9:58.5 min. 7. Zaldivar/Del Barrio (PAR/ESP), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +10:08.2 min. 8. Fernández/Garcia (CHL/ARG), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +24:16.6 min. 9. Diaz-Aboitiz/Sanjuan de Eusebio (ESP/ESP), ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, +35:00.0 min.
Championship Standings WRC3/Drivers (after 7 rounds)
1. Yohan Rossel (FRA), Citroën C3 Rally2, 98 points 3. Nicolas Ciamin (FRA), Citroën C3 Rally2, 57 points
2021 FIA World Rally Championship
Arctic Rally Finland powered by CapitalBox 26 – 28 February Rally Croatia 22 – 25 April Vodafone Rally Portugal 20 – 23 May Rally Italia Sardegna 3 – 6 June Safari Rally Kenya 24 – 27 June Rally Estonia 15 – 18 July Renties Ypres Rally Belgium 13 – 15 August Acropolis Rally Greece 9 – 12 September Rally Finland 30 September – 3 October RallyRACC Rally de España 14 – 17 October Rally Japan 11 –14 November
Jul 20, 2021 at 16:58