Rovanperä tops Rally Estonia Shakedown ahead of Tänak

Rovanperä tops Rally Estonia Shakedown ahead of Tänak

Kalle Rovanperä topped the timesheets in this morning’s shakedown stage ahead of Rally Estonia. Home hero Ott Tänak set the second fastest time, half a second off Rovanperä’s pace.

Rovanperä and Tänak both completed three runs through the 6.23 km long Abissaare stage. Podium finisher last time out in Safari Rally Kenya, Takamoto Katsuta, clocked the third fastest time in his fourth run, just a tenth of a second behind Tänak.

Elfyn Evans was fourth fastest, 1.1s off Rovanperä’s time and 0.9s faster than championship leader Sébastien Ogier. Thierry Neuville set the sixth fastest time, just a tenth behind Ogier and half a second in front of his Hyundai team-mate Craig Breen.

Teemu Suninen was fourth fastest at the halfway point point, but didn’t do any runs afterwards, dropping him to P8 in shakedown. Gus Greensmith ends shakedown in ninth, 1.1s behind his team-mate and 1.4s ahead of Pierre-Louis Loubet who concluded the top 10.

Oliver Solberg set the eleventh fastset time overall and was the fastest non WRC-driver. Double ERC-champion Alexey Lukyanuk, competing in WRC3 this weekend, was the second fastest Rally2 car, 0.3s behind Solberg. Mads Østberg set the third fastest RC2-time in shakedown, 0.4s off Solberg’s pace.

SS1 starts this evening with the 1.64 km long Super Special Stage in Tartu.

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WRC Rally Estonia 2021 Shakedown results

#DriversCarTime / Diff. to 1st
1.Rovanperä / HalttunenToyota Yaris WRC2:51.1
2.Tänak / JärveojaHyundai i20 Coupé WRC+0.5
3.Katsuta / BarrittToyota Yaris WRC+0.6
4.Evans / MartinToyota Yaris WRC+1.1
5.Ogier / IngrassiaToyota Yaris WRC+2.0
6.Neuville / WydaegheHyundai i20 Coupé WRC+2.1
7.Breen / NagleHyundai i20 Coupé WRC+2.6
8.Suninen / MarkkulaFord Fiesta WRC+3.5
9.Greensmith / PattersonFord Fiesta WRC+4.6
10.Loubet / Haut-LabourdetteHyundai i20 Coupé WRC+6.0

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