MRF in line for 1-2 finish at Queensland Rally

Brisbane, July 13 (IANS) Team MRF were poised for another 1-2 finish as Finland champion Esapekka Lappi (co-driver Janne Ferm) marked his Australian debut by taking a two-minute lead over team-mate Gaurav Gill (Glenn Macneall) on the first day of the International Rally of Queensland here on Saturday.

Jul 13 2013, 9:48am CDT | by

MRF in line for 1-2 finish at Queensland Rally
Photo Credit: Stefan Postles, Getty Images

Brisbane, July 13 — Team MRF were poised for another 1-2 finish as Finland champion Esapekka Lappi (co-driver Janne Ferm) marked his Australian debut by taking a two-minute lead over team-mate Gaurav Gill (Glenn Macneall) on the first day of the International Rally of Queensland here on Saturday.

The 22-year old Lappi, driving a Skoda Fabia S2000, won six of the day's 10 special stages in the third round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship to finish just over two minutes ahead of Gill while Japan's Atsushi Masamura (Akiko Nakagawa) in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, was third.

The rally finishes in the Mary Valley township of Imbil, about two hours' drive north of Brisbane, after a further nine stages Sunday and barring the unexpected the result is likely to be the same as it was Saturday.

"It's not possible to make a challenge, two minutes is too much to make up so we'll just go for maximum points for the team," said Gill who matched Lappi for pace earlier on, but dropped time on the others with, first, a puncture and then two spins.

Gill won the stages that Lappi didn't, but it would have been a closer contest if the two-time Indian champion and 2010 Queensland winner had not suffered an early puncture, then two spins attributed to a broken suspension anti-roll bar and malfunctioning rear differential.

After his mechanics changed the entire differential in less than 10 minutes, Gill twice beat Lappi on the afternoon re-run of the stages.

Gill punctured a tyre barely 6km into the day's longest stage, the 21.22 km Derrier 1, and then fought a poor-handling car through the next two stages to the service break, where a broken anti-roll bar was repaired.

"We had no option but to drive 15 kms to the end of the stage, but I think there was some damage. We had a lot of handling problems then and spun twice on SS6," said Gill.

In fine, warm conditions, Lappi enjoyed a virtually untroubled run, especially after he overcame an initial lack of confidence on the tight forestry roads.

Gill leads the drivers' championship after a win in New Caledonia last month and second in Round one in New Zealand, but the highly-favoured Lappi is lagging in third after failing to finish in New Caledonia.

Under the watchful eye of his mentor, Skoda head of motorsport Michal Hrabanek, visiting this weekend from the Czech Republic, Lappi's goal is to win and earn points at all costs.

Provisional classification (APRC - Leg 1):

Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (MRF, Skoda Fabia S2000) 1 (1hr, 04mins, 25.8secs); Gaurav Gill / Glenn Macneall (MRF, Skoda Fabia S2000) 2 (01:06:26.1); Atsushi Masamura /Akiko Nakagawa (Evo X) 3 (01:12:05.6).

IANS

Source: IANS

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Garoppolo is Impersonating Seattle&#039;s Russell Wilson in Super Bowl Week
Garoppolo is Impersonating Seattle's Russell Wilson in Super Bowl Week
Garoppolo is Impersonating Seattle's Russell Wilson in Super Bowl Week
 
 
Richard Sherman is Hoping His Baby Will Come After Super Bowl XLIX
Richard Sherman is Hoping His Baby Will Come After Super Bowl XLIX
Richard Sherman is Hoping His Baby Will Come After Super Bowl XLIX
 
 
Corey Fuller Could Be Lions&#039; Next Receiver After Johnson and Tate
Corey Fuller Could Be Lions' Next Receiver After Johnson and Tate
Corey Fuller Could Be Lions' Next Receiver After Johnson and Tate
 
 
Charles Woodson to Remain in Oakland Raiders Due to Contract Extension
Charles Woodson to Remain in Oakland Raiders Due to Contract Extension
Charles Woodson to Remain in Oakland Raiders Due to Contract Extension
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Australian researcher discovers first artwork by early human
Sydney, Dec 4 (IANS) An Australian researcher has discovered what is believed to be the first artwork created by a human. The simple zigzag pattern found on a fossilized shell from the Indonesian island of Java has...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Insects compete with rats to clear garbage
New York, Dec 4 (IANS) Insects play a very important role in cleaning up cities and they compete with other pests like rats and pigeons in their endeavour, a study has said. Scientists sampled arthropods - such as...
Read more on Business Balla
 
School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Police officials said the armed men opened fire at the vehicle of Zahid Ali,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said. This increased the toll to 16, including six South Koreans and 10...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing". Lydia Cawson, 29, said that she and her girlfriend were asked by a staff...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Oceans play key role in global 'warming hiatus'
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Increased heat uptake across three oceans - North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and Equatorial Pacific Ocean - is the likely cause of the 'warming hiatus' -- the current decade-long slowdown in...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Novel imaging to identify if TB drugs are working
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Tuberculosis patients who are not cured of the infection can develop multi-drug resistant TB and have to take as many as six drugs for two years. Now, researchers at University of Pittsburgh...
Read more on Business Balla
 
PM makes first appointment to High Court of Australia
Canberra, Dec 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government Thursday appointed former Victorian Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Nettle as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia. Attorney General George...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
18 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 18 suspected militants were killed Thursday in airstrikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in North Waziristan. According to officials, the airstrikes were conducted in...
Read more on Politics Balla