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Bonato Clings to Narrow Lead Over Franceschi

03/05/2024

As the Rally Islas Canarias approaches its climax, the competition intensifies with French driver Yoann Bonato barely holding onto his lead, a mere 0.3 seconds ahead of compatriot Mathieu Franceschi. The rally, famed for its challenging tarmac stages and stunning Canary Island scenery, has not disappointed, offering plenty of drama and tightly contested racing.

Current Standings after SS7
1. Yoann Bonato (FRA) 59min 29.2sec
2. Mathieu Franceschi (FRA) +0.3sec
3. Hayden Paddon (NZL) +12.1sec
4. Diego Ruiloba (ESP) +17.2sec
5. Jose Antonio Suarez (ESP) +21.3sec
6. Jon Armstrong (IRL) +22.6sec

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Day Highlights
– Hayden Paddon found his stride in the afternoon, securing a solid third place thanks to vital team adjustments.
– Franceschi closed the gap on Bonato with a powerful performance in SS7, signaling a potential lead change in the rally’s final stages.
– Diego Ruiloba and Jose Antonio Suarez remain in contention, each putting in strong performances to stay within striking distance of the podium.
– Jon Armstrong and Miko Marczyk continue to press for top positions, aiming to capitalize on any slip-ups by the leaders.

Driver Comments
– Neubauer expressed his gradual adaptation to the rally’s pace after years away from the championship.
– Palomo improved throughout the day and is eager for the challenges of tomorrow.
– Sesks reflected on a tough day, maintaining a balance between learning and competing.

As the rally moves into its decisive stages, all eyes will be on Bonato and Franceschi, whose fierce rivalry is set to define this year’s edition of the Rally Islas Canarias. Fans can look forward to a thrilling conclusion to what has already been a spectacular display of rally driving.