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Rally Poland Day2: Mikkelsen Leads over Rovanpera

28/06/2024

The Orlen 80th Rally Poland has seen its second day of intense competition come to a close, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion. With drivers pushing their limits, navigating challenging stages, and vying for crucial points, here’s a look at the day’s highlights and standings.

Current Standings After SS8:

  1. Andreas Mikkelsen – 59:43.7
  2. Kalle Rovanperä – +1.8
  3. Elfyn Evans – +2.0
  4. Adrien Fourmaux – +7.5
  5. Mārtiņš Sesks – +7.7
  6. Grégoire Munster – +21.3

The day began with a sense of anticipation as drivers took to the stages, each vying to make their mark. Andreas Mikkelsen, leading the charge, showcased a blend of skill and strategy. His steady performance kept him at the top, but the competition was fierce.

Kalle Rovanperä, just 1.8 seconds behind, demonstrated remarkable resilience. “It’s okay. We would have needed to make up the seconds to Elfyn on the previous stage because now it won’t affect the starting place tomorrow. It has been a really tiring and long day and we did a good job in the situation we are in,” he reflected.

Elfyn Evans, holding third place, echoed a sentiment of cautious optimism. “It was an okay day out there, some stages not perfect but an overall solid day. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow,” he stated, keeping an eye on the finish line.

Adrien Fourmaux, with his characteristic enthusiasm, was pleased with his performance but noted the challenges ahead. “I’m happy with our day. It is a shame that three drivers have done all the stages. It is not nice for the fans. I hope tomorrow some spectators can be more cautious and we can have a nice day tomorrow. [Sesks] has already done this rally three times and he was really fast, let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Mārtiņš Sesks, enjoying his time on the gravel, kept the competition tight. “It was a great day, we’re still enjoying. Training day [tomorrow] again!” he exclaimed.

Grégoire Munster, despite facing some hurdles, remained optimistic. “We had our best stage times where we were second fastest. We would prefer to be a bit higher up the ranking but it’s surely not a bad day.”

The day was not without its dramas. Thierry Neuville faced a challenging course but maintained his championship lead. “It was a challenging day, to be honest. One of those days where you ask yourself ‘why?’. It is what it is. We are happy to be in the lead of the championship. We have to open the road, and when you see other drivers go faster than you, it is frustrating. We did all we could today, one mistake cost us 2.0sec but other than that it’s fine.”

Takamoto Katsuta found the conditions tough but stayed determined. “It was super slippery, went fast around a corner and went 90 degrees flat out. I’m a bit surprised, I was quite okay. Today I was struggling a lot, changed my head and set up as well. Keep it going and keep flat out.”

In the WRC2 category, Oliver Solberg faced his own set of challenges. “It has been a very frustrating and difficult day. At least in here, it was good enough. It was so slippery this morning being first out of the Rally2 cars, lost a lot of confidence. We are a long way off but I’ve caught up before and we have to do it again.”

Sami Pajari, leading overnight, expressed his satisfaction. “It has been a very good day for us. I believe we are now leading overnight, and it is going really well.”

As the sun sets on day two, the anticipation for tomorrow’s stages builds. Join us from 08:00 AM local time as the drivers continue their quest for glory at the Orlen 80th Rally Poland. Stay tuned for more updates and live coverage. #WRC #RallyPoland #Motorsport