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Russian Alexey Lukyanuk is fastest throughout the first full day of the Rally di Roma Capitale as international rallying returned overnight.
Lukyanuk won all six stages in his Citroen C3 R5, setting himself up for a strong overnight lead.
“It’s going really nice, no push really controlling the pace,” Lukyanuk explained.
“I’m happy with the day, it looks like we did quite a good job in every stage. The package is working.
"The feeling is quite okay and I would say I am more or less relaxed inside. It looks like this period of quarantine was not affecting me so much,” he added.
Italian Giandomenico Basso finished the day in second, 34.1 seconds behind Lukyanuk, with Oliver Solberg an impressive third overall despite losing his glasses.
“It was difficult because you don’t see some stuff and the main problem is I can’t judge distances without glasses on one eye so that can be difficult,” said the flying 18-year-old.
“My father found them but someone had run over them so I had to drive without them.
"I am taking it easy with no risks at all, trying to learn as much as possible about tyre management and to understand the whole Tarmac concept basically. But the times are quite good and it’s more than I expected from my side,” he concluded.
An intense three-way battle for fourth sees Simone Tempestini, Fabian Kreim and Craig Breen just 5.3 seconds apart.
Breen, running on MRF tarmac tyres for the first time, is well within striking distance of a podium as he comes to grips with the Indian brand's new offering.
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