Runaway Canarias win for Lukyanuk
- 7th May 2017, 11:04pm
Overcoming late-rally disappointments on recent ERC events, Russian driver Alexei Lukyanuk dominated the all-asphalt Canarias Rally, winning by nearly a minute.
He led home fellow Fiesta R5 driver, the reigning champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz.
Leading Under 28 Junior was Jose Maria Lopez (Peugeot Rally Academy 208T16) and best Under 27 Junior driver was Chris Ingram (Opel Adam R2).
Still leading the championship is Bruno Magalhaes (Fabia R5) who had been challenging hard for second place.
Although the weather was mainly fine, there were an inordinate number of dramatic accidents. Before the rally started, Lucasz Habaj spun his car head-on into a road face, then Tomasz Kasperczyk had an extraordinary escape when he left the road, being stopped from falling a long way down by a guardrail holding the car back, even though wheels were already suspended over the edge.
Jan Cerny rolled down a hill over the top of a guardrail, and Sergio Vallejo impacted a tree.
PROVISIONAL TOP 10 POSITIONS (after 12 stages, 207.29 kilometres)
1 Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS)/Alexey Arnautov (RUS) Ford Fiesta R5 2h05m51.8s
2 Kajetan Kajetanowicz (POL)/Jarek Baran (POL) Ford Fiesta R5 +57.2s
3 Bruno Magalhães (PRT)/Hugo Magalhães (PRT) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +1m03.6s
4 Iván Ares (ESP)/José Pintor (ESP) Hyundai i20 R5 +1m15.4s
5 Luis Monzón (ESP)/José Carlos Deniz (ESP) Ford Fiesta R5 +1m28.7s
6 José María López (ESP)/Borja Rozada (ESP) Peugeot 208 T16 +1m33.8s
7 Cristian García (ESP)/Eduardo Gonzalez (ESP) Ford Fiesta R5 +1m41.4s
8 Sylvain Michel (FRA)/Jérôme Degout (FRA) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +1m43.7s
9 Bryan Bouffier (FRA)/Denis Giraudet (FRA) Ford Fiesta R5 +2m23.2s
10 Marijan Griebel (DEU)/Stefan Kopczyk (DEU) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +1m34.4s +2m37.1s
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