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Martin Koci Dominates In Finland
Posted by: newsla on Aug 03, 2014 - 05:31 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Martin Koci Dominates In Finland


Nine crews lined up at the start of Rally Finland after Christian Riedemann was forced to withdraw with tendonitis. Martin Koci got off to a flying start on the very first stage, held on Thursday afternoon, finishing ahead of Alastair Fisher and Stéphane Lefebvre. The Slovakian extended his lead on Jouhtikylä and Lankamaa 2 before Lefebvre hit back with the fastest time on Harju.

 

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At the end of day one, Martin Koci already held a lead of almost half a minute over Stéphane Lefebvre. Quentin Giordano rounded off the top three, a minute back, ahead of Simone Tempestini, Kornel Lukacs, Molly Taylor and Federico Della Casa. Alastair Fisher (gearbox) and Aron Domzala (accessory drive belt) didn’t make it to the end of the day.

On Friday, Martin Koci picked up where he had left off on Thursday, with three consecutive stage wins, whilst the championship leader Stéphane Lefebvre went off on SS7. With an overall lead in excess of a minute, the Slovakian was able to start controlling his pace, allowing Alastair Fisher – who had rejoined under Rally2 rules – to show his turn of speed. Kornel Lukacs went off in the morning, spelling the end of his rally.

Although Koci remained the clear leader, Simone Tempestini continued to push and grabbed second position from Quentin Giordano on SS11. At the end of day two, Martin Koci was over two minutes ahead of Tempestini and Giordano. Federico Della Casa and Molly Taylor rounded off the top five.

Despite being a long way back in the overall standings, Alastair Fisher and Stéphane Lefebvre lit up the third day, as they shared the stage wins. Only Simone Tempestini managed to muscle in on the battle at the front, but he went off when running in second position.

Taking advantage of Federico Della Casa’s retirement, Molly Taylor moved up into third place overall behind Martin Koci and Quentin Giordano.

Martin Koci reached the end of day three more than a minute ahead of Giordano on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, Molly Taylor lost time due to a damaged wheel rim on SS22, allowing Alastair Fisher to narrow the gap to third place.

However, the short final leg saw no significant changes to the standings. Martin Koci went on to win ahead of Quentin Giordano and Molly Taylor. After rejoining under Rally2 rules, Alastair Fisher, Simone Tempestini, Aron Domzala, Stéphane Lefebvre and Federico de la Casa completed the final standings.

Stéphane Lefebvre remains in first place in the FIA Junior WRC standings, four points ahead of Martin Koci. Quentin Giordano and Alastair Fisher come next, 22 and 26 points behind the leader. In the Nations Trophy, France continues to top the standings, ahead of Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Rally Finland also saw the Finnish pair of Teemu Suninen and Juha-Pekka Jauhiainen win the WRC3 category in their DS3 R3.

The next event will be held on tarmac roads at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland on 21-24 August.

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Martin Koci: “We had been quick in Portugal and in Poland. I had been really looking forward to this rally. Everything went perfectly throughout the four days. We were quick but managed to stay out of trouble on the stages. Congratulations to the entire team. Winning here in Finland is very important for the championship. Now we’ll be turning our attention to the upcoming rounds on tarmac!”

Quentin Giordano: “Finishing as runner-up is a great result. For my first Rally Finland, my goal was to make it to the end. I knew I had to avoid making any mistakes if I was to acquire as much experience as possible and have a hope of scoring big points. We ran our own race and that paid dividends. We also benefitted from the experience of our team who helped us achieve this result.”

Molly Taylor: “It’s a dream come true to finish on the podium here. We certainly weren‘t expecting this outcome after what we went through on Friday and Saturday. Despite the punctures, we kept on fighting. I knew we had the potential to be in the top five on the stages and that a podium finish was possible. I always love driving on these roads. It’s really enjoyable to race here.”

FINAL PROVISIONAL OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Martin Koci / Lukas Kostka 3:31:59.7
2. Quentin Giordano / Valentin Sarreaud +1:20.1
3. Molly Taylor / Sebastian Marshall +15:16.0
4. Alastair Fisher / Gordon Noble +15:50.4
5. Simone Tempestini / Dorin Pulpea +17:15.3
6. Aron Domzala / Przemyslaw Zawada +19:49.2
7. Stéphane Lefebvre / Thomas Dubois +34:02.4
8. Federico Della Casa / Domenico Pozzi +46:26.6

FASTEST TIMES

Stéphane Lefebvre, 12 – Martin Koci and Alastair Fisher, 6 – Quentin Giordano and Simone Tempestini, 1.

LEADERS

SS1 to SS23 (finish): Martin Koci

FIA JUNIOR WRC STANDINGS (3/6)

1. Stéphane Lefebvre 56 points
2. Martin Koci 52 points
3. Quentin Giordano 34 points
4. Alastair Fisher 30 points
5. Christian Riedemann 28 points
6. Molly Taylor 23 points
7. Simone Tempestini and Federico Della Casa 18 points
9. Aron Domzala 14 points
10. Kornel Lukacs 8 points
11. Jan Cerny 6 points
12. Panikos Polykarpou 2 points

NATIONS TROPHY

1 France 90 points
2 Slovakia 52 points
3 United Kingdom 30 points
4 Germany 28 points
5 Australia 23 points
6 Romania and Switzerland 18 points
8 Poland 14 points
9 Italy 10 points
10 Hungary 8 points
11 Czech Republic 6 points
12 Cyprus 2 points


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