44 Rally Islas Canarias

44 Rally Islas Canarias (8)

The French team M-Sport have been awarded the victory in this race of the FIA European Rally Championship. The weather have conditioned both of the two legs, causing several changes throughout the 17 stages of the itinerary. Yoann Bonato-Benjamin Boulloud completed the double French starring, ahead of Iván Ares-David Vázquez, who reached their second international podium of the season. Alexey Lukyanuk was crowned FIA ERC champion, whereas Pepe López-Borja Rozada took the lead in the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship (CERA) and in the Spanish Rally Super-Championship (S-CER) in a mind-blowing finale.

Incidents have been taking place among most of the teams with genuine hopes in the 44 edition of the Rally Islas Canarias. The French Ford team is now leading the race, ahead of its countrymen Bonato-Boulloud and of Ares-Vázquez. In the national part, the Galician Hyundai team stayed ahead of Suárez-Iglesisas, who ranked first in the Spanish Rally Super-Championship after the odyssey of Solans-Moreno.

The intermittent rain and the resulting guess regarding the choice of tires have caused several changes in the ranking throughout the second section of the race. Adrien Fourmaux-Benjamin Boulloud hold the second place 7.5'' away followed by Nil Solans-Xavi Moreno just 5.5'' behind.

The Catalans adapted perfectly to the delicate state of the first four stages of the 44 Rally Islas Canarias. They are just 9,7 seconds away from the also Spaniards Iván Ares-David Vázquez and, further back, Adrien Fourmaux-Renaud Jamoul passed the Canarians Yeray Lemes-Rogelio Peñate on the last stage.

The premises where the football team UD Las Palmas usually plays hosted for the first time ever the formal start of the FIA European Rally Championship's last date. Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger-Amland, with their Skoda Fabia R5, chose to take the first place at the stages of the first leg after having chosen this position in the selection turn for the starting order.

The Polish champion in 2019 has been able to take advantage of his Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo and will be the first one to choose the starting position for the leg tomorrow, which almost certainly will take place in the rain. Craig Breen, ‘Cohete’ Suárez and Andreas Mikkelsen finished less than one second behind.

From 3:00 pm in the afternoon the road GC-70 will be taking in what can be considered as the prologue of the 44 Rally Islas Canarias. The fifteen fastest teams will have the opportunity to choose their starting position in the first leg, which is expected to be quite tricky due to the weather conditions.

Following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, the last appointment of the FIA ​​European Rally Championship to be held in Gran Canaria between November 26 and 28, will not be able to count on spectators in its different special stages.