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Lukyanuk-Arnautov, impeccable in the first section of the Canary Islands Rally Featured

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The FIA ​​European Rally Championship leaders have been the fastest in the overall of the first three special stages of the Rally Islas Canarias 42nd. José Antonio Suárez-Cándido Carrera, third in the ERC, lead the classification of the national and Enrique Cruz-Yeray Mujica of the Canary regional.

The time of the truth has arrived. The Rally Islas Canarias 42nd edition has started with the dispute of the first section of three timed stages held during Friday morning. In the global of the first path through 'Valsequillo-Festina' (10.96 km), 'San Mateo-DISA' (15.04 km) and 'Artenara' (23.05 km), the Russians Alexey Lukyanuk-Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5) have been the fastest.

Two scratches in the first and third stages have been enough for the FIA ​​ERC current leaders and winners of the last two editions of the race in order to open a first gap regarding their rivals, their compatriots Nikolay Gryazin-Yaroslav Fedorov (Skoda Fabia R5 ) of 15.3 '', an important difference when it comes to the inaugural section, but that keeps the swords high up.

José Antonio Suárez and Cándido Carrera (Hyundai i20 R5) have the honor of being the first qualified Spanish team in the FIA ​​ERC and, for the moment, in podium positions. The Asturians also remain hooked to the ERC Junior U28 fight for the category that leads Gryazin, but with Lauren Pellier-Geoffrey Combe stuck to his Hyundai at only 2.4 '' away. Good role of the French of the Peugeot Rally Academy, who in their first contact with the Canarian asphalt in race conditions happened to grab the best time in 'San Mateo', but had to give way in 'Artenara' to the push of Gryazin and Suarez.

The first five positions are completed by the Skoda Fabia R5, Fabian Kreim and Frank Christian´s official, fourth in Junior U28, at 1.9 " away from Pellier. The ERC runners-up Bruno Magalhaes-Hugo Magalhaes (Skoda Fabia R5) are sixth of the provisional. The Junior Under 27 category is, for the moment, for the Latvians Martin Sesks-Renars Francis (Opel Adam R2), although with a minimum income of 1.8 '' over the Portuguese Diogo Gago-Miguel Ramalho (Peugeot 208 R2). In ERC2 Tibor Erdi-Gyorgy Papp (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) lead with ease, just like the Canary Emma Falcón-Eduardo González in the ERC ladies Trophy.

In the national section, that of the Asphalt Rallies Spanish Championship, Suárez-Carrera command the provisional after three stages ahead of the Canarian Enrique Cruz-Yeray Mujica (Porsche 997 GT3) and the Levantine Miguel Fuster-Nacho Aviñó (Ford Fiesta R5). There are only 4.4 '' among these top three classified. Finally, in the Canary Islands Rallies Championship, Cruz-Mujica dominate with 21.1 " over Surhayén Pernía-Rogelio Peñate with the first of the R5 that follow the GT in what is expected to be a tough battle for the podium . Thereby, Víctor Delgado-Dani Sosa (Hyundai i20 R5) follow their teammates only two tenths of a second behind and, then there is the other i20 R5 of Toñi Ponce-Rubén González, fourth at 6.3 ''.




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