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Lukyanuk-Arnautov fasten the first stage in front of the European Rally Featured

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Five scratches in the eight timed stages held in the opening day have been materialized in an advantage over 20 '' against his compatriots Nikolay Gryazin-Yaroslav Fedorov. Maximum excitement for the third place, as the Germans Fabian Kreim-Frank Christian have finished 2.9 '' ahead of the Asturians José Antonio Suárez-Cándido Carrera, first Spanish classified team.

Alexey Lukyanuk-Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5) have led with solvency the first of the two legs of the 42 Rally Islas Canarias. The Russians have shown why they are leaders of the FIA ​​European Rally Championship by imposing themselves in five of the eight stages the teams have disputed. That dominance has had its reflection in the 21.3 '' of advantage that he has achieved to accumulate against his compatriots Nikolay Gryazin-Yaroslav Fedorov, who in their first participation of the season in the ERC have standed in a firm second position.

The regularity of Gryazin, leader in the ERC Junior U28 category, has allowed him to leave almost half a minute behind Fabian Kreim-Frank Christian (Skoda Fabia R5) who, in the last stage, the urban one of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has accomplished to overcome José Antonio Suárez-Cándido Carrera (Hyundai i20 R5) by 2.9 ''. Seconds and third respectively of the ERC Junior U28, the fight between both will be one of the many keys of the race.

Teams like Pierre-Louis Loubet-Vincent Landais (Hyundai i20 R5), Bruno Magalhaes-Hugo Magalhaes (Skoda Fabia R5) and Laurent Pellier-Geoffery Combe, fifths, sixth and seventh respectively, can not be discarded of that fight for the third step of the podium. Luis Monzón-José Carlos Déniz (Ford Fiesta R5) lost any chance of getting a good result towards their fans after hitting the left rear of their Ford Fiesta R5 TC6 and having to stop to change the wheel.

In ERC Junior U27 things can´t be more exciting. The Latvians Martin Sesks-Renars Francis (Opel Adam R2) tied in time with Diogo Gago-Miguel Ramalho (Peugeot 208 R2) in front of the thousands of fans who filled the urban section of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in their second pass and will start on Saturday with a difference of only seven tenths. They will not be able to get distracted because behind them press, and in what a way, Efrén Llarena-Sara Fernández (Peugeot 208 R2), who have approached until a 4 '' difference after erring in the tire choice in the morning.

In spite of having problems of change during the afternoon, Emma Falcón-Eduardo González (Citroën DS3 R3T) rule in ERC Ladies Trophy with 29.6 '' over Catie Munnings-Anne Stein (Peugeot 208 R2). Tibor Erdi-Gyorgy Papp (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) command the provisional ERC2, while Florian Bernardi-Victor Bellotto (Renault Clio R3t) do the same in ERC3.

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