Spain ERC: Lukyanuk beats reigning champ Kajetanowicz to victory

Alexey Lukyanuk kicked off his 2016 ERC campaign by winning the Canary Islands Rally, stealing the lead from Kajetan Kajetanowicz on the final day.

Following a crash for early leader Mads Ostberg, defending champion Kajetanowicz ended yesterday's leg in first place.

However, the 36-year-old Pole made the mistake of setting his tyre pressure too high for the morning loop of Day 2 and dropped back to second, having nearly destroyed his rubber.

Lukyanuk, third in the series last year, inherited the lead with a gap of 36.7s as a result and cruised to the finish in the afternoon.

Kajetanowicz had to settle for second, with local driver Luis Monzon completing the podium on his second appearance in the event since 2003.

Fellow Spaniard Jonathan Perez brought a third Ford into the top four, finishing almost three minutes behind the winner.

Robert Consani made it home in fifth despite struggling with brake issues, ahead of ERC2 winner Wojciech Chuchala and Jaroslaw Koltun.

Hungarian Janos Puskaldi finished eighth, followed by the Renault of Surhayen Pernia and the Ford of Tomasz Kasperczyk.

Final standings:

Pos. Driver / Co-Driver Car Time/Delay
1

 Alexey Lukyanuk

 Alexey Aranutov

Ford 2h13m52.4s
2

 Kajetan Kajetanowicz

 Jaroslav Baran

Ford 32.7s
3

 Luis Monzon

 Jose Carlos Deniz

Citroen 1m51.8s
4

 Jonathan Perez

 Alejandro Lopez Fernandez

Ford 2m58.5s
5

 Robert Consani

 Maxime Vilmot

Peugeot 5m09.6s
6

 Wojciech Chuchala

 Daniel Dymurski

Subaru 5m57.3s
7

 Jaroslaw Koltun

 Ireneusz Pleskot

Ford  6m17.0s
8

Janos Puskadi

Barna Godor

Skoda  8m00.0s
9

 Surhayen Pernia

 Juan Luis Garcia

Renault 8m26.2s
10

 Tomasz Kasperczyk

 Damian Syty

Ford 8m37.0s

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Series ERC
Event Rally Islas Canarias
Drivers Alexey Lukyanuk
Article type Leg report