Pech the new leader after Day 2 The second day of the 33rd Barum Rally proved to be a day of intense drama with the lead changing hands several times and at the end, Vaclav Pech was the overnight leader with Bruno Thiry in second ...
Pech the new leader after Day 2
The second day of the 33rd Barum Rally proved to be a day of intense drama with the lead changing hands several times and at the end, Vaclav Pech was the overnight leader with Bruno Thiry in second place 1min.03.8seconds behind and Miguel Campos trailing him by 9.7secs. Certainly a day of mixed fortunes for all of the top 4 drivers.
The day had started well enough for Campos. He had a 2.9sec overnight lead, but was first on the road and after the opening two stages he had lost 3 seconds to Thiry. The Belgian then decided to use cut slicks on Stage 9 and he set the fastest time of 10.25.5 and Pech was second just 4.3 seconds behind.
Roman Kresta went off and lost 17secs whilst Campos had both brake problems and found his suspension was too hard and this lost him 22 seconds.
Stage 10 saw Campos lose another 10 seconds to Thiry, when he attempted a handbrake turn at a hairpin and the engine stalled. Leszek Kuzaj went off the road and retired.
Stage 11 gave another fastest time to Thiry, but Campos damaged his car on a right hand bend, went off and lost nearly 1 ½ minutes to the Belgian. He also found Pech ahead of him on the leader board. Kresta had engine problems and had to retire.
At this point in the rally it looked as though Thiry had complete control, but as they say "A rally is not over till you cross the finish line". About 3kms before the end of Stage 13, he broke the waste gate of his turbo and then picked up a 20 second penalty when he tried to fix it between stages. "If there was one place you didn`t want that to happen, it was there-- before the longest stage of the rally," said a resigned Thiry. He ended up losing nearly two minutes and this dropped him to second overall, just 9.7 seconds in front of Campos.
"The fight is on again," said a smiling Campos, clearly relishing the battle ahead tomorrow. Six stages totaling 92.02 km, await them on the final day. If it proves to be as exciting as Day 2 then no one will be prepared to predict the winner. <pre> 33rd Barum Rally End of Day 2 1. Vaclav Pech Ford Focus WRC 1hr 57.01secs 2. Bruno Thiry Peugeot 206 WRC 1hr 58.05secs 3. Miguel Campos Peugeot 206 WRC 1hr 58.15secs