Daniel Beyer shines again but despite Volkswagen domination, Crest Autosport Ford jump into title contention
The fourth round of the Crest Autosport WRC took place on the west coast of the French island of Corsica. The first all-tarmac rally of the season brought an exciting rally with some surprising results.
In the super category, championship leader Teemu Karna of the FritoSport Volkswagen team got off to a good start by winning the opening stage and taking an early lead. However, it was short-lived, as Teemu could only manage to break into the top five in only one of the remaining eight stages. Miika Salonen displayed incredible consistency once again in Corsica and despite the fact he has yet to win a rally this season he sits comfortably in second place in the driver’s standings. Tommi Neuvonen, The Monte-Carlo rally winner had earned himself the title of favorite to win in Corsica, However, it was not to be. He showed great pace all rally long but unfortunately didn’t have enough to take the victory, but instead some great points with a win in the Power Stage and a third place overall. Alex Everitt and Jan Soetens would choose Corsica as their joker round meaning that double points were on offer for the duo, However, it proved to be the wrong choice as eighth and ninth was all they could manage respectively, But it was Daniel Beyer who was the man on the top step as he finally earned himself a rally win after showing some signs of greatness throughout the season. This made Beyer the fourth different winner in the Super Category this season with an impressive five out of nine stage wins.
In the Pro Category, it was speculated that AW Decals would be at a disadvantage during this rally as their Subaru Impreza with their Pirelli tyres was expected to suffer handling issues, given the nature of Corsica. However, Despite this Paul Morris managed to finish 4th closely followed by his teammate Kevin Edwards, meaning damage limitation for AW Decals was a success keeping Edwards in strong contention for the Pro championship.
Mexico rally winner Alexandre Chainho is at the peak of his performance right now, and he showed it here in Corsica – he led a majority of the rally, but one or two bad stages including the power stage, dropped him to third – still a good result for the TAMZ Detailing Ltd Ford driver. Tom Martin for Crest Autosport would mount a strong comeback after a mistake in Stage 1 to finish in second place, but the winner of the rally once again would be his teammate of Pedro Dias da Silva.
Carlos Andrade was the talk of the town in Corsica as he would dominate on the tarmac winning all stages apart from the Power Stage, which was won by Alain Javaudin of the Sim-U-Nation team. Alain continues his huge effort to keep up with Carlos, a consistent yet ever-improving performance from Alain saw him take second and maximum power stage points in Corsica, the hero of France is not letting Carlos get away that easy.
Edgar Sanchinelli would finish in third place ending a run of bad results since his win in Monte-Carlo, a DNS for Charis Remountis however, would move Edgar into third place in the AM standings.
Crest Autosport with an incredible 1-2 in the Pro Category see them move within 3 points of championship leaders FritoSport, However TAMZ Detailing LTD fall further behind after a bad day in the office.
Up next is Rally Argentina – back to gravel and high altitudes where bad weather and slippery conditions will be the main battle for drivers in this round. Join us there on 22nd April. – Catch all of the action right here, at Overtake Motorsport.