WRC2 bat­tle hots up as all driv­ers face off

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El­fyn Evans will face the big­gest threat to his WRC2 lead of the en­tire sea­son at this week’s Rally Poland.

The Welsh­man – who won last week’s Scot­tish Rally (see page 16) – leads the WRC2 ta­ble by seven points go­ing to Miko­la­jki, but for the first time this sea­son all of the lead­ing crews come to­gether to go head-to-head.

The six driv­ers are all present this week, as is Fin­land’s Es­apakka Lappi, who’s 10th in the ta­ble hav­ing started just two ral­lies. WRC2 reg­u­la­tions state driv­ers count their best six scores from seven starts, mean­ing the top crews can avoid each other for much of the year. Not this week. Evans said: “It’s go­ing to be a big fight. I’m not both­ered about that. The ob­jec­tive this sea­son is to win WRC2 and to do that we’ve got to beat the best of the driv­ers out there – that’s what we’ll be aim­ing to do this week. Things haven’t gone our way in the last few ral­lies,” he said. “We’re out to put that right this time.”

Evans leads from Peru­vian Ni­co­las Fuchs, who has also taken four scores, but his main ri­vals are Teemu Suni­nen (50 points from three starts), Pon­tus Tide­mand (43 from two) and Lappi (17 from two).

Suni­nen scored a sen­sa­tional WRC2 vic­tory last time out in Sar­dinia in con­di­tions he ad­mits weren’t ex­actly to his lik­ing.

“I’m a Finn,” he said, “I like to go flat out! Sar­dinia was nar­row and quite slow in sec­tions, but Poland is very fast – that’s more nat­u­ral. We are all to­gether in WRC in Poland; for every­body it has to be the full at­tack.”

Lappi dom­i­nated the fast WRC2 rounds in Poland and Fin­land last year and Suni­nen says he will keep an eye on his coun­try­man. “[Es­apekka] Lappi will be fast in Poland,” he said. “He’s strong on these kind of ral­lies and, of course, he has the fac­tory Skoda.”

Bri­ton Evans leads points Suni­nen

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