Lefebvre masters #RA Rally Regione Piemonte’s technical stages in 2023 TER – Tour European Rally round 4
The Frenchman takes 6 consecutive stage wins to stretch his gap over series leader.
A lovely sunny day greeted crews, teams and fans in the UNESCO World Heritage site Langhe and Roero hills for the second day of #RA Rally Regione Piemonte, fourth round of the 2023 TER – Tour European Rally.
When the action got underway, Stéphane Lefebvre with Andy Malfoy were fastest out of the blocks. Taking six consecutive stage wins with their Citroën C3 Rally2, including the morning opener TER Power Stage and its bonus points, the crew stretched their lead to 15.9 seconds over the new provisional series leader, Andrea Crugnola codriven by Pietro Elia Ometto in another C3. The 2-time Italian Champions set second fastest times in all the stages, trying to stay in contention for the win.
The 2022 TER – Tour European Rally Champions, Hayden Paddon and Jared Hudson, increase their knowledge of the new Hyundai i20N Rally2 at their first tarmac outing with the car. They climb in third place of the TER standing after stage 6, in which Fabio Andolfi had a technical issue: a broken driveshaft on the Škoda Fabia Rally2 he shares with Nicolò Gonella meant they had to leave settle for fourth place, ahead of the sister car of Mathieu Arzeno with Romain Roche.
Two Peugeot 208 Rally4s are topping the standings in TER Junior, with Roberto Daprà codriven by Luca Guglielmetti, and in TER 2WD where Fabio Farina and Gabriele Zanni are increasing their points tally.
#RA Rally Regione Piemonte came to an early end for 2020 WRC2 World Champion, 2022 TER Promo Event in Guanajuato, Mexico, winner Mads Østberg, due to a technical issue on his Citroën C3 Rally2. An accident sidelined the 2014 Italian Junior Champion Giacomo Scattolon’s Volkswagen Polo while he was fifth for his maiden event in the newest concept of rally series.
Photo: Rolling Fast Photography