PWRC A FULL 2014
Tough but steady day for Rendina at Rally d’Italia
Ralliart Italy Rally d’Italia Sardegna Day Two
9 June 2014
The Day Two itinerary of Rally d’Italia is characterized by the twice-run, long SS11 / 13 Monte Lerno stage. A total of 59,13 kilometres, the test held the majority of today’s competitive kilometres within it. Unfortunately, Ralliart Italy-run Italian driver Max Rendina never had the opportunity to compete on the stage.
Rendina did not have any problems on Day Two and his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X ran perfectly. However, due to incidents ahead of him in the stage on both loops it was twice removed from his Day Two itinerary. On the first loop, too many retired cars were stuck ahead of him in the road to make the stage safe to tackle. On the second loop, a car caught fire ahead of Rendina and again the stage was cancelled.
Rendina got the second fastest times in the WRC 2 Championship Group N Cup field on both loops of the shorter SS10 / 12 Monte Olia test. The warm conditions made the slippery sandy-based stage an even tougher challenge, but Rendina stayed focused and concentrated on getting through it as quickly, but safely as possible. His results left him third in the Group N Cup at the end of Day Two following the release of notional times for SS11 / 13.
The Day Three itinerary offers four stages of a total of 46,84 kilometres, including the 8,98 Cala Fluimini stage. A shorter day, Rendina knows that there’s still all to play for and has his sights set on the Group N podium.
Reaching evening service safely after successfully completing the Day Two itinerary demanded of him, Rendina was disappointed not to have had the chance to prove himself on Monte Lerno, but pleased not to have had any problems himself: “It was a real shame not to get to compete on Monte Lerno. I’d been really looking forward to the challenge. Of course I’m sorry for the guys who retired ahead of me on the road, but it could’ve made all the difference to my event and my goal of winning the Group N Cup this year if I could’ve put in a good time on the stage at least once!”
Ralliart Italy Team Manager Bruno De Pianto is equally disappointed for Rendina: “Max left service this morning with a really positive attitude. He was ready to try and make up lost ground and was really focused on trying to get a good result in front of his home crowd. We all understand that rallying is unpredictable, but that the stage was cancelled on both loops for different reasons is really bad luck!”
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