FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC2-2015): MINI EUROLAMP WORLD RALLY TEAM- RALLY DE PORTUGAL- ON THREE AND A HALF WHEELS
WRC2 A FULL 2015
Rally de Portugal. On three and a half wheels.
23 May 2015
At Friday, the first full day of Rally de Portugal, crew of Eurolamp WRT took twelfth place in WRC2. Their gap from the category standings leader Nasser Al-Attiyah was three and a half minutes. This gap partly have grown through two flat tires.
The first trouble occurred on SS3, about seven kilometers next to the finish. During landing after jumping front tire flew off the rim. As a result, Valery Gorban and Vladimir Korsia had to overcome last part of stage on three and a half wheels and lose precious seconds. As a result, the plan for the second section of the day was pretty clear – to increase pace and to recoup.
“We had planned to use soft type of tires both on the morning stage and on the second half of the day. Besides that we was going to use a spent kit of tires during last three stages. So long as SS5, the longest special stage of Friday, was canceled because of the fire, this only had helped us with such decision. That is, we save the tires for Saturday and Sunday. But our speed is not any the worse for it. We have corrected our pace notes during the first passage of today’s special stages and this will enable us to accelerate let alone others things. As yet we can not keep as high speed as we want. But the doubtless fact is that we will race faster”, – promised during the service Valeriy Gorban.
And he kept his word. On SS6 the crew of Eurolamp WRT was seventh in WRC2 category. And they had have not so bad pace on the final stage of the day – on SS7. But then they were lucked out again. The same situation as on SS3 happened once more. Shortly before the finish – 6 or 7 kilometers next to one – a rear tire flew off the rim. Valery Gorban and Vladimir Korsia again had to overcome last part of stage on three and a half wheels and they again lose precious seconds.
“Many crews had problems with tires today. In our case, both times the blame lay probably with very deep ruts in which the tires might slightly unstick from the rim under load, and while landing after jump tires was ripped away. We have lost not less a minute on two flat tires, but except that fact, the whole day went quite well for us. We can say that we are satisfied, “- Vladimir Korsya said after the finish of the day .
Saturday of the Rally of Portugal includes two section of three special stages, a total length of 165 kilometers. One of them, Fridao (SS10 and SS13), is the longest stage in the current race – almost 38 kilometers.
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