Italian delight for APRC drivers in Sardinia

Current and former APRC drivers performed well at the Italian round of the WRC – the Rally of Sardinia.

Current APRC Würth Cup points leader Hayden Paddon (outright winner of the New Zealand round) finished fourth overall in his WRC Hyundai, while former APRC driver’s champion (2014) Jan Kopecky won the WRC2 category and was 9th overall.

But the story of the event was the storming comeback drive of Ole Christian Veiby (2nd in APRC in 2017).

Hayden Paddon, WRC Italy 2018
The Norwegian was back in eighth place in WRC2 on Friday after being delayed by suspension issues on rutted and rocky Sardinian roads. Following repairs Veiby, won every stage on Saturday and three on Sunday to climb back to second.
Esapekka Lappi, WRC Italy 2018
Esapekka Lappi (2nd in APRC in 2013) had one of his best weekend’s of the 2018 WRC to finish third in a Toyota WRC Yaris.

Sardina was the debut WRC event for the APRC’s current driver’s champion Gaurav Gill in a R5 Ford Fiesta. A heavy landing on Friday damaged the MRF sponsored Fiesta requiring a restart under Super-rally rules, however the Indian driver completed the event and gathered valuable miles.

The next event in the WRC calendar is Rally of Finland, 26-29 July and where a second Indian and APRC driver will compete – more news in a few weeks.

Story: Brian Young –
Photos: Skoda Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport and Toyota Gazoo Racing