VIDEO | WRC – Tough day for Pedder in Portugal

WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Rally of Portugal Day 2

Written and Images byMichael Vettas | Images by – André Lavadinho – @tWorld

The Heat 1 begins the furthest away from Porto, 100km+ to the North almost on the Spanish border. The first stage saw a clean run for all WRC competitors. Unfortunately the next stage saw Australian Scott Pedder making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Scott Pedder and Dale Muscat recently announced their participation in six rounds of the WRC this year under the RMC Motorsport banner, competing in a Ford Fiesta RS.

Pedder on the second stage flicked the tale of the Fiesta around a right turn, the Ford ran wide hitting a rock causing the Fiesta to roll a number of times ending up in thick scrub.

With the RS several metres off the road, the day was over but the team was able to rescue the car in preparation for Heat 2 on Saturday.

Elfyn Evans had a morning he would rather forget, an electrical fault early on in the first stage resulted in a fire ending his day and would re-enter under rally two rules on Saturday.

The event organisers had their own issues with the 000 course car also catching fire. The 000 car burst in to flames and within minutes was destroyed. With the ongoing threat of bush fires in the area, the second stage of the day was cancelled.

The talking point of Rally Portugal has been tyres, the life of the tyre and which compound will work best. The soft less durable Michelin tyre is quicker however faster wearing. Michelin has recommended the harder option which is more durable but speed is reduced.

Kris Meeke commented “The rally will be won and lost on tyre choice.”

With new rules this year regarding starting order on Day 1, reigning WRC champion Sebastian Ogier (Volkswagen Motorsport) has been heavily impacted. The rule change see Ogier taking to each stage first, thus sweep the roads.

It is a point that has been highlighted at each round and raised again after Ogier dropped to tenth position after the first day here in Portugal.

Images by Michael Vettas and Andre Lavadinho

Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen Motorsport) had an impressive day capitalising on Ogier’s so called misfortune winning two stages and taking the lead “a great stage, i pushed hard and when you have an opportunity to be on the road later, you have to take the opportunity” Latvala commented.

Kris Meeke (Hyundai Motorsport) also had a great start to the rally ending the day in second place with Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen Motorsport) putting in another solid performance to finish third.

Latvala 1:07:19

Meeke + 11.1

Mikkelsen + 16

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