This years Rallye Monte-Carlo has been driven almost an hour longer than last years event. It's clearly noticeable on finished drivers number, only 34 crews from 76 reached the finish. This was a very tough season start for current Open RBR-LT WRC champion and Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT driver Juan Marzoa, but a perfect one for Oscar Estevez.
M-Sport Ford WRT pilot Oscar Estevez had almost 2 minutes of a advantage against Adrian Klimas before last four stages and could drove easily on them, but he didn't. Portuguese driver was so good, that he won almost all last day stages, except SS14 where he lost tiny 0.31 seconds for Adrian. Oscar won event the Wolf Power Stage, which means he earns the maximum points at first round with 2min 1.26sec win against Polish driver. "Great rally for me, no mistakes, good times and solid drive. See you in Sweden! Thanks RBR-LT",- Oscar spoke after finish. Adrian Klimas knew his situation and was prepared for his 2nd place, here is his thoughts after finish,- "No chance to win so I try to take it easy last day. Slow, clean and safe drive takes me to the finish. Thank You RBR-LT for a nice rally. Good Luck all! See You in Sweden." The sensation of the rally clearly is Remus Diaconescu. Romanian wasn't chasing top 5 tempo on last day, he knew that he need a safe finish and he did it. 3rd place in first rally jumping from 2WD car to WRC. Wow, just wow. What a performance by Remus, his gap from rally winner is 3mins and 50.78sec.
Not a single position has changed in WRC 2 classification, only gaps between drivers got bigger. This means Aleksandr Romanenko takes his first win this season with his VW Polo GTI R5. Russian was happy with the battle he had,- "Ok! Thanks for rally and exciting fight! On the last dope, the tires were worn out. I am very happy to be at the finish line! All with the beginning of the championship!". The fastest Lithuanian guy Gedvis Ralistaz took 2nd place and lost not very much to Aleksandr, just 30 seconds, so he was also happy with the performance,- "Happy to be at the finish. Had some mistakes. Some were mine, and some were influenced by external factors, but Ford held up pretty good. I'll take what ever the place now, good job fellow R5 drivers!". Pole Patryk Lasek kept his 3rd place with 1min and 34.26sec loss to Aleksandr.
JUNIOR WRC leader Cristian Lamas had 50 seconds advantage before last day. Spanish driver had not the best start of the day and lost some seconds during first two stages, but in SS15 Cristian lost everything. Spaniard made a mistake and erased his chances to get even a single point, just two stages before rally finish.. This opened a way for Argentinian Enzo Sagrera to on top, but he was terribly slow in the following stage and lost over a minute to SS15 winner Pablo Sancez. So Pole Artur Hazuka who was 3rd and 20 seconds behind Enzo immediately took a leadership with almost a half a minute gap against Enzo. But things had rolled up again in this classification as Artur crashed in the last stage of the rally and Enzo Sagrera got back into 1st place. What a drama in JUNIOR WRC for a last day. Maciej Zawisza then took a 2nd lace with 35.93sec loss and Jacobo Ulibarrena finished 3rd with 1min 30.24sec plus from a winner.
Sensations, drama and top performance is what You get through the season, but we got that all in a first event of 2020 Open RBR-LT WRC championship. Looks that we gonna have one more amazing season. Do not wait and go to register for the next one- Rally Sweden!