After six months gap in Open RBR-LT WRC 2020 championship participants were very hungry for racing. But this didn't help to concentrate for a good result. From 38 drivers at the start line, we congratulate just 10 who reached the Rally Estonia finish.
Rally begun with Oscar Estevez retirement in second stage of the rally, M-Sport Ford WRT driver was leading after city stage in Tartu. Afterwards leader control has been taken by current Open RBR-LT WRC champion and Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT driver Juan Marzoa. Spaniard had over 45 seconds lead against PH Sport driver Jan Gais. Unfortunately Juan made a mistake in SS7 and had to retire. This looked like and opportunity for Slovakian to take the rally leadership, but Jan lost some time in the same stage and Lithuanian Arūnas Gylys immediately jumped in front. His piloted Škoda Fabia R5 was a whole 9 stages on top in this rally, but then again Lithuanian experienced the same story as previous rally leaders. Just two stages till Rally Estonia finish Arūnas crashed his Fabia in SS15 and let Jan Gais get back in front who was patient the whole event. Slovakian was maneuvering behind Arūnas with 1 minute gap and now just two stages left he had massive more than 4 minutes advantage against closest opponent. This was a well deserved victory for Slovakian, fast and patient drive all the rally: "Nice, but long and difficult for concentration rally, finish is here, result still not. The result will really be affected by the failure of others but that's rally. Great to be back, I'm against copying the real races when we must sit at home during these pandemic."
This was also a win in WRC 2 classification for Jan Gais and PH Sport team. Second result and 3rd overall was claimed by a Polish driver Mirek Woronecki with VW Polo R5. Third and last finisher in this class was Hyundai Motorsport N pilot Robertas Kulikauskas from Lithuania (7th overall). Current JUNIOR WRC leader Jyrki Niemela finished second in Rally Estonia overall classification with two wheel drive OPEL ADAM R2 car. This is quite a sensational achievement for Finn, but we all know what speed this guy is delivering. We also can remember amazing Oscar Estevez results from last season when he was driving an 2WD car. JUNIOR WRC classification was the richest one in finished drivers number which is 4 cars. All others were in new generation Fiestas. Antonio Ortega in 2nd place, and two Ukrainians Nazaryi Lebed in 3rd and Oleksandr Pidlusky in 4th.
So comeback event seems to be a really tough one, that only Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT drivers Remus Diaconescu and Libor Tomecek managed to reach the finish from all the manufacturer teams. This should let Remus to keep his lead until Rally Turkey against M-Sport Ford WRT driver Oscar Estevez and even increase it by few more points which could be vital in this different season. Do not forget to enroll for next event, which is less than a week away!