A start with pitfalls for the Opel Juniors

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The rally Liepāja has not yet gone according to plan for the young drivers of the ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team. Grégoire Munster (Luxembourg) is ranked 8th in the Junior European Championship after the first stage, Elias Lundberg (Sweden) already had to retire in the first special stage.     


The pitfalls of the rally Liepāja are as famous as they are infamous among experts. The super-fast gravel tracks around the Latvian port city of the same name have already abruptly ended many dreams of victory. Unfortunately, this also applied to Elias Lundberg at this year's event. After an encouraging qualifying session, the 21-year-old Swede lost his ADAM R2 already in the first special stage and damaged the 190 hp rally flea so badly that it was impossible to think of driving on. The mechanics of the ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team are currently working feverishly to enable Lundberg and his co-driver David Arhusiander to restart tomorrow's second leg.

Their team-mates Grégoire Munster and Louis Louka rank eighth in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship after a controlled performance during the first five special stages. "These mega-fast tracks are incredibly fun - but this fun can also be over very quickly. In SS3 we had a really hairy moment. Otherwise, I'm happy with the first day. We didn't have any problems worth mentioning, the ADAM R2 is running well, and we're working our experience back on gravel bit by bit," reported 20-year-old Munster.

We will continue tomorrow Sunday at 8.40 a.m. local time (CEST plus one hour). Eight special stages and 106.58 kilometres later the finish ramp crossing in Liepāja ends the event at 19.05 local time. Eurosport reports in daily summaries from the Rally Liepāja. Fans will find a live timing HERE. 




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