Kopecky Leads after Day 1 - Rally Croatia | ERC - 2013

Jan Kopecky leads Rally Croatia by the end of SS7. The Czech managed to squeeze out a 52.9s gap in the second half of the re-run of the morning stages, from a 10.5s deficit.

Andreas Aigner who had built up the lead by end of loop-1 of today's stages in his Subaru Impreza R4, succumbed to the pressure of Skoda Fabia S2000 driver in afternoon stages.

Overnight leader Juraj Sebalj had a terrible start of the day by slipping down to 16th overall after the opening stage, SS2. However, the local star recovered steadily to 5th overall by the day's end. The young German & Production Cup aspirant Hermann Gassner jr did a good job to hold on to the third overall spot till the last stage of the day and second in Production class.

Andras Hadik is in 3rd spot, while Andreas Aigner leads the Production class.


In the 2WD Aleks Humar leads the pack, while Prodan and Bessenyey trail him down in 2nd and 3rd.

Ladies Trophy, Molly Taylor crashes in SS6 and loses more than 2 min: before SS7 she is only 2 sec clear of her rival Stratieva albeit with damaged car.

Another set of three stages for tomorrow, which will be run twice in the noon-loop, and a final SSS will decide who will take the shiny trophies home. Jan Kopecky will also take the ERC title if he finishes the rally in his current form.

Overall Top 5 results are as below for now!

Pos         No          Driver
Time             Diff
Prev
     Diff
     1st
1.1J. KOPECKY
1:11:32.5 0.0  0.0
2.4A. AIGNER
1:12:25.4+52.9+52.9
3.9H. GASSNER JR
1:12:30.6+5.2    +58.1
4.2P. TSJOEN
1:13:48.6+1:18.0+2:16.1
5.5J. SEBALJ
1:14:00.5+11.9+2:28.0

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