It was a fruitful day for Team MRF Tyres to conclude the FIA European Rally Championship’s Rally di Roma Capitale.
It was a marathon day for the crews with seven stages and 124km of action to conquer. The stage distance of the final loop was longer than the entire day of Saturday, ensuring the crews would have to carefully consider their tactics through the day.
The Team MRF Tyers drivers of Craig Breen and Paul Nagle in the Hyundai i20 R5 along with Simone Campedelli and Tania Canton in their Volkswagen Polo R5 focused on data gathering for the continual development of MRF Tyres.
However, the drivers pushed throughout the day as they were involved in a great fight that saw positions 6-15 separated by just 17.8 seconds at the start of the day.
For Craig Breen and Paul Nagle, their mission was also clear – bring home as much data as possible.
They started the day in 12th position and would climb one position to 11th by the midday service. They were able to break into the top 10 on the second loop and finished in ninth.
Campedelli and Canton started the day in fine fashion. They started the day in 14th position but gained five positions on the first stage of the day to lie in ninth.
It was a position that he would maintain coming into the midday service.
The afternoon loop was about car management, data collection and consolidation of the top ten position. However a minor issue on the final stage dropped them back down the order.
For MRF Tyres customers, Polish duo Igor Widłak and Daniel took third in the RC3 category in their Ford Fiesta Rally3. It is their second class podium in a row.
The next European Rally Championship round for Team MRF Tyres is the Czech Zlin Rally that takes place from 27-29 August.
The next outing for Team MRF Tyres is the Rally Città di Arezzo – Valtiberina which is the fourth round of the Campionato Italiano Rally Terra (CIRT) which takes place from 6-8 August.
Craig Breen, Hyundai i20 R5
“It was great to see the crowds lining the roads here at Rally di Roma Capitale. The roads were really nice and we managed the warm conditions well.”
“It was a very competitive field here this weekend and today’s stages required a lot of planning to make sure we had the car to make it through the second loop. I have to thank the team. They were able to change the power steering quickly in service after they noticed an issue. I meant we had a trouble free fun through the afternoon, which was important.”
“We had our development objectives this weekend and we were able to complete the rally and bring home valuable data for Team MRF Tyres.”
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