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Kubica stars on ERC debut

Like Breen, team-mate Jérémi Ancian has also impressed. The Frenchman hadn't driven his 207 S2000 until a pre-event test on Monday and had no knowledge of the car in wet conditions. He snatched fourth place from Luis Monzón when the local hero's MINI John Cooper Works RRC was slowed by a front-right puncture four kilometres from the finish of stage five.

In the battle for ERC Production Car Cup honours, Andreas Aigner's Subaru leads ahead of Renault driver Germain Bonnefis. Enrique García Ojeda tops the ERC 2WD Championship section for Citroën with Ekaterina Stratieva the leading ERC Ladies' Trophy contender.

Aigner sits in a strong sixth overall in his Yokohama-shod Impreza R4 STI, with García Ojeda demoting long-term pacesetter Joan Vinyes for the lead of the ERC 2WD category on stage eight after the Suzuki pilot hit trouble with a reported broken alternator belt. Bonnefis is the highest-placed Renault driver in ninth on his first run in the Mégane N4. He had trailed team-mate Robert Consani until Consani slipped back when his decision to run rain tyres for the afternoon's mainly dry stages backfired.

Elsewhere, Jean-Mathieu Leandri is in touching distance of tenth for Saintéloc Racing, as a gearbox failure forced Daniel Oliveira to retire his Brazil World Rally Team Fiesta from the top ten prior to stage seven. János Puskádi completed stage eight with a broken rear differential. Nevertheless the Hungarian is one place ahead of GPD Mit Metal Racing Team's Antonín Tlusák. Eurosol-Honda Civic Type R's Zoltán Bessenyey hit back from an early spin, while Hermann Neubauer has battled the effects of possible food poisoning for much of the day. Emma Falcón crashed out on stage two but hopes to return to the action on Saturday.



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