ERC: Bouffier leads in Poland as Kubica hits trouble

A suspected powersteering issue on the final stage also hit Martin Kangur's hopes of a top result in his Fiesta, which is run by former WRC winner Markko Martin's eponymous team. “At one junction we lost the powersteering and went into a tree at 20 kilometres per hour,” said Kangur, who completed the day's competitive action with damage to the front and rear of his car in 11th place due to the time loss. Earlier in the event, the 20-year-old Estonian became one of the youngest drivers to win a stage in the ERC with the fastest time on the second Baranowo run.

Peugeot Rally Academy's Craig Breen is eighth overnight and one place out of the bonus point-scoring positions after a tough Rally Poland debut alongside new co-driver Lara Vanneste. The Irish promise, returning to the ERC for the first time since June's Geko Ypres Rally, struggled to find a rhythm on the slippery stages this morning before losing time on the second Mragowo test with a front-right puncture. Pole Maciek Oleksowicz and young Russian Vasily Gryazin complete the top 10 in their Fiesa S2000s.

The Bebenek brothers, Michal and Grzegorz, lead the ERC Production Car Cup standings after Wojciech Chuchala and Kamil Heller were hit by a time penalty when repairs to their Subaru Impreza's suspension overran prior to the Mikolajki superspecial. Category regular Toshi Arai lost time when a power glitch hit his Yokohama-shod Impreza R4 STI. The Japanese ace is fourth in class behind top Lithuanian driver Dominykas Butvilas. Napoca Rally Academy's Simone Tempestini is in eighth place.

In the ERC 2WD Championship Radoslaw Raczkowski, in an R3-specification Citroën DS3, heads Poland rookie Stephane Lefebvre, who continues to impress in his less powerful Peugeot Rally Academy 208 R2. Molly Taylor tops the ERC Ladies' Trophy in ninth place in the two-wheel-drive division.

Leg two on Sunday features six stages over a competitive distance of 113.48 kilometres and begins with the 23.66-kilometre Maják stage at 08:53hrs local time on Sunday.

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Jan Kopecky. Skoda Fabia S2000. LOTOS 70 Rally Poland. [Pic credit: ERC]
Kajetan Kajetanowicz. LOTOS 70 Rally Poland. [Pic credit: ERC]
Bryan Bouffier. Peugeot 207 Super 2000. LOTOS 70 Rally Poland. [Pic credit: ERC]

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