Lorenzo Bertelli took his maiden victory in WRC2 last weekend on Rally Italia Sardegna, the latest round in the 2014 World Rally Championship.
Bertelli brought his Ford Fiesta Regional Rally Car home more than two minutes clear of Sebastien Chardonnet. The Italian now takes the lead in the WRC2 standings, one place ahead of Yuriy Protasov, who was third.
Protasov originally finished fourth, but gained a place when Bernardo Sousa was handed a five-minute penalty post-event for using 26 tyres during the event – two more than competitors are allowed. Sousa dropped to fifth, with Karl Kruuda the other beneficiary, moving up to fourth.
“It couldn't be a better feeling, it's fantastic,” said Bertelli, after winning his home event. “We showed our pace earlier in this rally because today [Sunday] was just about driving through the stages to get to the finish.
“In the future we can push all the time but I wanted to finish first on my home rally and it's really amazing. I'm leading the championship now, which is fantastic, but there is a long way to go this season and we will have to see what can happen in the future.”
“Today I'm very happy and I would like to say thank you to Pirelli,” he added. “The engineers have done a very good job and the tyres performed very well.
"It was my dream to win an event and now we have got there. I'm happy because we won at a good pace, not just because of problems for the other guys.”