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France - day 1: Loeb blitzes pack - again

In the Junior World Rally Championship category, 'wild card' runner, Pierre Campana snatched the lead from Martin Prokop in the final stage. Prokop had won all three tests this morning, but after hitting something in SS6, he slipped down to second, 9.1 seconds off P1.

Alessandro Bettega completes the J-WRC top three - 4.6 seconds off Prokop, while the two championship hopefuls, Sebastien Ogier and Aaron Burkart are fourth and fifth, with Florian Niegel sixth.

The action now continues on Saturday and day two takes competitors north of Ajaccio for two identical loops of three speed tests covering 122.84 kilometres - the longest day of the rally. The opening stage climbs to almost 930 metres while the other two tests skirts the picturesque Golfe de Sagone. Cars leave Ajaccio at 07.45 and return at 18.28 [all times local].


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