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IRC: Avci clinches victory on Prime Yalta debut

Peugeot 207 S2000 driver Yukhym Vazheyevskyy meanwhile dropped out of the podium fight yesterday after engine problems forced an early retirement. The Ukrainian restarted today but was not eligible to score points. Vazheyevskyy made it to the end of the rally after replacing a windscreen when the original was smashed when the bonnet flew open on stage 11.

After vying for the top spot alongside Protasov and displaying an impressive show of speed, Finn Mikko Pajunen retired after he crashed his Fiesta on the second day of competition.

The 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season now continues later this month with Mabanol Silven Rally in Bulgaria, which runs from September 28-30.


Prime Yalta Rally - Top ten IRC positions (after SS14):

1. Yaðiz Avci /Bahadir Gücenmez M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 3h9m58.7s
2. Robert Consani /Nicolas Klinger Renault Mégane RS +3m13.4s
3. László Vizin /Gabor Zsiros ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +3m38.4s
4. Mykola Chmykh /Olexandr Vilchynskyi Subaru Impreza STI +9m31.5s
5. Marco Tempestini /Dorin Pupea Subaru Impreza R4 STI +12m47.9s
6. Murat Bostanci /Onur Vatansever M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2 +15m14.3s
7. Marco Cavigioli /Monica Fortunato Mitsubishi Evolution Lancer IX +19m35.1s
8. Oleksiy Panov /Olexandr Yukushev Honda Civic Type R +20m54.1s
9. Stanislav Besedin /Olexandr Donskiy M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2 +26m41.2s
10. Eytan Halfon /Sedat Bostanci M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2 +33m25.1s

IRC Production Cup: Robert Consani /Nicolas Klinger (Renault Mégane RS)
IRC 2WD Cup: Robert Consani /Nicolas Klinger (Renault Mégane RS)


IRC Standings (after round 10 of 13) - Top Ten*

1. Andreas Mikkelsen 136pts
2. Juho Hanninen 93pts
3. Jan Kopecky 83pts
4. Sepp Wiegand 53pts
5. Giandomenico Basso 40pts
6. Patrik Flodin 28pts
= Robert Consani 28 points
8. Bryan Bouffier 27pts
= Umberto Scandola 27pts
10. Dani Sordo 25pts
Yagiz Avci 25 pts

* - best eight rounds to count


IRC Manufacturers standings (after round 10 of 13)

1. Škoda 325pts
2. Peugeot 187pts
3. M-Sport 137pts
4. Subaru 110pts
5. Renault 109pts
6. Honda 43pts




Related Pictures

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Mikko Pajunen. Ford Fiesta S2000. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Robert Consani. Renault Mégane RS. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Marco Tempestini. Subaru Impreza R4 STI. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Robert Consani. Renault Mégane RS. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Yuriy Protasov. Ford Fiesta RRC. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Yagiz Avci. Ford Fiesta S2000. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Robert Consani. Renault Mégane RS. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Robert Consani. Renault Mégane RS. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Yagiz Avci. Ford Fiesta S2000. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]
Yagiz Avci. Ford Fiesta S2000. Prime Yalta Rally [Pic credit: IRC]

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