The two YXZ1000R racers have made some great progress over the past three days and, with one final stage remaining tomorrow, the Yamaha pairing is looking forward to completing their first rally together in the X-raid developed YXZ1000R prototype.
Today's stage covered a total 430 kilometres and featured a fast and grueling 298 kilometre timed special. Communication between the driver and co-driver was crucial, with the challenging route containing many turns and obstacles.
Aiming to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible, minor changes were made to the set-up of the YXZ1000R prototype ahead of today's stage with limited success, but a quick adjustment to the hydraulic suspension during the first fuel stop improved the car's stability dramatically.
With heightened confidence entering the second half of the timed sector, the Yamaha duo focused on refining their communication, which would improve their overall precision when braking, accelerating and turning. The pace had increased, and all was positive until they came across an accident 40 kilometres from the finish where another car had rolled on a bend and caught fire. The pair stopped immediately to call for medical assistance and to aid the driver and co-driver.
Having lost 10 minutes assisting at the crash, the #251 YXZ1000R eventually crossed the finish line in 11th place in the T3 class.
In the SSV Open category, an unfortunate technical problem left the top qualifiers, Franco Sport’s Mario Franco and Nuno Guilherme, unable to start. Teammates, Manuel and Pedro Breyner flew the flag high for Franco Sport, as they put the YXZ1000R through its paces to finish in 12th position.
The 2021 Andalucía Rally's fourth and final stage will take place tomorrow, Sunday 16th May.
Results are provisional.