During the fourth and final stage, the Yamaha pair had to negotiate 296-kilometres of extremely dry and slippery Spanish landscape with a 247-kilometre timed special. Amid challenging conditions, the incredible strength of the YXZ1000R prototype chassis was reaffirmed, allowing the duo to maintain a quick and steady pace consistently throughout the day.
When rally racing at an elite level, communication between the driver and co-driver is of extreme importance, both participants need to be focused, alert, precise and committed. Upon conclusion of the final sector, Eric de Seynes and Camelia Liparoti were thrilled at the significant progress made inside the cockpit. With great rapport, the duo managed to finish the day in 40th position, placing them a creditable 32nd in the overall standings. Their solid result is also very much attributed to the exceptional reliability of the YXZ1000R prototype.
In the Open SSV category, both Franco Sport supported crews suffered technical difficulties. Top qualifiers Mario Franco and Nuno Guilherme were unable to resolve yesterday’s mechanical issue and could not start today, while teammates Manuel and Pedro Breyner were forced to abandon the race 80 kilometres in due to an issue with the rear differential.