Dani Deaf and his new co-pilot Borja Rozada debut together in a World Cup event this Friday at the Rally Portugal. The Cantabrian finished this Thursday in eighth position of the ‘Shakedown’ in some passes that served to warm up his engines for a day in which he can get a slice of his delayed starting position in the difficult dirt sections of northern Portugal.
The Spanish, at the wheel of his Hyundai i20 Coupe, winner two years in a row ashore in Sardinia, wants to make a difference again with his hands on a perfect terrain for his riding, seeking to give the maximum possible points to Hyundai in his fight with Toyota for him Builders World Cup.
The Cantabrian will play this weekend his second test of his partial program with the South Koreans, 4 months after doing it at the beginning of the year, in January, in a Monte Carlo Rally of very difficult conditions in which it could not shine. Now, Dani will go all out in this second round of the World Cup for him, with the goal of winning from the start.
Ogier, leader of the World Cup with 61 points, 8 more than Neuville and 10 more than EvansHe will have the difficult task of opening the track on this first day of 8 stages.
For now, this Thursday, at the aperitif to the exciting Portuguese event, Evans won the ‘Shakedown’ with a time of 3’05 ”9, leaving the Estonian of Hyundai Ött Tänak, to 3 tenths a Kalle Rovanperä, 8 to Japanese Katsuta and 9 to the champion Ogier, with the 4 Toyota Yaris WRC in the first 5 positions.
1. Elfyn Evans (Toyota Yaris WRC), 3’05 ”9
2. Ott Tänak (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), at 0 ”2
3. Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota Yaris WRC), at 0 ”3
4. Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota Yaris WRC), at 0 ”8
5. Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris WRC), at 0 ”9
6. Gus Greensmith (Ford Fiesta WRC), 1 ”2
7. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), at 1 ”5