That Formula 1 guy, the F1 race winner, you know the one, always talking about Formula 1… okay, okay, I’m tired off it as well. But seriously, haven’t you heard about him and Formula 1. Really! Right? Right!
Robert Kubica leads the Jannerrallye after 10 special stages held on dry tarmac, wet tarmac, slimy tarmac, icy tarmac, looks-like-it’ll-hold tarmac in the forests and hills of Austria. To say it was an eventful day would be one mother of an understatement. Superbly exciting would be more fitting description of the day which saw Kubica climb to the top of the provisional standings on the last stage of the day, demoting Czech ace Vaclav Pech to second place. Local hero and veteran (is he a veteran? I dunno, I only know he’s been around since forever so he must be a veteran by now, surely!) Raimund Baumschlager holds the third spot. Good thing about the top three is they are separated by 20-ish seconds, which translates to a slow puncture or a stalling spin or similar mishap. It’s far from over, that’s for sure.
Kajetan Kajetanowicz went off the road and out of the event while fighting with Baumschlager, who in turn had to push like there’s no tomorrow in order to make up for the 10 second penalty “scored” on the second special stage for being too eager on the starting line. Kubica also faced problems with puncture in the morning loop costing him a fair amount of seconds. In the end, however, he managed to skip and slide over every challenge today and now holds 6.4 seconds advantage over Pech.
Who needs snow to have a fantastic rally? Exactly.