ERC - Abbring on top after street-stage thriller

Kevin Abbring seized the early advantage on round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship after setting the pace on the opening stage of the Czech Rally over a 9.51-kilometre course through the streets.

ERC - Abbring on top after street-stage thriller

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Kevin Abbring (Peugeot)

Abbring, in a Peugeot 208T16, took 7:10.60 to complete the night test in front of thousands of rally-mad fans.

Esapekka Lappi, the current ERC title leader, was second fastest, 2.8 seconds slower than Abbring, in a SKODA Fabia Super 2000.

Abbring’s team-mate Craig Breen completed the top three with local hero Tomas Kostka fourth fastest in a Ford Fiesta R5. Czech champion Vaclav Pech was fifth with Robert Consani a strong sixth.

Elsewhere there was disappointment for young Czech driver Miroslav Jakes, who dropped more than half a minute when his Citroen DS3 R5 suffered a powersteering glitch.

Martin Brezik was the fastest ERC Production Car Cup runner, Egon Smekal set the pace in ERC 2WD, while Stephane Lefebvre was the fastest ERC Junior.

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