Rally Chile BioBio Evans Tops Shakedown

September 28, 2023Joe Moore

The first day of Rally Chile BioBio has come to an end. Elfyn Evans topped the shakedown stage on the day.

Shakedown: WRC1

Elfyn Evans posted the fastest time on the shakedown stage. Posting a time 0.5 than Kalle Rovanperä. Pierre-Louis Loubet finished with the third fastest time on the shakedown, 0.4 seconds slower than Rovanperä. Teemu Suninen set the fourth fastest time, 0.4 seconds slower than Loubet. Takamoto Katsuta rounded out the top five on the shakedown, finishing 0.2 seconds slower than Suninen. 

Shakedown: WRC2

Emil Lindholm topped the Rally Chile BioBio shakedown for the WRC2 class. Posting a time 1.9 seconds faster than Gus Greensmith. Oliver Solberg finished with the third fastest time on the stage, 0.8 seconds slower than Greensmith. Fabrizio Zaldivar set the fourth fastest time on the shakedown, 0.1 seconds slower than Solberg. Yohan Rossel rounded out the top five for WRC2 in the shakedown, finishing 0.6 seconds slower than Zaldivar. 

Driver Comments 

*All comments taken from WRC.com

SD: Heller    “The best feeling in the world! Amazing. I am at home, I am the most happy man in the world, I think!”  

SD: Munster    “It’s incredible. The corners arrive so fast, the braking and the pace notes. So much fun, it’s great. We enjoyed so much this 5km and we have 300km left!”

SD: Loubet    “It looks very nice. The stages are very enjoyable so I hope we will enjoy this rally.” 

SD: Rovanperä    “It was quite okay. Quite slippy and damp in the morning because it’s so cold and humid during the night. It’s nice to be back, the stages look quite nice. Definitely a lot of cleaning for us, but that’s quite normal.”

SD: Evans    “Quite okay. There’s quite a difference in conditions, especially from Friday to Saturday, so it will be quite difficult to make a call in terms of set-up.”

SD: Neuville    “I don’t know how good the car will be, but I hope it will be very good – that’s for sure! It was quite humid now but the grip was quite okay. The stages here are very nice but very challenging for the drivers and for the cars as well.”

SD: Tänak    “Great roads, I guess some of the best you can find in the championship. It seems like most of them are new for this year as well, so they seem to have a good choice of roads.”