Juho Hanninen ahead in Rally Azores tussle with Andreas Mikkelsen

Juho Hanninen has moved back into the Rally Azores lead with two stages to go, after briefly losing his first position to Andreas Mikkelsen

Juho Hanninen ahead in Rally Azores tussle with Andreas Mikkelsen

Amid further rain and fog on the island, factory Skoda driver Hanninen fell to second on SS13 when he missed a junction and found himself 2.7 seconds behind Mikkelsen (Skoda UK) in the overall classification.

But Hanninen responded in style on the next stage, with a time 13.9s quicker than anyone else. Although Mikkelsen then won the following superspecial, Hanninen's lead was back up to 10.9s.

Bruno Magalhaes lost third when a transmission problem forced him to park his Peugeot before SS14. That means Jan Kopecky's Skoda now looks to have the final podium place in the bag.

Leading positions after SS15: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Juho Hanninen Skoda 1h44m09.9s 2. Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda UK + 10.9s 3. Jan Kopecky Skoda + 1m19.9s 4. Bryan Bouffier ROMO Peugeot + 3m13.7s 5. Patrik Sandell Skoda Sweden + 4m24.8s 6. Ricardo Moura Mitsubishi (private) + 4m46.4s 7. Vitor Lopes Subaru (private) + 7m29.3s 8. Vitor Pascoal Mitsubishi (private) + 9m04.0s 9. Sergio Silva Subaru (private) + 10m23.3s 10. Paulo Maciel Citroen (private) + 13m29.3s 
shares
comments
Andreas Mikkelsen carves into Juho Hanninen's Rally Azores lead

Previous article

Andreas Mikkelsen carves into Juho Hanninen's Rally Azores lead

Next article

Juho Hanninen clinches Rally Azores victory

Juho Hanninen clinches Rally Azores victory
Load comments
Ireland deserves a WRC round Plus

Ireland deserves a WRC round

Drivers are in accordance: Ireland should be in the World Rally Championship. DAVID EVANS followed the Circuit of Ireland and was left with no doubt that the drivers are right

ERC
Apr 23, 2014
Kubica's rally to recovery Plus

Kubica's rally to recovery

Robert Kubica's rally speed is obviously there - in abundance - but he's got to stop crashing. Charles Bradley went to the Azores to get the lowdown on the ex-F1 star's comeback trail

ERC
May 3, 2013
Why Kubica can win on ERC debut Plus

Why Kubica can win on ERC debut

Former GP winner Robert Kubica makes his international comeback this week in the Canaries Rally. And David Evans reckons he'll win aboard a Citroen DS3 RRC

ERC
Mar 21, 2013
Rallying's new era keeps the best of the old Plus

Rallying's new era keeps the best of the old

As the IRC to ERC transformation takes effect in Austria, David Evans is excited that the IRC's promotional strengths will carry over - but still wishes the WRC could get some of that magic

ERC
Jan 3, 2013
Farewell IRC, long live ERC Plus

Farewell IRC, long live ERC

As the Intercontinental Rally Challenge prepares for its swansong in Cyprus, David Evans recalls the shortlived series' heyday - and looks ahead to its European successor

ERC
Nov 1, 2012
The 2011 IRC season review Plus

The 2011 IRC season review

The fifth Intercontinental Rally Challenge was the best yet, and it was Skoda UK driver Andreas Mikkelsen who emerged as champion from a tense five-way shootout at the season finale. Matt Beer reviews the season

ERC
Nov 22, 2011
Who to watch in the Monte Carlo Rally Plus

Who to watch in the Monte Carlo Rally

This year is the Monte Carlo Rally's centenary and, just as in recent years, there's no shortage of World Rally Championship stars turning up to give the IRC regulars a run for their money

ERC
Jan 18, 2011
The top 10 IRC drivers of 2010 Plus

The top 10 IRC drivers of 2010

The competition didn't run as deep as it might have, but there was plenty of fight at the front with six of our top 10 winning rallies during the season. Matt Beer puts them in order

ERC
Nov 29, 2010