Estonia ERC: Takale/Young finish second on ERC debut in Open category
Sanjay Takale and co-driver Mike Young claimed a second place finish in the Open category of the European Rally Championship's Rally Estonia last weekend.
The Indo-Kiwi pair were second among the three four-wheeler finishers while sixth in the overall list comprising six two-wheeler riders as well.
BMW's Martynas Samsonas (co-driver Mindaugas Varza) maintained top form taking all the nine stages (namely S1, S2, S3, S6, S7, S10, S11, S12, S13 of ERC) run by the Open category participants.
With both cars and bikes running at the same time, Takale/Young started with fourth place in Stage 1 (second among cars), 3.8s behind the leader Samsonas.
But it was in Stage 2 that the Indian lost chunk of positions, dropping to last while in Stage 3, the Subaru Impreza driver was handed a 10 second penalty for a false start.
The duo fought back with third and second place finishes in S7 and S10 to move to sixth in overall standings while second in four-wheel entries.
Though they were off pace in S11, S12 and S13, Takale/Young maintained sixth place overall and more importantly were able to finish their maiden ERC run.
Winner Samsonas had a total time of 56m31.9s, the only driver under the one hour mark, as Takale/Young ended second, 10m44.5s behind the leader with a total time of 1h07m16.04s.
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