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Dramatic leader changes in the second round of e-LARC

The second round of “Atlantis Games e-LARC” championship, named “Pirelli Rally powered by Black & Round”, was even more dramatic that the inaugural one. 154 participants took part in an official Lithuanian e-championship round, but only a third managed to reach the finish. The rally itself consisted of 15 special stages and 92.5 kilometers respectyvely.

Finnish Tommi Makinen took a lead from the very first meters of this rally, however, it didn’t take long to bring the harsh memories of the first round back, when he again retired after crashing his “Hyundai i20 R5”. The WRC cars took an advantage of that as another Finn – a real-life rally driver Ville Pynnonen took the lead, followed by Lithuanian Arūnas Gylys, who was only 0.2 seconds behind. Both of them were followed by a group of R5 cars not far behind, led by Tobias Hult from Sweden.

When there were four stages left to go, the tensions were as high as ever. After V. Pynnonen retired after the crash, A. Gylys was holding onto the lead 3 seconds in front of T. Hult as Jurek Bogdanowicz from Poland was another 2 seconds behind. However, A. Gylys soon followed the sad tradition of leader retirement in this rally and crashed out of the event as well. With no WRC’s in top positions, the R5 category cars were to determine the winner. When it looked like J. Bogdanowicz managed to take the lead from his teammate T. Hult, after closer investigation of the onboard video after the finish, he got a 10 second penalty for cutting the track. The positions flipped once again and T. Hult was declared a winner. Right behind J. Bogdanowicz, Juho Liimatainen from Finland took the third position on the podium of both: the absolute and e-LARC 2 classifications.

Estonian Gabriel Simson won in e-LARC 1 classification, surpassing Damian Skupien from Poland and Akis Giovos from Greece. Meanwhile e-LARC 3 was a Finnish game with Janne Laahanen in first, Joonas Hamalainen in second and Aleksi Hallia in third.

Front-wheel driven e-LARC 4 classification was again dominated by Aleksi Paakinnen from Finland with Estonian Egert Tõkke and Latvian Atis Licis following him.

The e-LARC 5, a.k.a. “the BMW classification” was won by Ukrainian Oleksandr Arych, while Lithuanian Valdas Džiaugys and Polish Jan Gorczyca were second and third respectively.

This event was named after “Black and Round” company, supplying acknowledged “Pirelli” tires to rally drivers, including Lithuanian championship, being its mono-tire provider. Next round of “Atlantis Games e-LARC” is dedicated to the third round of Lithuanian Rally Championship round in Viekšniai starts this Thursday and will finish on late evening of 12th of June.

“Atlantis Games e-LARC” is and official Lithuanian championship, included into Lithuanian Automobile Sport Federation calendar. It is the first national rally e-championship in the world and is held annually since 2019.

More information of how to participate and many more can be found on official website: www.e-larc.lt

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