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11.10.2014 Pajunen retired in Rally Due Valli
Finnish Mikko Pajunen and Jonne Halttunen participated Rally due Valli as a prize of winning Italian manufacture championship. They drove with totally new Renault Clio R3T.
- The car is a brand new. There is much more power and shock absorbers are new and also the brakes are better, tells Pajunen before the rally.
Rally Due Valli was driven on asphalt and got eleven stages during three days.
The weather was very foggy and roads were slipery on second day of the rally. Morning started well and Mikko took the best time in the first stage (SS2) on Saturday. Troubles started on stage 3.
- It was very difficult, there are places where you can´t see anything. Very hard, told Pajunen in the end of stage 3.
On the stage 4 spined Pajunen in the cross roads and got stucked in a ditch. He lost almost seven minutes.
After the service changed weather even worse.
- It rained cats and dogs and we had the dry weather tires. The car rose out of the road and we slided to the small ravine. The car is not damaged and we probaply could continue tomorrow, but we´ll get so much time lost that it doesen´t make sense to continue, says Halttunen in Saturday evening.
21.9.2014 Pajunen won Rally Adriatico class R3
19.9.2014 Rally Adriatico starts tomorrow
Rally Adriatico starts in the center of Ancona in Saturday evening. Mikko Pajunen and Jonne Halttunen has a good position in the Renaut Trophy in the second place.
- Nice roads indeed, compared to the previous San Marino gravel race. The first stages will be driven in the dark, and I´m hoping that the dust doesn´t rub too much. There was lack of visible in some places in the recce. But of course we start to win, try to drive as fast as we can and we´ll see how fast the Italians are on the gravel, says Pajunen
Shakedown will be driven on Saturday morning and the rally starts with 8.18km long stage which will be driven twice in the first evening. There will be nine stages for the Sunday and total of 108 stage kilometers.
Rally Adriatico and Pajunen are old pals, two years ago in Clio Cup Mikko won the Rally in class of R2
Live results of rally in here