Restaurant visit helped Lappi keep WRC Acropolis Rally alive
Esapekka Lappi, the Finnish driver of the i20 N Rally 1 car, experienced a radiator leak during the Loutraki stage, most likely caused by a rough compression. After completing stage four, Lappi had to stop and make repairs to minimize the water loss. Despite his efforts, water continued to escape from the car, forcing Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm to collect water bottles at the end of the stage to refill the radiator. However, they had to make an unscheduled stop at a restaurant during the remaining two stages to safely complete the rally. Lappi managed to reach the Lamia service park in fifth place, 32.1 seconds behind his teammate Thierry Neuville. Reflecting on the day, Lappi felt that his lack of pace wasn’t solely due to the radiator leak but also to his unsettled set-up. The Acropolis Rally will continue with six more stages on Saturday.