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Tempestini and Maior triumph at the Aurskog-Høland Rally

The fourth round of the Norwegian Rally Championship saw the triumph of Simone Tempestini and Francesca Maior at the Aurskog-Høland Rally. This success confirms the leadership of the Romanian champion, who managed to win in a tough and technically challenging race.

After securing a victory in the first round of the European Rally Championship (FIA ERC) on the difficult Hungarian gravel roads, Tempestini skipped the Canary Islands event to compete again in the Romanian championship. There, he dominated the asphalt races of Argeșului and Maramureșului, driving the Porsche 997 GT3 RGT. His success in Hungary had already positioned him among the favorites for the Rally of Scandinavia, the third round of the FIA ERC. To best prepare, Tempestini decided to participate in the Aurskog-Høland Rally, a race with roads similar to those in Sweden, ideal for refining his driving ahead of the next event.

The Aurskog-Høland Rally featured seven special stages covering a total of approximately 88 timed kilometers. The competition was marked by an exciting duel between Tempestini and Norwegian Frank Tore Larsen. Larsen started strong, winning the first two timed sections. However, Tempestini responded decisively, setting the fastest time on the first run of the long Borli stage, nearly twenty kilometers long, and taking the lead in the race.

In the second loop of stages, Larsen again showed his speed, winning SS4 and SS5. But Tempestini regained control of the race on the repeat run of Borli, putting 14 seconds between himself and his Norwegian rival and consolidating his leadership. Larsen then won the last stage of the rally but was unable to close the gap, leaving the final victory to Tempestini.

An element of great interest was the presence of Francesca Maior as Tempestini’s co-driver. The young Romanian co-driver, who had won the FIA ERC Junior title last year together with her brother Norbert, was making her first appearance in a Rally2 car, calling the notes in Italian. Their collaboration proved successful, showing perfect harmony in the race.

The podium was completed by Henning Solberg and Ilka Minor in a Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo. The experienced Norwegian driver, formerly with M-Sport Stobart in the WRC, finished ahead of Andreas Grondal and Ola Floene, fourth overall also in a Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo. In fifth place were the surprising Christian Sagli and Martin Ole Sagli in a Volvo 242, with a remarkable performance.