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Von Thurn und Taxis fastest at the Lavanttal Rallye

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The winners of the Mitropa Rally Cup (MRC) classification at the 46. Laser Hero Lavanttal Rallye powered by Dohr Wolfsberg 2024 were once again Albert von Thurn und Taxis and co-driver Jara Hain (DEU) in the Škoda Fabia RS Rally2. In second place was German driver Philip Geipel (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo).

The winners of the Mitropa Rally Cup (MRC) classification at the 46. Laser Hero Lavanttal Rallye powered by Dohr Wolfsberg 2024 were once again Albert von Thurn und Taxis and co-driver Jara Hain (DEU) in the Škoda Fabia RS Rally2. In second place was German driver Philip Geipel (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo). He benefited from the retirement of Mitropa Rally Cup newcomer Björn Satorius, who impressed with his Ford Fiesta Rally2. After setting the fastest time in the first special stage, an intense battle ensued between Satorius and Geipel. Satorius managed to defend his second place until the 9th special stage. However, an accident led to the retirement of the Ford Fiesta team. After a consistent and fast drive, Slovakian driver Robert Kolčák finished in third place with the Škoda Fabia R5.
 
The seven-time winner of the Mitropa Rally Cup, Hermann Gaßner sen., almost succeeded in claiming this position for himself in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X R4. In the penultimate stage, he displaced Kolčák, who was ahead of him, to fourth place. However, Kolčák countered in the final special stage, securing the last podium spot with a lead of only 2.6 seconds.
 
In the battle for victory in the 2WD category for two-wheel drive vehicles, the German team of René Noller/Stephan Schneeweiß initially seemed unbeatable. However, after leaving the ideal line, Noller rolled over slowly, ending their race and giving way to the Slovenian team of Mark Škulj/Aleksandra Devunić, also driving an Opel Corsa Rally4. Škulj had to fiercely defend this position against Austrian driver Roland Stengg. In the closest decision of the entire rally, after 160 kilometers of timed stages, Škulj was ahead by a razor-thin margin of just 0.1 seconds, securing fifth place in the Mitropa Rally Cup classification.
 
The victory in the Mitropa Rally Cup classification for historic vehicles went to the local team of Patrik and Julia Hochegger in an Opel Kadett GT/E. Out of the 13 special stages, they were the fastest team 10 times and had a lead of almost two and a half minutes over Tyrolean driver Alois Nothdurfter and his German co-driver Walter Münch (Ford Sierra RS Cosworth) at the finish line. Third place went to Gerhand Openauer (AUT) in his Ford Escort RS 2000 MKII. Openauer only managed to overtake his compatriot Thomas Klösch for this position on the third-to-last special stage after thrilling battles for position.
 
The MRC internal Club Championship classification was won dominantly by the team of Martin Kainz/Stefanie Fritzensmeier (DEU) in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, with a start-to-finish victory. They were the fastest team in this classification group on all special stages. Second place went to Italian driver Fabio Grendene (Opel Astra GSi 16V) ahead of Mitropa Rally Cup President Norberto Droandi in a Peugeot 106 Rallye.
 
The overall winners of the 46. Laser Hero Lavanttal Rallye powered by Dohr Wolfsberg, which is also part of the Austrian Rally Championship, were the Austrians Simon Wagner/Gerald Winter in their Škoda Fabia RS Rally2. Four teams from the Mitropa Rally Cup classification made it into the top 10 of this highly competitive rally. Led by Albert von Thurn und Taxis in 6th place overall, Philip Geipel followed in 7th position. Robert Kolčák and Hermann Gaßner finished in 9th and 10th place overall. This once again demonstrates the high level of competition in the Mitropa Rally Cup this year.