Daprà stops in the third leg of the Rallye Monte-Carlo


The third stage of the 92nd Rallye Monte-Carlo turned bitter for Roberto Daprà. After tactfully driving the first three special stages, he had to stop at the start of the 12th stage due to the failure of the accessory belt tensioner bearing. At that point, he was in the 16th overall position and 7th among the WRC2s. The 22-year-old ACI Team Italia driver showcased good qualities on the 120.40 km of timed sections in the third stage, consistently marking the 8th fastest time on the Esparron-Oze (18.79 km), Les Nonières-Chichilianne (20.04 km), and Pellafol-Agnières en Dévoluy (21.37 km). However, the inconvenience awaited him at the start of the 12th stage in Esparron, forcing him to raise the white flag. Nevertheless, the Italian crew will still be on the starting line for tomorrow's final stage.

"We had started the day cautiously in the first stage," commented the 22-year-old ACI Team Italia driver. "Then, in the second stage, we found a good pace, losing some time due to a spin. Finally, in the last morning stage, we defended ourselves well. It is disappointing to have stopped in the early afternoon; we were unlucky because the accessory belt tensioner bearing broke, and we could not restart for the second pass. The mechanics have already fixed the car. Now, I am studying how to adjust the Skoda in terms of setup for tomorrow's stage. We'll try to gain more experience and have fun."

THE RALLY. The 92nd edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo will see the final leg, Gap-Monaco, covering only 52.12 km of timed sections divided into three special stages: La Bréole-Selonnet (18.31 km), Digne les Bains-Chaudon Norante (19.01 km), and the power stage of La Bollène Vésubie-Col de Turini (14.80 km) scheduled for 12:15, live on SKY Sport, followed by the final award ceremony at Place du Casino at 16:15.