The 29th Velenje Rally, with its short speed trials, took care of small differences between the racers, and we did not see a repeat of last year's showdown for victory this year.
The overall victory was celebrated by the German Manuel Kossler, who justified the role of the favorite by driving at the border. His attacking performance cost him a good ranking on Saturnus, where he smashed his Subaru Impreza R4, and in Velenje he won at his expense with a nine and a half second advantage over another German, Hermann Gassner in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X R4, both fought in the Šaleška valley for points in the Mitropa Cup.
Aleks Humar also drove offensively, as a result he made some mistakes that would soon cost him the final rankings, but the Renault Clia R3 from Idrija always managed to save it from the worst.
“Maybe I was a little too fast, the back of the car took off and we were already under the road,” Humar explained one of the biggest mistakes. "We found our way back, and two hundred meters ahead we were turned again by dirty tires."
Humar simply couldn't compete with all-wheel drive in a two-wheeled car without a mistake, which cost him about 20 seconds. They were able to show all their strength, especially at the Zavodnja test, where the ascending road is wider.
Asja Zupanc managed to get closer to Humar with an excellent ride in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX, she was even better than him in two tests, but in the end she and her co-driver Blanka Kacin were "too short" and Humar celebrated a new victory. was fourth. However, Zupančeva managed to beat Rok Turk, who is usually faster than her with the Peugeot 208 R2.
Asja led to the finish line with 24 seconds behind Humar, and 32 seconds ahead of Turk.
Grega Premrl was a little less than a minute behind the Turk with the new Citroen DS3 R3T race car, with which he seems to have become quite friendly. With his performance, he hinted that he will most likely become a dangerous competitor in the fight for the top places for the rest of the season.
It was also close between Alan Pajk and Tim Novak. The Peugeot 208 R2 racer and the Fabia R2 were separated by 4 seconds in the finish.
Matjaž Mihevc prevailed in the first part of the rally, leading by more than 21 seconds after six trials, ahead of Martin Mlinar, who prepared a solid counterattack on both repetitions of the Zavodnja trials. The turnaround was faster and took the lead by 1.4 seconds before the last HP. Mihevc did everything to break back into the lead, but in the super special Jezero, Mlinar was ten times faster and thus secured the victory with a 1.5 second advantage.
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