Dutch driver Hans Weijs Jr. escaped from his heavy crash on Saturday with a an injured knee and foot and a hefty repair bill for his Citroen C2 S1600.
The Dutch KNAF Talent First Team Holland driver made a briliant start to the rally and after day one led the J-WRC class for the first time in his career.
Weijs Jr lost the lead to Aaron Burkart on Saturday, but was only 7.7sec behind when a heavy accident on the last stage – SS14 – brought his event to an end. He was taken to hospital after the smash and remained there overnight for precaustionary checks.
“I’m feeling alright, although I have a painful right knee and left foot,” said Weijs. “I’m terribly disappointed that we lost the chance for a good result here. We have to do a good job in Portugal and score a top-three result to stay in touch with the competition; but I’m confident we can do that and we showed this weekend that we don’t have to be afraid of the competition. But we have to go and find some additional budget to cover the costs to repair the car…”