Plamen Staikov, who accidentally had a puncture in the 2nd staged of the rally “Bulgaria”, rides on the limit with full throttle in the 3rd stage “Avren 1” and was the fastest in it. He set a time of 8:57.4 min and outpaced by 13.4 sec the leader in the overall standings Yagiz Avci with codriver Bahadir Gusenmez with Peugeot 208 R5. Ugur Soylu was third for the stage with the codriver Aras Dincer. The successful performance of Ignat Isaev with codriver Milen Iliev from the start of the rally continues. He is the fastest in the stage of the Bulgarian drivers with a time of 9: 24.7 min, being the 5th overall.
In the general standings a leader is Yagiz Avci with a total time of 38:05.4 min. He has an advance of over 1 minute ahead of Burak Cukurova / Vedat Bostanci with Škoda Fabia R5 – 39:11.1 min Isaev continues to be the 3rd 0 1:47 min from the leading driver. With his victory at the stage Staykov moved to 27th position in the overall standings. In the single-car championship Hyundai Racing Trophy the fastest in the stage was Martin Koev, who left behind him Simeon Simeonov. The latter continues to lead Koev in the overall standings with 15.5 seconds.
Meanwhile, it became clear that for technical reasons Orhan Avcioglu is out with Ford Fiesta R5 before the start of the 2nd stage. He has broken an alternator belt that rotates the water pump. He was driving without hydraulics.