Rallye Catalunya: Final Results

1999 Rallye Movistar Catalunya - Costa Brava Official Site: http://www.rallyecatalunya.com/99/indexi.htm Round 5 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 19-21 April Philippe Bugalski & Jean-Paul Chiaroni in a Formula 2 Citroen Xsara Kit Car ...

Rallye Catalunya: Final Results

1999 Rallye Movistar Catalunya - Costa Brava Official Site: http://www.rallyecatalunya.com/99/indexi.htm Round 5 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 19-21 April

Philippe Bugalski & Jean-Paul Chiaroni in a Formula 2 Citroen Xsara Kit Car have won the 1999 Rallye Catalunya by just over 30 seconds from Didier Auriol and Tommi Makinen. "I tried to go as fast as I could to make things difficult for the Toyota cars" said Bugalski as he took 2 stage wins.

Auriol was the first of the WRC cars home. "We attacked hard using the whole road but without taking too many risks. It was just not possible to catch Bugalski" said Didier.

Carlos Sainz had a terrible day. After starting in 3rd position he had two punctures during the day, the second of which damaged the alternator belt and after a short time he lost power and he retired on the liason from the end of the final stage to rally finish. "There is nothing more to say, luck has again not been on our side. We went from third to nowhere," said Carlos.

Makinen passed Loix and as Sainz dropped down the list, he finished in 3rd place. "This has been a tough rally this year and I am very pleased to get third place, especially after we got this one-minute penalty when they said we jumped the start. The car and the team have been really good", Makinen declared.

Belgians Freddy Loix and Sven Smeets richly deserved their fourth place and their first points for Mitsubishi after a brave drive since their big Safari crash in February. "My experience on asphalt with the Mitsubishi is not very great, so taking everything together, I am happy with the result, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and find some more speed", Loix stated.

Colin McRae was withdrawn by Ford last night as their testing was complete and they now work for Corsica.

Luis Climent won the Teams Cup for the Valencia Terra Mar Team. "We are very satisfied with the Rallye we made. We have been marking times similar to Kankkunen's. Therefore I can only make a wonderful evaluation of the Rallye. The difference in budgets does not let us end in a better position" said Luis.

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Unofficial final results:

 1 Bugalski Citroen Xsara 4:13:45,6 2 Auriol Toyota Corolla 4:14:17,4 3 Sainz Toyota Corolla  4:16:06,7 4 Loix Mit Carimsa 4:16:21,0 5 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 4:17:47,5 6 Burns Subaru Impreza 4:18:32,9 7 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 4:18:46,9 8 Thiry Subaru Impreza 4:19:34,3 9 Gomez Renault Maxi Megane 4:20:14,4 10 Climent Subaru Impreza 4:20:53,0 

Group N:

 1 Al Wahaibi Mit Lancer 4:36:18,3 2 Manfrinato Mit Lancer 4:36:41,2 3 Trelles Mit Lancer Evo V 4:39:21,8 

Formula 2:

 1 Bugalski Citroen Xsara 4:13:45,6 2 Gomez Renault Maxi Megane 4:19:34,3 3 Monzon Peugeot 3O6 Maxi 4:26:52,5 

Teams Cup:

1 Valencia Terra Mar Team Luis Climent Subaru (GrpA) 4:20:53,0 2 Toyota Team Saudi Abdhullah Bakashab Corolla (GrpA) 4:26:58,8 3 Team Mitsubishi Oman Hamed Al Wahaibi Lancer (GrpN) 4:36:18,3 4 Winfield World Rally Team Michael Guest Subaru (GrpN) 4:46:22,0

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Stage Winners:

SS15 - Makinen, SS16 - Makinen, SS17 - Bugalski, SS18 - Bugalski, SS19 - Auriol

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SS 15, COLL DE SANTIGOSA 10.62km

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 6:49,2 2 Sainz Toyota Corolla 6:52,5 3 Bugalski Citroen Xsara 6:52,6 4 Burns Subaru Impreza 6:54,1 5 Auriol Toyota Corolla 6:54,6 

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SS 16, COLL DE BRACONS 19.89km

Notes:

Didier Auriol (Toyota): "I will continue pressuring Bugalski, but without risking myself. I have to dominate the road going fast and without losing control".

Carlos Sainz (Toyota): "The car goes well and I feel comfortable, but I have to control what Loix and Makinen are doing".

Freddy Loix (Mitsubishi): "I think I drove well, I went to the limit, but Carlos Sainz is above me".

Philippe Bugalski (Citroën): "I'm having some problems with the brakes".

Bruno Thiry (Subaru): "I had problems with the mousse in kilometer 10 and I had a lot trouble controlling the steering".

Luís Climent (Subaru): "I am relaxed and saving the tires for the next stages".

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 13:08,8 2 Auriol Toyota Corolla 13:11,7 3 Sainz Toyota Corolla 13:13,2 4 Bugalski Citroen Xsara 13:13,7 5 Gomez Renault Maxi Megane 13:17,0 

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SS 17, LA TRONA 12.86km

Notes:

Philippe Bugalski (Citroën): "Everything is going well and I'm satisfied about my performance". He lowered the time that he did in this same stage during the first leg by three seconds.

Didier Auriol (Toyota): "I am choosing the best road course and I try to attack".

Tommi Makinen (Mitsubishi): He arrived with a damaged front left rim.

Bruno Thiry (Subaru): "The truth is that I am starting to be very tired".

Oriol Gómez (Renault): "I'm very happy. I feel very good and the car works perfectly". He finished this stage in the fifth place and is still leader in the classification for the Spanish Championship.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Bugalski Citroen Xsara 8:31,3 2 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 8:32,7 3 Auriol Toyota Corolla 8:33,6 4 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 8:37,1 5 Loix Mit Carimsa 8:38,1 

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SS 18, LA FULLACA-ARBUCIES 32.64km

Notes:

Philippe Bugalski (Citroën): "I tried to go as fast as I could to make things difficult for the Toyota cars".

Carlos Sainz (Toyota): "In this stage I had the same problem as in the previous one, the tire came off the wheel, the alternator belt broke, and the battery ran out of power; we will try to get to Lloret, but I don't know if we will make it. We have been very unlucky",

Oriol Gómez (Renault): "There was a lot of gravel and we punctured twice. We very lucky that the mousse let us continue the race".

Luís Climent (Subaru): "We made times similar to the other Subaru cars. We proved that we can also do a good job. Now we will keep the mechanics until the end".

Didier Auriol (Citroën): "We are conformed with the second position. Now we are a bit more relaxed".

Richard Burns (Subaru): "We've had the same problem with the tires. The car has very strange reactions with the steering".

Bruno Thiry (Subaru): "I ran out of assisted steering and my arms are very tired".

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Bugalski Citroen Xsara 20:24,9 2 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 20:31,1 3 Auriol Toyota Corolla 20:38,4 4 Loix Mit Carimsa 20:46,8 5 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 20:48,1 

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SS 19, CLADELLS 15.27km

Notes:

Philippe Bugalski (Citroën): "It has been a very tough and important stage for us, and especially for Citroën. We all made a great effort".

Carlos Sainz (Toyota): "What happened to us today was just too much. The alternator belt broke and we ran out of battery. What can you do about it?"

Didier Auriol (Toyota): "I congratulate Bugalski and Citroën, because they did a very good job, but they are not risking anything, and we are. I don't think the regulation is fair because we are harmed by it".

Oriol Gómez (Renault): "We had many problems with the suspension and geometry at the beginning of the Rallye. We were doing better each time, and I think we can do a good Spanish Championship".

Luís Climent (Subaru): "We are very satisfied with the Rallye we made. We have been marking times similar to Kankkunen's. Therefore I can only make a wonderful evaluation of the Rallye. The difference in budgets does not let us end in a better position".

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Auriol Toyota Corolla 10:08,3 2 Burns Subaru Impreza 10:09,1 3 Bugalski Citroen Xsara 10:10,0 4 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 10:10,5 5 Loix Mit Carimsa 10:19,1 

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"Cynan 'Dusty' Rhodes" <cynan@harvestroad.com.au>

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