France - Opel Tigra wins opening ice race at Val Thorens... Brazil - Vectra wins at Interlagos Super Touring... Britain - ‘Svansong’ for Astra in RAC Rally... 8.12.97

France - Opel Tigra wins opening ice race at Val Thorens...

Yvan Muller gave the Opel Tigra its first success of the new ice racing season when he drove the Opel Team France car to victory in the opening round of the popular Andros Trophy at Val Thorens on Sunday.

Muller won two of his heats to hold pole position for the final, in which he beat Pierre Colard (Peugeot) with Markku Alen (Opel) taking podium place. Opel took podium place in the other final with James Ruffier, followed home in fourth place by Dany Snobeck (Opel).

Race classification:

1        Yvan Muller                Opel
2        Marcel Tarres        BMW
3        Pierre Colard                Peugeot
4        James Ruffier        Opel
5        Markku Alen                Opel
6        Philippe Gache        Mega

Andros Trophy (drivers) - after 1 round:

1        Yvan Muller                Opel                100 points
2        Marcel Tarres        BMW                97
3        Pierre Colard                Peugeot        95
4        James Ruffier        Opel                93
5        Markku Alen                Opel                91
6        Philippe Gache        Mega                90

Andros Trophy (manufacturers) - after 1 round:

1        Opel                56 points
2        Nissan        41
3        Daewoo        40
4        BMW                29

Brazil - Vectra wins at Interlagos Super Touring...

Flavio Figueiredo scored his second consecutive victory in the South American Super Touring championship, driving his Vectra to success in the shortened 23-lap race at the Interlagos circuit in San Paulo, Brazil. Figueiredo claimed pole position and led from start to finish, scooping fastest lap in the process - with two wins under his belt, this late starter in the series now moves into sixth place in the championship.

Race:

1        Flavio Figueiredo                Vectra
2        Emiliano Spataro                BMW
3        Asvaldo Lopez                Alfa Romeo
4        Patricio Spinella                BMW
5        Ricardo Risatti                Ford
6        Oscar Fineschi                Toyota

Sudam Touring Cars - after 9 rounds:

1        Asvaldo Lopez                Alfa Romeo                101 points
2        Oscar Larrauri                BMW                        91
3        Javier Balvano                Vectra                        78
4        Oscar Fineschi                Toyota                73
5        Patricio Spinella                BMW                        70
6        Flavio Figueiredo                Vectra                        65

Britain - ‘Svansong’ for Astra in RAC Rally...

Per Svan gave the old style Opel Astra a fitting farewell in Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship when he finished third in the competitive F2 section of the RAC Rally. Svan, driving for the Swedish Opel Dealer Team, was pitched against a tough field of kit-car specification machines and put in a splendid performance to bring the Astra home third after three days of hard forest action in the southern half of Britain.

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