Boucles de Spa notes 97-02-17

Motorsport News International INTER BELGIAN RALLY : Boucles de Spa Patrick HAYOT Mon Feb 17 1997 BELGIAN RALLY : Boucles de Spa BRUNO THIRY (No. 1 Ford Escort Cosworth Gr. A) -- In the "La Glaize" stage, the turbo presure is down. ...

Motorsport News International INTER BELGIAN RALLY : Boucles de Spa

Patrick HAYOT Mon Feb 17 1997

BELGIAN RALLY : Boucles de Spa

BRUNO THIRY (No. 1 Ford Escort Cosworth Gr. A) -- In the "La Glaize" stage, the turbo presure is down. Verreydt is fast came back. No difficulties to pass us because we knew at this moment we lost all victory chance. We were in this time lead of the "Boucles" but a mechanical accesorie decid trough our race. I had continued to get out the stage and no the finish line it's the motor broked ! No lucky.

RENAUD VERREYDT (No.5 Toyota Celica GT-4) -- I was afraid but this victory is surely the most beautiful moment in my live ! All mechanicals, team manager, Freddy say me : You are able to make it. Five kilometers so I believe the were the most long of my race live. At flyn finish, we were staided in our car and waited Patrick. All people was around the car. It was silencious when a man has said : Verreydt is the winner! They were crazy -- we too. I dedicate this to the great-grandmother's birthday (107 years !).

PATRICK SNIJERS (No.4 Ford Escort Cosworth Gr A) -- We have playing our joker in the "Ster" stage. I have seen Verreydt and De Mevius make the security tyres choice. Wimter tyres for they, mixte for us. After 500 meters, all was OK and my felling was well. It was the " big " attack. 49 sec. better than Verreydt ! We were exaequo just for the last stage. In this, I have drive very, very fast. Limit but not enough, Verreydt, with his 2 secondes, is a very good winner. Now, our team is waiting the new Escort WRC.

GREGOIRE DE MEVIUS (No.3 Ford Escort WRC) -- I belived make a good operation in Ster. But Snijers has maked the best choice. I lost there all benefice of my race and my second position. It's a little deception but starting with the first WRC, was too a challenge.

JEAN-PIERRE VANDEWAUVER (No.9 Peugeot 106 Kit Car) -- Stolfa and his Skoda were fantastic. Since the first stage to the flyng finish, we were always in struggle. One more him, one more us, it was funny and so stimulant. Through my week, I have maked only one fault. In the (Gue des Artiste passage, we have touched. It was enough for drive a little more slowly.

KURT HECKTERS (No. 10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III Gr. N) -- Sure, I was in my garden. But drive this Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III it's a really pleasure. This has no reference with my Citroen ZX mini Gr A of '96. First race, first place in Gr. N and five at finish, I think my week-end is very good. Absolutely perfect !

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