ERC: Future World Rallye de Wallonie review

Antwerpen, May 6th 2002 Rallye de Wallonie (B) - May 4 & 5th 2002 Offered win to Gr.N car and podium place for Future World. Future World was a very disappointed team at the finish of Rallye de Wallonie, as a promised win for Rocco ...

Antwerpen, May 6th 2002 Rallye de Wallonie (B) - May 4 & 5th 2002

Offered win to Gr.N car and podium place for Future World.

Future World was a very disappointed team at the finish of Rallye de Wallonie, as a promised win for Rocco Theunissen and Elisabeth Genten (Toyota Corolla WRC) turned into a second place after gearbox problems. Impressive Van Woensel (Subaru Gr.N) won a rainy rally while Boxoen (Subaru WRC) finished third. Theunissen (10 pts) is now leading rival Boxoen (7 pts) after round 2 of the Belgian Division 1 Rally Championship.

Despite persistent rains, Theunissen took a perfect start, finishing long day 1 (15 SS) more than one minute ahead of Van Woensel and Boxoen. Sunday morning, Theunissen signed five 'scratches' and extended his leading to 1'40'. At 12:00 AM, a broken turbo cost 1 minute on SS 22 before a unknown transmission problem forced Theunissen to run last three special stages with only third gearbox. Win was offered to new Van Woensel's Gr.N car while Boxoen went off (SS 25) trying also to catch an unexpected victory. Fourth overall and winning SS1600 category, Cols (Punto S1600) has 13 points at the head of the Belgian points table.

"It's always difficult to accept a so hard technical verdict when these two parts - a turbo and the gearbox - just came back from revision, told Girard Magniette, team manager of Future World. We met no problem till SS22, when everything collapsed for us. Thanks to a very clever driving, Rocco managed to save a second place. This is not a bad result for the championship."

Next rally for Belgian squad Future World is round 3 of the Coef. 20 European Rally Championship with Polish driver Leszek Kuzaj.

Classification

1.Van Woensel-Chevaillier (B/B) (Subaru Impreza WRX Gr.N) in 1h59'54' 2. Theunissen-Genten (NL/B) (Toyota Corolla WRC Future World) at 0.15; 3. Boxoen-Prevot (B/B) (Subaru Impreza WRC) at 0.19; 4. Cols-Elst (B/B) (Fiat Punto S1600) at 3.07; 5. Loix-Meert (B/B) (Renault Clio S1600) at 4.10...

Belgian championship (after round 2)

1.Cols: 13 pts (1 win); 2 ex.: Theunissen & Van Woensel (1 win) : 10 pts; 4. Boxoen: 7 pts; 5. Munster : 6 pts...

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