Thiry still in command-- At the end of the second day of the 38th Rallye Antibes-Azur, Bruno Thiry, Peugeot 206 WRC, has increased his lead over Championship leader Miguel Campos, Peugeot 206 WRC, to 49.3 seconds. Vaclav Pech is third and Tim...
Thiry still in command--
At the end of the second day of the 38th Rallye Antibes-Azur, Bruno Thiry, Peugeot 206 WRC, has increased his lead over Championship leader Miguel Campos, Peugeot 206 WRC, to 49.3 seconds. Vaclav Pech is third and Tim Van Parijs fourth, but several have had anxious moments.
After winning all four of the opening days stages and establishing a lead of 19.7 seconds, Thiry continued to dominate the second leg as well. When the first circuit of 4 stages had been completed, he had extended his lead to 35.9secs and won 3 of the 4 stages. However, on Stage 8 he heard some unusual noises coming from his gearbox which got worse and began to give problems on Stage 10. They chose to change gearboxes and completed the day taking both the final stages without further problems. "I think that the previous record time by Peugeot for changing the gearbox and ancillary part was 22 minutes--our guys did it in 19 minutes and the temperature was -3--.and we didn`t incur any time penalties," said Marc Van Dalen, the delighted Team Manager. "All credit to our service crew," added a relieved Thiry.
For Campos, the set-up was not optimal on the first stage of the day when he lost nearly 9 seconds to the leader, but when he made some adjustments things went better and he won both Stages 7 and 10. "I am going as fast as I can in the circumstances, but its difficult to match Bruno who is used to these types of stages," he said.
In third place overall is Vaclav Pech but he is over 8 minutes behind the leader. "I have had no problems today and the car is perfect," said a smiling Pech as he patted the bonnet of his Focus WRC. "This is my darling."
Tim Van Parijs, the 32 year old Belgian is in fourth place. "Nobody is more surprised than me with this placing, I am delighted," beamed Van Parijs. "I broke the turbo on Stage 10 and lost a little time," he added.
Tomorrow, there are three stages which again they will drive twice. They will certainly make a fitting end to the Championship - Col de L'Able, Luceram and Col de Turini, especially as the news came through that it was snowing at the top of Turini.
38th Rallye Antibes-Azur
Result after Day 2
1. Bruno Thiry Peugeot 206 WRC 2hr 33.42.0 sec
2. Miguel Campos Peugeot 206 WRC 2hr 34.31.3sec
3. Vaclav Pech Ford Focus WRC 2hr 42.08.7sec
4. Tim Van Parijs Mitsubishi Evo.6 2hr 29.46.5sec