Ford Galpenergia Racing Casinos do Algarve Rally stage one report

CASINOS DO ALGARVE RALLY - SS1 5th fastest for Rui Madeira on the Superspecial Stage Monte Gordo, October 26, 2001 - Representing the Ford Galpenergia Racing team, Rui Madeira and Fernando Prata got the 5th fastest mark on the opening stage of...

CASINOS DO ALGARVE RALLY - SS1
5th fastest for Rui Madeira on the Superspecial Stage

Monte Gordo, October 26, 2001 - Representing the Ford Galpenergia Racing team, Rui Madeira and Fernando Prata got the 5th fastest mark on the opening stage of the Casinos do Algarve Rally.

On a Superspecial Stage drawn on the Faro ancient city area, the Ford Focus WRC pair decided, as usual "not to take any risks on a so small special stage drawn between sidewalks", said Madeira. "As we have said in the past when this stages take place, it is easy to loose so much time in case something goes wrong. So, we saw this stage as a resume of our testing session, in order to check the solutions we choose for the rally".

As for objectives, "tomorrow we will charge all the way from the beginning, so we can define a strategy for the rest of the event. This is a very small rally, with about 100 km of special stages, so any major time difference will become very difficult to recover. Let's wait and see how the first round of stages go and then we'll think about the rest of the rally. But we will be ready to discuss victory and recover some of the points gap towards our opponents".

Adruzilo Lopes (Peugeot) won this first stage, being followed at 0.3 secs by Pedro Matos Chaves (Toyota). Pedro Leal (Mitsubishi) was the fastest among the Group N cars, with the 3rd best score, and was followed by two Ford models: the Escort RS Cosworth of José Peres and the Ford Galpenergia Racing team Focus WRC.

Tomorrow the event begins at 07h30, while the day opening stage will be run at 08h26, for the first run around the Serra de Tavira, Terra de Loulé and Tavira special stages, which will then be run for another two times during the day.

Classification after SS1: 1st A. Lopes/L. Lisboa (Peugeot), 1m56,3s; 2nd P. M. Chaves/S. Paiva (Toyota), at 0,3s; 3rd P. Leal/L. Ramalho (Mitsubishi), at 2,9s; 4th J. Peres/A. Manuel (Ford Escort RS Cosworth), at 3,5s; 5thFord Galpenergia Racing - Rui Madeira/Fernando Prata (Ford Focus WRC), at 3,6s; 6th R. Teodósio/T. Avelar (Mitsubishi), at 3,9s.

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