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Catalunya - Roger Feghali second in Group N

25 March 2001-Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava, the fourth stage of the World Rally Championship ended at 16:56 hrs. Leg 3 and the last day for the WRC Catalunya - Costa Brava, saw Feghali's invasion of the WRC. Roger Feghali. Photo: Duby ...

25 March 2001-Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava, the fourth stage of the World Rally Championship ended at 16:56 hrs. Leg 3 and the last day for the WRC Catalunya - Costa Brava, saw Feghali's invasion of the WRC.


Roger Feghali. Photo: Duby Miller.

Roger Feghali, first time participant in a World Rally Championship and four times champion of the Rally of Lebanon, has completed the Catalunya Rally with an astonishing result. His overall ranking at the end of the rally was nineteen, and second in his category, Group N.

Today, the competition was fought out over six special stages and 188 kilometers, including two runs over the famous stage underneath the bridge (Collsesplanes) where thousands of spectators got a birds-eye view of the action. This is where thousands of spectators saw Feghali's finest performance as he completed the stage with a scratch in Group N. On SS15 (Collsesplanes) Feghali-Brissart became the leaders of Group N.

Feghali and co-driver, Bruno Brissart, started the day with an amazing performance as they completed the first special stage SS13 (Coll des Bracons) of the day in second position in Group N. Feghali was so eager to maintain his third position that he decided to adopt the strategy of attack. So eager that on SS15 he managed to get the best time in Group N. After this stage Feghali clearly secured his position in second place. SS17 (Osor) was interrupted after ten cars, and all remaining competitors were given the slowest times of the first ten cars.

SS18 (Collsespanes) was the last stage of the day. Feghali completed this stage in fourth position, but at the end of the rally he finished nineteenth in the general classification and second in Group N.

Feghali was overjoyed with his performance. He said: "I feel I am on top of the world."

-rally-net

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