HILLCLIMB: Master Rally "Italian Pikes Peak" day one

Italian version Pikes Peak... The Master Rallye left the bivouac of Magione in the cool of this morning's air! The departure of the first motorcycle was given at 4.30 am and that of the first car at 5.35 am. SS2 Bagnara - Bagnara: 23.23 ...

Italian version Pikes Peak...

The Master Rallye left the bivouac of Magione in the cool of this morning's air! The departure of the first motorcycle was given at 4.30 am and that of the first car at 5.35 am.

SS2 Bagnara - Bagnara: 23.23 km Christened the Italian Pikes Peak, this special designed by Ezio Sisti, proved to be less sinuous and more rapid than that of the previous day. Amongst the motorcyclists, Giovanni Sala on KTM N°1 set off the knife between his teeth after having changed down to 17th position further to his penalty the day before. He stood out with 25' advance over his two team companions, Kari Tiainen, N°2, and Jean Brucy, N°4, who both achieved the same scratch in 18'08. Amongst the cars, the two Schlesser buggies found the special to be worthy of them and took the best from Jutta Kleinschmidt's Mitsubishi, Josep Servia, N°202, signed the team's first scratch. The competitors ran the 495.98 kilometres of the road section running along the Adriatic coast. If anyone was tempted to "dive in", they had to give up this lovely idea without agonizing because time was short to reach Tore Nobia.

SS3 Torre Di Nebia - Masseria: 47.13 km

A dash of navigation was on the menu this afternoon on a track which in spite of everything was very driveable.

A small but pleasant change in the programme had been announced during the briefing the previous day. The road section to Bari which was to avoid Altamura initially, was re-routed finally to cross the centre of the city; the opportunity for the competitors to discover its splendid cathedral built by Frederick II in the XXIIIth century. A podium had been erected in front of the town hall and the Mayor was very proud to welcome the Master Rallye and give everyone a souvenir...

Laurent Mouillard on his Yamaha N°31, although allowed to run in spite of his problems the day before, withdrew as from the first special of the day. As for Luc Fernandez on his BMW N°21, he gave up taking the departure, confronted with more mechanical problems. Problem for Thierry de Lavergne N° 203, who punctured 500 metres after the beginning of the 3rd SS, the 6' lost due to a rebellious jack provoked an attack of madness which enabled him to catch up with Wambergue's Pro Truck that he followed for the last 12 kilometres, but impossible to overtake it.

Grégoire de Mevius, N° 205, clocked in 2' late at the time control of the arrival of the road section in Bari...

Thierry Magnaldi was stopped due to a mechanical breakdown at Km 27 in the second SS of the day; as for team N°231 Raynal/Panis, it was a somersault without gravity for the team, certainly due to a badly negotiated camber which slowed down their progress!

Time to meet up on the quays of Bari where everyone will embark directly for a night crossing of the Adriatic Sea. There is no doubt that this long night on the sea will be appreciated, as tomorrow the longest leg of the Master Rallye 2001 awaits the competitors.

On the programme tomorrow...

The minute the wheeltouches down in Greece, the motorcyclists and car-drivers will set off on a road section of over 131 km to reach the departure of the first special of the day. Located in the surroundings of Ionina, the SS4, 97.43 km long, is partially included in the very sinuous trace of one of the specials of the National rally. After a regrouping parc at the foot of the famous white tower of Salonica, the race will continue its ride from West to East. Finally, the 360.94 km of the fourth and last road section of the day will have to be covered to arrive at the bivouac of Kesan: goodbye Greece, hallo Turkey! THEY SAID - THEY SAID - THEY SAID - THEY SAID - THEY SAID - THEY SAID - THEY SAID

Giovanni SALA N°1: "I didn't have any problems, I drove very well on the 1st SS of the day and the knife is between my teeth after my penalty of yesterday! The descent was slippery and fairly difficult to approach in some places but it was a lovely special. The 2nd SS was easier and the navigation at the end of the special was nice!"

Andrea MAYER N°5: "I will never forget the magical picture of this Pikes Peak, a superb red sun emerging! As for the SS3, there was quite a bit of navigation towards the end but I know that it is nothing compared with what is coming! I think I may be 4th in the overall rating this evening according to my calculations, therefore it was a very good day for me.

J-P Cottret, Wambergue's co-driver N°207, displayed enormous enthusiasm this evening "the Pro Truck was very much at ease on these wide and slippery tracks, the SS3 was really perfect for us and the navigation at the end of the special was really nice!".

J-L Schlesser / H. Magne N°200: "The 1'37 difference that I apparently have with Jutta should be checked, she left at 13 instead of 14 at the departure of the SS3, I'm sure that there is a mistake, we will have to wait to see her clocking-in card!"

*The leg classifications and overall car ratings of the day will not be edited this evening, there will only be the results of the SSs as a problem connected with Jutta Kleinschmidt's clocking in card was confirmed before embarkation on the boat, it is therefore Servia who due to this fact wins the scratch of the SS3 followed by Kleinschmidt, Schlesser and De Mevius.

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Provisional classifications of the SS3:

MOTORCYCLES 1 Tiainen N°2 38'53 2 Sala N°1 39,54 3 Brucy N°4 40'34 4 Deacon N°3 40'51 5 Borsi N°6 43'00 6 Lebon N°18 43'42 7 Mayer N°5 44'44 8 Cascino °12 44'46 9 Griep N°15 46'10 10 Py N°14 47'26

-MR

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Series Cross-Country Rally
Drivers Jutta Kleinschmidt , Thierry de Lavergne , Jean Brucy , Gregoire de Mevius , Thierry Magnaldi