Funchal, August 3, 2001 - After a relatively calm, although competitive, 1st Leg on this 2001 Vinho Madeira Rally, Rui Madeira and Fernando Prata took their Ford Focus WRC back to Funchal up on 4th place. To the Ford Galpenergia Racing pair, ...
Funchal, August 3, 2001 - After a relatively calm, although competitive, 1st Leg on this 2001 Vinho Madeira Rally, Rui Madeira and Fernando Prata took their Ford Focus WRC back to Funchal up on 4th place.
To the Ford Galpenergia Racing pair, "it was a very long but profitable day, although we were not able to catch up Adruzilo Lopes' Peugeot's strong pace. The only problem that affected us was a puncture on SS4, due to a rock on a 'blind' corner, around 2 to 3 km before the end of the stage, where we lost around 13 secs. From then on, we caught up the rhythm and registered times among the five best scores, climbing up the leader-board", said Rui Madeira at the day's last Service Area.
In fact, throughout the 15 stages run today, they got three 2nd best times and the same number of 3rd scores, among other interesting records, rarely loosing more than 4 secs for Lopes and matching up the other main competitors' pace. As for their evolution on the leader-board throughout the day, they started to climb from 10th to 6th after SS5, and then to 4th, after SS 9, having caught up Pedro Matos Chaves (Toyota) and then Miguel Campos (Peugeot). On the late afternoon following stages they were able to maintain that position, finally granting it once the day came to an end after three more stages.
"It will be difficult to recover the time we lost today to Adruzilo, who is making a great performance, with no mistakes so far. So tomorrow we will try at least to reach 2nd, in front of Piero Liatti and Andrea Aghini's two Subarus", said Madeira.
Tomorrow (Saturday) there are 10 more stages to run, totalling 133.68 km, with a double round through the rally longest, the 27.2 km of Ribeiro Frio. The start at Funchal is scheduled for 7h20, while the arrival of the winner to the podium in front of Clube Sports Madeira headquarters will happen at 18h59.
CLASSIFICAÇÃO 2nd LEG (PROVISIONAL): 1st A. Lopes/L. Lisboa (Peugeot),1h29m53.2s 2nd P. Liatti/C. Cassina (Subaru), a 58.2s 3rd A. Aghini/A. Materazzetti (Subaru), a 59.7s 4th Ford Galpenergia Racing - Rui Madeira/Fernando Prata (Ford Focus WRC), a 1m15.7s 5th M. Campos/C. Magalhães (Peugeot) a 1m22.5s 6th H. Lundgaard/J. C. Anker (Toyota), a 1m27.3s