The 7th Round of The European Rally Championships - At the end of Day 2 Italian Delight on Madeira.... Renato Travaglia completed a remarkable second day of The Rali Vinho da Madeira when he came from third place, 5.8 secs behind the leader ...
The 7th Round of The European Rally Championships - At the end of Day 2 Italian Delight on Madeira....
Renato Travaglia completed a remarkable second day of The Rali Vinho da Madeira when he came from third place, 5.8 secs behind the leader and then had a string of 5 stage wins which gave him the lead. Even though Campos and Thiry had stage wins at the end of the day, the Italian still ended up the overnight leader with an advantage of 5.6 seconds.
Already on the first stage of the day there was drama when Evgeny Vasin hit a lamp post at a road junction after 4 kms. The crash damaged his brakes and he pulled into the side and had to retire.
On the way to Stage 4, Manfred Stohl decided to warm his tyres, he reved his engine and promptly blew his turbo.
Patrick Snijers appeared to be settling into 4th place overall, when he developed engine problems on Stage 9 and had to retire.
In other classes, Vitor Sa leads in A7, Armindo Araujo has the advantage in the Super 1600's in a Citroen Saxo Kit Car and Abel Spinola leads in Gr.N in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7.
Renato Travaglia - Peugeot 206 WRC
I am very happy with the way it went today and although it will be difficult tomorrow I hope that I can remain in the lead till the end.
Bruno Thiry - Peugeot 206 WRC
Just 5.6 seconds behind and anything can happen tomorrow. The two long stages of 27.30 kms could be a problem with regards to the tyres, but other than that I am satisfied with how it has gone today,
Miguel Campos - Peugeot 206 WRC
I lost 6 seconds on the last stage when my car stopped at the start. Everything is possible and tomorrow its big attack time for me.
Rali Vinho da Madeira
After Day 2
1. Renato Travaglia......1hr 26min 27.2sec.
2. Bruno Thiry..............1hr 26min 32.8sec
3. Miguel Campos.........1hr 26min 37.3sec
4. Henrik Lundgaard.....1hr 27min 57.7sec
5. Francois Delecour.....1hr 28min 15.3sec
Tomorrow the teams face another grueling day with 11 stages, before we will know who takes the winners podium at 1920hrs.