The 7th Round of The European Rally Championship - new leader... New leader after 9 stages There is a new leader of the Rali Vinho da Madeira. After 9 stages the current European Champion, Renato Travaglia, is leading by 5.4seconds from Bruno ...
The 7th Round of The European Rally Championship - new leader...
New leader after 9 stages
There is a new leader of the Rali Vinho da Madeira. After 9 stages the current European Champion, Renato Travaglia, is leading by 5.4seconds from Bruno Thiry with Miguel Campos in third place. After a slow start when he needed to make adjustments to his Peugeot 206 WRC, he took the lead on Stage 7 and has continued to show the pretenders to his crown that he is still champion.
Stage 6 was just 10.89 kms and was won by Travaglia in a time of 7min 09.9secs..his second win of the day. Campos came in in 7min 13sec, just 3.1secs behind, with Thiry third in 7min 13.9secs. Snijers, Lundgaard and Delecour took the minor placings.
The next stage was marginally longer at 11.5kms and again it was Travaglia who took the honours in 7min 02.1sec. This was three seconds ahead of Patrick Snijers who had his best drive of the day.Thiry was third in 7min 05.5sec with Campos 4th just half a second behind.
The Italian also won Stages 8 and 9 and by the time they reached service in Funchal he was quietly confident of improving on his third place from last year.
Patrick Snijers lost over 20 seconds to the leaders on Stage 8 and retired on Stage 9 with engine problems leaving Henrik Lundgaard in overall 4th place, 1min 18.6sec behind the leader, with Francois Delecour 5th, a further 20.2sec behind.
Renato Travaglia - Peugeot 206 WRC
The car is much better and the suspension is good. I really enjoyed this rally last year and its nice driving in front of all the spectators. I try and if I do better than last year then thats fine.
Bruno Thiry - Peugeot 206 WRC
Where did Renato come from....all of a sudden he was in the lead. I didn't have any more problems with the fuel pressure and I am quite happy with the way it's going. My main aim is to be in front of Campos at the end.
Miguel Campos - Peugeot 206 WRC
Last year Travaglia was very very quick and now he knows the stages he is even faster. The car is OK but I am changing the settings a little...making a couple of the shocks a bit harder. I lost a couple of seconds on the last stage when I made a small mistake on one corner, but other than that, it is going well.
Henrik Lundgaard - Ford Focus WRC
The fuel problem is sorted out, but now we are running with a full tank the whole time so that is extra weight we are carrying. The Peugeots are changing to their new reserve tyres after two stages, but we don't have that luxury....so I am happy with 4th place.
Francois Delecour - Peugeot 206 WRC
I think it's going better and better and the times show me thats right.
There are two more stages and then they will be in Parc Ferme at 1921hrs.