First Mortorsport weekend summary 2003-04-06

Excellent weekend for First Motorsport. The five cars engaged by First Motorsport in the handles of opening of the French rally tarmac championship and the Belgian rally 1e division championship returned to good port, offering to the Belgian ...

Excellent weekend for First Motorsport.

The five cars engaged by First Motorsport in the handles of opening of the French rally tarmac championship and the Belgian rally 1e division championship returned to good port, offering to the Belgian racecar specialist an absolute victory and four superb podiums.

6th Rally " Coeur de France " (Tours/France - 04-06 april)
Victory for Rousselot, podiums for Muller and Voirin

Excellent beginnings, this weekend, for "Subaru Rally Team France" in French rally tarmac championship since its three cars - prepared by First Motorsport - finished with the outposts: indisputable victory for Benoit Rousselot-Gilles Mondésir and Subaru WRC2002 which, quickly disencumbered of their adversaries Alexandre Bengué (Peugeot 206WRC, exit of road in the ES2) and Jerome Galpin (Subaru WRC, mechanical abandonment in the ES5), finished the rally "Coeur de France", first round of the season, with nearly 6 minutes in advance on Ardéchois Jean-Marie Cuoq and its Citroen Xsara kit car ex-factory.

An absolute victory which doubles second and third places in Gr.N: behind the winner Xavier Lemonnier, the champions 2002 Jacky Voirin-Jean-Paul Camacho (Subaru WRX Sti 2002) held the cord the first day but, this Sunday, Yvan Muller-Anne-Chantal Pauwels took the top at the wheel of their news Subaru WRX Sti 2003, signing with the passage three better times of group: "Very happened very well and I had fun much" declared Yvan Muller. "This test constituted an excellent training and the car as my copilot - I did not have until now rolled that with Gilles Mondésir - answered my waitings. Appointment with the rally Wines of Mason!", second round of the championship which will take place from the 9 to May 11.

Final classement : 1. B. Rousselot-G. Mondésir (Subaru WRC-A8) 1.41.57.6 ; 2. J-M. Cuoq-G. Zazurca (Citroën Xsara kit car-A7) +5.54.7 ; 3. G. Nantet-S. Derrien (Porsche 911-F19) +7.37.7 ; 4. M. Bonfils-D. Tornior (Peugeot 306 Maxi-A7) +7.48.9 ; 5. P. Roche-M. Roche (Renault Maxi Mégane-Q7) +7.50.1 ; 6. X. Lemonnier-M. Cosset (Mitsubishi Evo7-N4) + 8.40.5 ; 7. J. Deborde-P. Torzec (Citroën Saxo kit car-A6) + 8.48.4; 8. J-L. Roche-A. Roche (Renault Maxi Mégane-A7) +8.52.7 ; 9. Y. Muller-A.C. Pauwels (Subaru WRX-N4) +9.47.8 ; 10. J. Vanson-J-L. Debove (Opel Astra-A7) +9.49.3 ; 11. J. Voirin-J-P. Camacho (Subaru WRX-N4) +10.14.4…

46th Boucles de Spa (Spa/Belgique - 04-06 april)
Both Subaru "First" on the podium !

The famous "Boucles de Spa" constituted, this weekend, the first round of the Belgian rally 1e division championship. Leaders at the end of special stage show of Friday evening, Patrick Snijers-John Muth hoisted their Subaru WRC99 First with the second general rank after a duel of every moment with Pieter Tsjoen (Toyota Corolla WRC). Which spared a small capital at the beginning of the second day of Saturday whereas the victorious sextuple of the race refined its adjustments of suspension (too much hard). Sunday, it is this one which signed the majority of best times to total fifteen seconds of the victory.

In fight as of the first special stages of the rally for the 3th general place that they asserted vis-a-vis in Rocco Theunissen (Toyota Celica GT Four) and Jean-Philippe Radoux (Escort WRC), Bernard Munster-Andre Leyh (Subaru Impreza Gr.A), penalized saturdays by a puncture who made them lose a score of seconds, never abdicated, benefitting their turn from the troubles from their adversaries to obtain profit of cause.

Final classement : 1. P. Tsjoen-E. Chevallier (Toyota Corolla WRC-A8) 1.35.49; 2. P. Snijers-J. Muth (Subaru WRC-A8) +0.15; 3. B. Munster-A. Leyh (Subaru Impreza-A8) +3.59; 4. R. Theunissen-E. Genten (P-B/Bel-Toyota Celica-A8) +4.19; 5. J-P. Radoux-J-N. Grégoire (Escort WRC-A8) +5.20 ; 6. D. Bruyneel-D. Meert (Toyota Celica-A8) + 5.31 ; 7. X. Bouche-C. Pirotte (Mitsubishi Evo7-N4) + 6.57 ; 8. K. Princen-Marteau (Mitsubishi E6-A8) +7.32 ; 9. L. Cols-F. Godde (Fiat Punto S1600-A6) +7.40; 10. B. Colsoul-T. Colsoul (Mitsubishi E7-N4) + 7.41...

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Series Other rally
Drivers Yvan Muller
Teams Citroën World Rally Team