Valuable points for Simon Jean-Joseph and the C2 S1600 Simon Jean-Joseph and Jack BoyÃ¨re lived up to their reputation this weekend by splitting four-wheel drive machinery to claim eighth place in Madeira with their Citroen C2 Super 1600. The...
Valuable points for Simon Jean-Joseph and the C2 S1600
Simon Jean-Joseph and Jack Boyère lived up to their reputation this weekend by splitting four-wheel drive machinery to claim eighth place in Madeira with their Citroen C2 Super 1600. The car was as competitive and strong as ever and enabled the Citroen pair to claim fourth place in the standings for European Rally Championship- registered drivers. They were also the first two-wheel drive crew home.
The Portuguese event was a qualifying round of both the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC, Round 5) and the European Rally Championship (ERC, Round 7) and, as usual, attracted a quality entry, including a long list of four -wheel drive cars. Prior to the start, Simon Jean-Joseph's sights were set on finishing at least amongst the top-four ERC runners, although the Martinique-based driver was perfectly aware of the difficulty of his mission. "We face a tough fight," he warned, "but I'm sure it's going to be an interesting weekend..."
After the opening leg of the 2007 Rali Vinho da Madeira, which was marked by changeable weather, the second day took place in hot sunshine. Like those of the previous day, Saturday's nine stages were essentially made up of steep climbs followed by equally steep descents over the island's hallmark low-grip asphalt.
After losing time in a surprise storm first thing Friday morning, Simon Jean-Joseph spent the rest of the opening day trying to make up for lost ground and his attacking style effectively saw him bridge the gap little by little. "We gave it everything we could and ended up clinching third place in the classification for those ERC-registered drivers present in Madeira, which put us seventh overall. The bonus point system employed in the championship awards three, two and one point to the top-three finishers at the end of each leg, so our efforts were rewarded with an extra point."
Simon's principal objective today was to hold position to the flag. "Everyone from the PH Sport staff who prepare and run our C2 S1600 to the Citroen Sport people who help them, Jack and myself was extremely motivated," explained the Citroen driver after the finish. "In the end, however, all the steep climbs prevented us from achieving our goal. Even so, I am very pleased with my performance and, once again, we have succeeded in showcasing the potential of our Citroen."
Citroen Sport's Customer Competition Manager Yves Matton was equally positive about the outcome of the visit to the mid-Atlantic island: "Simon Jean-Joseph's determination, his experience in difficult moments, the perfect job put in by everyone in the team and the reliability and speed of the Citroen C2 Super 1600 all combined to enable Simon and Jack to produce a top result. Given the strong entry, it was never going to be easy to finish as high as eighth. The result also means that Simon and Jack leave Madeira with more valuable ERC points."