Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel finish Rally San Remo in the IRC-ranking in 19th place and are second-best team on Mitsubishi despite strong competition The Interwetten driver has learned a lot at his first start in Italy and offered the ...
Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel finish Rally San Remo in the IRC-ranking in 19th place and are second-best team on Mitsubishi despite strong competition
The Interwetten driver has learned a lot at his first start in Italy and offered the Italian local heroes a great fight. Wittmann lies in 12th place in the IRC ranking
By his fourth victory this season Brit Kris Meeke prematurely secured the IRC title
Even on the last two special stages of the "51st Rally San Remo" Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel never stopped fighting. On SS 8 over 28 kilometres they finished second among the Mitsubishi, only 2,5 seconds behind Italian Fabio Gianfico and on SS 9 the two Austrians once more reached the fastest Mitsu-time, this time around in front of local heroes Gianfico and Simone Campedelli.
"It had already been a thrilling fight for seconds with the two Italians throughout the rally. Prior to the rally I had actually planned to simply try and cross the finishing line but then things got hot and I rode full attack, especially today. For Gianfico I was a mere 15 seconds too slow in the end but that I actually left higher rated Campedelli in my wake by almost one minute was a really enjoyable feat", said a content Wittmann after the run.
And the Interwetten Racing driver was able to draw a very satisfying balance after 19th overall place in the IRC-ranking and the fact of having been second-best Mitsubishi at his first start in San Remo:
"It was a totally great rally for me. I've learned a lot and am very happy to have reached the finishing line after this orgy of turns. The competition - with 24 S2000 vehicles and any amount of 1600-cars and group N Mitsubishis - was overpowering. The more happy I am that not only the stage times but also the final result were satisfactory. I'd like to thank Stohl-Racing for their commitment. The Mitsubishi Evo IX made barely any troubles and the result was the maximum of what one can get out of this car."
The big winner of the 51st "Rally San Remo" was Brit Kris Meeke whose fourth victory this season also meant that he prematurely secured the title due to the retirement of Czech Jan Kopecky. In his wake close fighting went on where Italians Rosetti and Travaglia barely jumped onto the podium in the end. The first six drivers were only 28 seconds apart.