Peugeot Total Silver Team SG Rali FC Porto report

Ending one more Portuguese Rally Championship event, means adding to his long list of events, a 44th consecutive participation: "It's already a big number and climbing. Naturally I've had some luck and the help of well-prepared machines. This was...

Ending one more Portuguese Rally Championship event, means adding to his long list of events, a 44th consecutive participation: "It's already a big number and climbing. Naturally I've had some luck and the help of well-prepared machines. This was my 7th event with Peugeot, and as we see, the results have been great - 4 victories and 3 second places. These achievements were only possible with a great team like the Peugeot Total Silver Team SG", remarked the Portuguese rally driver, foreseeing his first international participation this season: "The international event we have been enrolled this year in the Rally of Catalunha, to be run the 21st till the 24th of March. We'll be returning to the tarmac roads, where I am well aware of the Peugeot 206 WRC. I participated in this rally in 2000, but it has changed considerably. This will be my first participation in the World Rally Championship at the wheel of a WRC machine", recalled Miguel Campos.

Official Classification -Rali FC Porto - 2ª rally of the Portuguese Championship
1st Miguel Campos/Carlos Magalhães - Peugeot 206 WRC 1h32m36,4s.
2nd Bruno Magalhães/Paulo Grave - Mitsubishi Lancer (Gr.N) at 5m31,0s
3rd Armindo Araújo/Miguel Ramalho - Citroen Saxo Kit-Car (F.3) at 6m58,9s
4th Manuel Rolo/Luis Ramalho - Mitsubishi Lancer (Gr. N) at 8m53,6s
5th Victor Lopes/Jose Nela - Fiat Punto Kit-car at 9m30,25s

Portuguese Rally Championship standings - drivers
1st Miguel Campos - 20 points
2nd Bruno Magalhães - 9 p.
3rd José Pedro Fontes - 6 p.
4th Armindo Araújo - 4p.
5th Manuel Rolo - 3 p.

Constructors Championship
1st Peugeot - 20 points
2nd Mitsubishi - 16 p.
3rd Fiat - 9 p.
4th Citroen - 4 p.
5th Ford - 1 p.

Peugeot and Miguel Campos "copy paste" in the Portuguese Championship.
Second season win for the 206 WRC in the Rali FC Porto

Peugeot pair, Miguel Campos and Carlos Magalhães, have once more distinguished themselves in the Portuguese Rally Championship, winning the season's second event, run last Saturday in the Fafe region. The young driver totally dominated the championship event, winning all 12 of the special stages and achieving his 4th victory in his career, all of them at the wheel of the Peugeot 206 WRC. This win, represented the 10th victory of the 206 WRC model in the country, and the 25th win for this particular Portuguese team in the Championship.

Premiering the 206 WRC Peugeot on gravel, Miguel Campos proved a speedy adaptation to his machine, and took the leadership at the first special stage, which was then covered with a thin layer of ice. "I couldn't believe I was going to open the road with layers of ice on it. The only possible option was to have the maximum caution. Since I wasn't able to risk, I wasn't very worried about the time I was going to make". The driver of the silver and blue Peugeot, won the fist special stage and was informed of his main opposition, Rui Madeira, had roll-off on the same stage. The Peugeot's pair only job now, was to control the event until the podium.

"I'd like to compare my times on gravel with those of my opponent, but unfortunately, Rui withdrew prematurely. I think I managed a good level but I had no need to run at a strong pace. Since I was the only WRC on track, we took advantage to run a couple of tests, changing the set-ups and analyzing the car's behavior in various situations, preparing for the upcoming Rally of Portugal, next May", Explained Miguel Campos, motivated and confidante.

"In the second section, we got a bit of a fright. We ran out of gas inside the service park while we we're heading to re-fuel", added young Campos.

On a winning streak since mid - 2001 season, the Peugeot Total Silver Team SG, took the last 8 events it participated in, and won them ruthlessly, maintaining the hegemony in 2002, both in the Constructors and in the Drivers Championship.

Although the win looked easy - due to lack of opposition - the Portuguese Peugeot Team still suffered a little, as Team Manager, Carlos Barros later explained: "We had a problem with the refuel pump, and it pumped in lesser fuel than we needed. Thankfully, the car arrived at the Service Park in time to solve the problem".

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Series Other rally
Drivers Miguel Campos , Miguel Ramalho , Armindo Araujo , Rui Madeira , José Pedro Fontes , Carlos Magalhaes , Bruno Magalhaes
Teams Citroën World Rally Team