Rui Madeira was the brilliant winner of the Sata Rallye Azores. Tronqueira SS once again decides podium The second and last leg of the 2002 edition of the Sata Rallye Azores, has witnessed for the first time in three years its victory claimed by...
Rui Madeira was the brilliant winner of the Sata Rallye Azores.
Tronqueira SS once again decides podium
The second and last leg of the 2002 edition of the Sata Rallye Azores, has witnessed for the first time in three years its victory claimed by a Portuguese driver, Ford Focus Rui Madeira/Fernando Prata, who has been fasting for a win for 15 months.
Rui Madeira P1 (Ford Focus WRC):
"It has been a while since I've won a rally. Right from the beginning I realized it was an opportunity to win, especially since we had a new engine and I had some knowledge of the tracks. I am very satisfied with this result and it a reason of great motivation for the Team since Kremer and I contributed immensely for the Constructors Championship"
Armin Kremer 2P (Ford Focus WRC):
"My performance was stained by the tyre puncture I had on the first day. All I could do was try to recover the best I could and help Ford make the one-two. I hope to return next year and fight for the win. I enjoyed the rally quite a lot and the organization was fantastic"
Miguel Campos 3P (Peugeot 206 WRC):
"I got orders from the team to attack the lead, but at the SS 19 we spun twice and lost some time. Adding to that misfortune, We got a 20s penalty for coming in late to the control due to problems refueling before the SS, and it ended up dictating our final result. However I am still at the lead of the Portuguese Championship with a gap of 22pts. I was a tough rally"
Overall Standings: 1st Rui Madeira/Fernado Prata - Ford Focus WRC, 2h48m22,2s; 2nd Armin Kremer/D.Schneppenheim-Ford Focus WRC at 54,3 s; 3rd Miguel Campos/Carlos Magalhães- Peugeot 206 WRC at 1m52,3; 4th Gustavo Louro/ Filipe Fernandes - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.VII a 8m25,1 (1st Azorian); 5th José Pedro Fontes/Nuno Silva - Fiat Punto Kit-Car a 13m29,2 (1st F3); 6th Horácio Franco/ Francisco Furtado- Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII a 13m38,1 (1st Grupo N e 2nd Azorian); 7th Vítor Lopes/José Janela - Citroen Saxo Kit-Car at 15m02s (2º F3); 8º Pedro Dias da Silva/ Mario Castro - Citroen Saxo a 19m42,4s (1º Saxo e 3rd F3); 9th Bruno Magalhães/Paulo Grave - Peugeot 206 Gti at 20m02,4 s; 10th Carlos Costa/Carlos Cassis - Citroen Saxo at 21m35,8 s (3th Azorian);... 15th José Sampaio/Jorge Amorim - Fiat Punto HGT at 24m15,9 s (1st Fiat);
Portuguese Rally Championships after 5 events:
Drivers: 1st Miguel Campos, 42 pts; 2nd Rui Madeira, 20; 3rd Armindo Araújo, 11; 4th Armindo Araújo, 11; 5th Andrea Aghini & José Pedro Fontes, 10; 7th Bruno Magalhães & Horácio Franco, 9; 9th Vítor Lopes, 5; 10th German Castrillon, Manuel Rolo e Gustavo Louro, 4; 13th José Peres & Paulo Antunes, 1. Makes: 1st Peugeot, 38 pts.; 2nd Ford, 26; 3rd Mitsubishi, 25; 4th Fiat, 13; 5th Citroën & Toyota, 10; 7th Subaru, 6.