Day 1: Gallagher and Weijs Jr. in the top 10 The very first Jordan Rally got underway this morning. Under temperatures of 40C, not all the drivers managed to get to the end of the eight special stages that were planned for the day. Shaun...
Day 1: Gallagher and Weijs Jr. in the top 10
The very first Jordan Rally got underway this morning. Under temperatures of 40C, not all the drivers managed to get to the end of the eight special stages that were planned for the day. Shaun Gallagher is first of the C2 Junior Experience runners, and has done a good job to end up fourth overall in the Junior classification. Behind him, Hans Weijs is sixth in his very first Junior World Championship event. Francisco Fanari brings up the rear in 14th place, following his retirement with a broken gearbox. Sebastien Ogier has finished eighth in his C2 Super 1600 after encountering a few small problems.
Francisco Fanari (I) Massimilano Bossi (I) (Citroen C2-R2 MAX)
"This is a very specialised rally. Everything looks quite similar, so it's hard to find an exact reference point. This morning I had some problems with my gearbox, and so after midday service we decided not to start the second loop so that we could fix it for tomorrow."
Shaun Gallagher (EI) Michael Morreffy (GB) (Citroen C2 Super 1600)
"It's quite a demanding rally for me, as is always the case with these hot events. Despite the severity of the terrain, my C2 Super 1600 performed very well over both loops and I'm very happy with our position this evening. The stages are all very similar and we often don't have any visibility around the corners. It's important to be really careful to stay on the line and avoid any of the rocks at the sides which is quite a big challenge."
Sebastien Ogier (FR) Julien Ingrassia (FR) (Citroen C2 Super 1600)
"The start was quite difficult this morning, and it was hard for me to tell if we were on the right pace or not. Unfortunately we encountered some fuel pressure problems on SS4, which we were subsequently able to fix at midday service but not without a struggle. Consequently we left service late and picked up a penalty of 3m20s. Just to make things worse, we picked up a puncture after a crest on SS6 and lost time once more. We're going to do everything we can to stay out of trouble during the second day and hopefully make up a bit of lost time."
Hans Weijs (NL) Hans Van Goor (NL) (Citroen C2-R2 MAX)
"Today went quite well. The stages are very physical and it's hard to cope with the heat, so I'm very pleased to get back to service this evening. As I've hardly driven the C2-R2 MAX, today was still something of an extended test session for me. I'm very pleased with the feeling I've got with the C2, and the roadholding is brilliant. Despite the lack of visibility and reference points we were still able to drive at a good rhythm. Tomorrow we'll try to up the pace a bit in order to put in a stronger performance." <pre> Junior classification, Jordan Rally, at end of leg one: 1. P.Sandell/E.Axelsson (Renault Clio S1600) 1h 24 min 12.2s 2. J.Molder/F.Miclotte (Suzuki Swift S1600) + 54.8s 3. A.Bettega/S.Scattolin (Renault Clio R3) + 3 min 09.3s 4. S.Gallagher/M.Morrissey (Citroen C2 Super 1600) + 3 min 48.9s 5. G.Schammel/R.Jamoul (Renault Clio R3) + 3 min 52.6s 6. H.Weijs/H.van Goor (Citroen C2-R2 MAX) + 4 min 52.6s 7. K.Abbring/E.Mombaerts (Renault Clio R3) + 5 min 27.4s 8. S.Ogier/J.Ingrassia (Citroen C2 Super 1600) + 5 min 44.4s .../... 14. F.Fanari/M.Bosi (Citroen C2-R2) + 26 min 22.0s