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#1 noikeee

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 10:12



Today starts the biggest sporting event in Madeira Island, the Rali Vinho da Madeira, 7nd round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, with the evening superspecial in Avenida do Mar. This year is historically important, as it is the 50th time the rally is held.

18 S2000 cars are entered, namely a massive crew of Peugeots, 5 Abarths, a Skoda and a Proton. British Kris Meeke is here for the first time and will try to gather more points to increase his lead over Skoda's Jan Kopecky in the championship (who unfortunately won't be here), but he'll have some tough opposition starting with last years winner Nicollas Vouilloz; the winner of the 2006 and 2007 editions Giandomenico Basso; the solid Freddy Loix who is still in the hunt for the championship; portuguese star Bruno Magalhães; and the local men Bernardo Sousa (usual presence in the PWRC) and Alexandre Camacho (who last year missed the overall win by 8 seconds).

List of entrants:

1. Luca Rossetti (I) - Abarth Grande Punto S2000
2. Giandomenico Basso (I) - Abarth Grande Punto S2000
3. Michal Solowow (PL) - Peugeot 207 S2000
4. Bruno Magalhães (P) - Peugeot 207 S2000
5. Alexandre Camacho (P) - Peugeot 207 S2000
6. Kris Meeke (GB) - Peugeot 207 S2000
7. Freddy Loix (B) - Peugeot 207 S2000
8. Nicolas Vouilloz (F) - Peugeot 207 S2000
9. Vitor Pascoal (P) - Peugeot 207 S2000
10. Guy Wilks (GB) - Proton Satria Neo S2000
11. Julien Maurin (F) - Skoda Fabia S2000
12. Corrado Fontana (I) - Peugeot 207 S2000
14. Vitor Sá (P) - Peugeot 207 S1600
15. Fernando Peres (P) - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
16. Bernardo Sousa (P) - Abarth Grande Punto S2000
17. Ricardo Moura (P) - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
18. Richard Frau (F) - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
19. Adruzilo Lopes (P) - Subaru Impreza N2009
20. Miguel Nunes (P) - Peugeot 207 S2000
21. Davide Di Benedetto (I) - Peugeot 207 S2000
22. Marco Cavigioli (I) - Abarth Grande Punto S2000
23. Albert Llovera (AND) - Abarth Grande Punto S2000
24. Luigi Fontana (I) - Peugeot 207 S2000
25. Filipe Freitas (P) - Renault Clio S1600
26. Manuel Villa (I) - Fiat Punto S1600
27. Rui Madeira (P) - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
28. João Magalhães (P) - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
29. Rui Pinto (P) - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
30. Manuel Maneschi (I) - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
(...)
Total of entrants: 70


IRC Standings:

1. Kris Meeke (GB) 30
2. Jan Kopecky (CZ) 29
3. Freddy Loix (B) 24
4. Giandomenico Basso (I) 17
5. Nicolas Vouilloz (F) 14
6. Juho Hanninen (FIN) 14
7. Sebastien Ogier (F) 10
8. Carl Tundo (EAK) 10
(...)


Past winners:

2008. Nicolas Vouilloz - Peugeot 207 S2000
2007. Giandomenico Basso - Fiat Punto Abarth S2000
2006. Giandomenico Basso - Fiat Punto Abarth S2000
2005. Renato Travaglia - Renault Clio S1600
2004. Vitor Sá - Peugeot 306 Maxi
2003. Miguel Campos - Peugeot 206 WRC
2002. Andrea Aghini - Peugeot 206 WRC
2001. Adruzilo Lopes - Peugeot 206 WRC
2000. Piero Liatti - Subaru Impreza WRC
1999. Bruno Thiry - Subaru Impreza WRC
(...)


TV Coverage:

Friday
21:00 - 1st day highlights (Eurosport)
23:30 - 1st day highlights repeat (Eurosport 2)

Saturday
07:30 - 1st day highlights repeat (Eurosport 2)
22:00 - 2nd day highlights (Eurosport)
23:30 - 2nd day highlights repeat (Eurosport 2)

Sunday
07:30 - 2nd day highlights repeat (Eurosport 2)

All Times GMT.

Plus a lot of coverage in local and national TV, including live stages.


I might go watch the superspecial today, not sure yet.

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#2 noikeee

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 19:59

And Meeke wins today's superspecial. Impressive. I think he might just end up with a win on debut here, something very few drivers have done (I think the last was Aghini in the early 90s).

1. Kris Meeke (Peugeot) 01:32,9
2. Bruno Magalhães (Peugeot) +0,9
3. Corrado Fontana (Peugeot) +1,9
4. Nicolas Vouilloz (Peugeot) +2,0
5. Luca Rossetti (Abarth) +2,5
6. Giandomenico Basso (Abarth) +2,8
6. Alexandre Camacho (Peugeot) +2,8
8. Freddy Loix (Peugeot) +2,9
9. Michal Solowow (Peugeot) +4,6
9. Miguel Nunes (Peugeot) +4,6

Tomorrow the real rally starts.

#3 Grayson

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 20:24

Meeke says that he's only hoping for a podium, but he's been so good this year that it's hard not to hope for a win...

Since Raikkonen wanted to spend his weekend rallying an S2000 car, it's a shame he didn't enter Madeira so he could challenge at the front for stage wins!

Edited by Grayson, 30 July 2009 - 20:24.


#4 noikeee

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:06

Forget Meeke winning, he's been hammered so far this morning, altho I expect him to do much better at the 2nd attempts at each stage. The surprise is Basso leading, who this morning has won as many stages as Abarth had won in the entire season (2). :drunk: He really is mega here.

Standings after stage 3:

1. Giandomenico Basso (Abarth) 24:58,3
2. Bruno Magalhães (Peugeot) +4,1
3. Alexandre Camacho (Peugeot) +10,6
4. Nicolas Vouilloz (Peugeot) +16,0
5. Luca Rossetti (Abarth) +18,7
6. Freddy Loix (Peugeot) +24,9
7. Kris Meeke (Peugeot) +26,3
8. Michal Solowow (Peugeot) +50,7
9. Miguel Nunes (Peugeot) +52,7
10. Corrado Fontana (Peugeot) +56,7

Live timing: http://www.ralivm.co...sults/index.cfm

#5 wewantourdarbyback

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:09

There are enough roads on the island to do a rally?  ;)

#6 noikeee

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:10

More than enough actually. :)

#7 wewantourdarbyback

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:16

More than enough actually. :)


I know I've been there, tis a marvellous place I was making a joke that wasn't actually funny..... :blush:

#8 noikeee

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 19:56

After Basso pulled quite an advantage in the morning, Magalhães is slowly recovering. Meeke's also looking better now and has won a stage, he's having quite a fight with Rossetti and Loix for 5th place. Standings at the end of the day:

1. Giandomenico Basso (Abarth) 01:55:28,3
2. Bruno Magalhães (Peugeot) +16,0
3. Alexandre Camacho (Peugeot) +29,4
4. Nicolas Vouilloz (Peugeot) +49,7
5. Luca Rossetti (Abarth) +1:03,6
6. Kris Meeke (Peugeot) +1:07,7
7. Freddy Loix (Peugeot) +1:11,8
8. Miguel Nunes (Peugeot) +3:13,5
9. Corrado Fontana (Peugeot) +4:01,4
10. Michal Solowow (Peugeot) +5:05,1

Meanwhile the Proton of Guy Wilks has been a big disappointment, only 14th and battling against the crew of local Mitsubishi Lancers in the overall standings. There hasn't been a lot of retirements, with the most important being Bernardo Sousa and the also disappointing, very slow Skoda of Julien Marin.

Highlights of the day on Eurosport should start right about now.

Edited by paranoik0, 31 July 2009 - 19:58.


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Posted 31 July 2009 - 22:10

Kris has really surprised me this year.

He has begun to show an understanding and a discipline to get the job done and in doing so, he is actually going faster. He seems less aggressive in the car and seems to have gotten to grips with how to drive an S2000 car really well. If he continues in this fashion he will be well deserving of the championship and good luck to him for that!

#10 noikeee

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 14:17

I just woke up (lol) so haven't been following this morning but it looks like Magalhães is closing down on Basso and is now only 8 seconds away as they head towards the final two stages. Looks like this will have an exciting finish.

Btw Autosport has got something wrong in their latest report, Alexandre Camacho isn't the current portuguese champion, he's the Madeira champion.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 14:47

It's getting interesting. One 22 km stage to go and Basso leads only by 7,6 seconds. To be honest, he has lost only tenths per SS to Magalhães after his spin. BTW, Abarth is yet to win IRC round this year.

#12 noikeee

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 14:54

Yes but Basso's an ace in the final stage, last year he stole 2nd place from Camacho there. And he beat Magalhães by 2 tenths the first attempt at that stage earlier today. So I don't think he's losing this unless he makes some mistake.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 15:33

Folks on the radio are saying Magalhães is winning 3 seconds to Basso in a mid-stage intermediary timing.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 15:40

Not enough, Basso does well in the final part of the stage and wins the rally by 3.5 seconds. Fantastic finish!

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 16:24

Not enough, Basso does well in the final part of the stage and wins the rally by 3.5 seconds. Fantastic finish!


Well done! First IRC win for Abarth this year