WRC Rallye Monte Carlo: No re-start for Bouffier

No repeat of 2014 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo heroics for Bryan Bouffier with the Frenchman becoming the first big retiree in SS2
Bryan Bouffier has had to retire from Rallye Monte Carlo after his off in the second stage on Thursday night.

Bouffier, who put in a sensational performance on this event twelve months ago - leading from SS3 to SS9, until a spin dropped him to second behind eventual winner, Sebastien Ogier - reported two “moments” in SS1, before his exit in the 19.68 km Norante-Digne-les Bains test, when he hit a tree with quite considerable force.

Bouffier and co-driver Xavier Panseri both escaped unharmed, but their M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC car was too badly damaged for them to restart on Friday under Rally 2.

Speaking in the pre-event press conference, the Frenchman had said he was hoping to finish in the top-five...

“It's always difficult to plan something, especially on a race so tricky as Monte-Carlo. On this kind of event you can go off on more or less every corner,” he said. “My aim though is top five and the dream would be a 100 per cent French podium with these two guys in front of me [Sebastien Loeb and Ogier]. That would be great for our country. It has been very difficult to get the budget, but it is a great pleasure to drive again – I fight to get a lot of pleasure and to be fast.”

“There is not a secret [to this event],” he added, “you just have to stay really concentrated, slow down when it is slippery and then go flat out when have the good grip – this is the key. As for the tyres, it is always complicated, so the key is to get it right and be clever....”

by Rob Wilkins

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Bryan Bouffier (FRA) Xavier Panseri (FRA), Ford Fiesta WRC

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