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Panizzi in control in Spain on day one.

Freddy Loix said: ''I'm disappointed that we've had bad luck today. I spun and stalled in the first stage and in SS3, we heard a big bang and the left-front tyre was flailing around. For a while we were afraid that it might damage something but then it settled down and we got to the end. I'm getting happier with the car set-up as I've made it slightly softer on suspension.''

Armin Schwarz continued: ''For me there was no warning about the tyre - it was a long left-hand corner, there was a big bang and we had to stop to prevent damage. The problem with the shock absorbers is the heat - in warm conditions, they start to go after about 10 or 15 kilometres and then you lose all the rebound. We have to find something to improve this.''

Of the other entries in the Junior World Rally Championship category, Spanish driver Daniel Sola led after SS2 but then he eased off too much in SS3 to save his brakes, allowing Andrea Dallavilla to grab the category advantage in his Citroen Saxo. Italian Giandomenico Basso holds third. Pre-event favourite François Duval has endured a difficult day, though - like many of the 1600cc drivers, he has struggled with brake problems, and he also lost time with overheating.


Rally statistics - day one:

Starters: 68 cars (58 Group A and 10 Group N) started the rally

Retirements: 9 drivers retired

Today - Friday 22 March:
The second part of Leg 1 started from Lloret de Mar at 05h30 and covered 936.21km, including 176.72km on six special stages.

Tomorrow - Saturday 23 March:
Leg 2 starts from Lloret de Mar at 08h00 and covers 513.12km, including 112.00km on six special stages. The first car is expected to arrive in Lloret de Mar at 20h00.

Weather forecast:
Staying warm, sunny and dry.


Stage by stage summary - Leg one:

SS1 Riudecanyes 1 (12.66kms):
Stage cancelled due to spectator congestion.

SS2 Pratdip 1 (27.65kms)
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 16m 37.8
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 16m 45.5
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 16m 53.2
3. Solberg (N) Subaru 16m 53.2

SS3 Escaladei 1 (48.05kms):
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 29m 17.6
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 29m 21.2
3. Bugalski (F) Citroen 29m 31.8

Leaders after SS3:
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 45m 55.4
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 46m 06.7
3. Bugalski (F) Citroen 46m 29.0

SS4 Riudecanyes 2 (12.66kms):
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 8m 32.4
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 8m 34.6
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 8m 36.8

Leaders after SS4:
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 54m 27.8
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 54m 41.3
3. Bugalski (F) Citroen 55m 06.7

SS5 Pratdip 2 (27.65kms):
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 16m 44.2
2. Bugalski (F) Citroen 16m 45.8
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 16m 48.4

Leaders after SS5:
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 1h 11m 12.0
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 1h 11m 29.7
3. Bugalski (F) Citroen 1h 11m 52.5

SS6 Escaladei (48.05kms):
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 29m 16.6
2. Bugalski (F) Citroen 29m 23.8
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 29m 28.0

Leaders after SS6 - Leg one:
1. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 1h 40m 31.6
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot +26.1
3. Bugalski (F) Citroen +44.7
4. Loeb (F) Citroen +1m 10.4
5. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot +1m 20.7
6. Solberg (N) Subaru +1m 39.8
7. McRae (GB) Ford +1m 46.6
8. Sainz (E) Ford +1m 51.5
9. Martin (EE) Ford +1m 56.5
10. Rovanperä (FIN) Peugeot +2m 24.8

Junior WRC leaders after SS6 - Leg one:
1. Dallavilla (I) Citroen 1h 48m 53.9
2. Sola (E) Citroen +28.8
3. Basso (I) Fiat +1m 09.6






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