IRC: Meeke takes IRC record with Curitiba win

Bruno Magalhaes scored points on his second IRC event in a row despite reporting making a few mistakes with his pacenotes, which resulted in a loss of confidence. Unable to catch Kopecky for fourth and with his fifth place secured, Magalahes spent the final stages trying different set-ups for the third round of the IRC in Argentina later this month.

Eduardo Scheer completed the top six in his Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer. The Brazilian fought out a close battle with Bolivian Eduardo Peredo, whose similar Lancer suffered an engine failure within sight of the finish of the final stage, where he retired.

Daniel Oliveira had been sixth when he picked up a front-left puncture ten kilometres into Saturday's first stage. Because it was only a slow puncture Oliveira and new co-driver Denis Giraudet elected to soldier to the end of the stage before changing the damaged tyre. They were rewarded with seventh overall in their Stohl Racing-run 207.

IRC 2WD Cup winner Marcos Tokarski, from Brazil, secured the final IRC drivers' point in eighth overall aboard his 1600cc Peugeot 207.

Heavy rain during rally week forced organisers to cancel the two Rio Pesqueiro stages when the river of the same name running adjacent to it burst its banks. The event-closing Super Prime Pinhais stage was also lost because of the weather.

The 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season now continues with the Rally Argentina, which runs from March 19-21.

Rally Internacional de Curitiba – Top 10 positions after leg 2:

1. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle Peugeot 207 S2000 1h42m45.4s
2. Guy Wilks/Phil Pugh Skoda Fabia S2000 +46.7s
3. Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula Skoda Fabia S2000 +1m20.2s
4. Jan Kopecky/Petr Stary Skoda Fabia S2000 +1m49.3s
5. Bruno Magalhaes/Carlos Magalhaes Peugeot 207 S2000 +4m05.5s
6. Eduardo Scheer/Geferson Pavinatto Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +14m00.4s
7. Daniel Oliveira/Denis Giraudet Peugeot 207 S2000 +14m41.8s
8. Marcos Tokarski/Laercio Reginatto Peugeot 207 +23m21.4s
9. Luis Tedesco/Gabriel Morales Fiat Palio +23m25.8s
10. Juan San Martin/Martin Villete Subaru Impreza WRX +23m42.6s

IRC drivers' positions (after round 2 of 12):

1. Juho Hanninen 14pts
2. Guy Wilks 11pts
3. Kris Meeke 10pts
= Mikko Hirvonen 10pts
5. Jan Kopecky 9pts
6. Bruno Magalhaes 6pts
= Nicolas Vouilloz 6pts
8. Stephane Sarrazin 5pts
9. Eduardo Scheer 3pts
10. Daniel Oliveira 2pts etc

IRC Manufacturers positions (after round 2 of 12):

1. Skoda 28pts
2. Peugeot 21pts
3. M-Sport 10pts
4. Ralliart 3pts

Related Pictures

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Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle. Peugeot 207 S2000. Rally Internacional de Curitiba [Pic credit: IRC]
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Jari-Mikko Latvalen - Unregistered

March 07, 2010 7:45 PM

Completely agree, both series need to be on Terrestrial TV - the problem is that none of those stations are interested in minority Motorsports. Motorsport=F1 to the general media - it's not just Rallying. Look at the WTCC which started this weekend - that also should be on 'Normal' TV. As long as both series remain were they are, I'm afraid they'll remain as they are - minority/niche sports.

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