IRC: Bouffier wins in Monte Carlo

Andreas Mikkelsen damaged his Skoda UK Motorsport Fabia's suspension sliding into a wall four corners into the first stage and retired. Fellow Norwegian Henning Solberg also failed to go beyond stage one after dropping considerable time with a puncture.

Thierry Neuville crashed his Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207 three kilometres from the finish of the first stage. Bruno Magalhaes left the road at high speed on stage four although thankfully neither he nor new co-driver Paulo Grave were injured after inflicting sizeable damage to their Peugeot Sport Portugal 207.

The 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge now takes a break before resuming for the Rally Islas Canarias, which runs from April 14-16.

Rallye Monte Carlo: Overall standings after Stage 13 (Top 10):

1. Bryan Bouffier Peugeot 207 S2000 3hrs 32mins 55.6secs
2. Freddy Loix Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 32.5secs
3. Guy Wilks Peugeot 207 S2000 +01mins 19.7secs
4. Stephanie Sarrazin Peugeot 207 S2000 +01mins 21.9secs
5. Francois Delecour Peugeot 207 S2000 +01mins 22.4secs
6. Juho Hanninen Skoda Fabia S2000 +01mins 29.3secs
7. Nicolas Vouilloz Skoda Fabia S2000 +04mins 47.8secs
8. Jan Kopecky Skoda Fabia S2000 +07mins 45.9secs
9. Giandomenico Basso Peugeot 207 S2000 +08mins 46.0secs
10. Toni Gardemeister Peugeot 207 S2000 +09mins 09.0secs


11. Alex Caffi Skoda Fabia S2000 +13mins 06.2secs
12. Julien Maurin Ford Fiesta S2000 +13mins 38.9secs
13. Florian Gonon Subaru Impreza WRX +16mins 05.8secs*
14. Pierre Campana Renault Clio R3 +24mins 02.5secs **

* IRC Production Cup winner
** IRC 2WD Cup winner

Notable retirements:

SS1. Chris Atkinson Proton Satria Neo S2000 Mechanical
SS1. Thierry Neuville Peugeot 207 S2000 Accident
SS2. Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia S2000 Suspension
SS2. Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta S2000 Suspension
SS2. P-G Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 Suspension
SS2. Andreas Aigner Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Fire
SS4. Bruno Magalhaes Peugeot 207 S2000 Accident
SS8. Luca Betti Peugeot 207 S2000 Mechanical
SS10. Jean-Sebastien Vigion Peugeot 207 S2000 Mechanical
SS13. Petter Solberg Peugeot 207 S2000 Mechanical

all times unofficial

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Bryan Bouffier [Pic credit: IRC]
Rallye Monte Carlo, Atmosphere [Pic credit: IRC]
Rallye Monte Carlo, Atmosphere [Pic credit: IRC]
Bryan Bouffier. Peugeot 207 S2000. Monte Carlo [Pic credit: IRC]
Bryan Bouffier. Peugeot 207 S2000. Rallye Monte Carlo winner 2011 [Pic credit: IRC]

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John Kilbrid - Unregistered

January 23, 2011 5:27 PM

@Richard I agree totally with what you say. Wrc and F1 have been ruined by it. The impression that I get is that the manufacturers have the governing bodies by the short and curlies on this issue. Basicly if they are not allowed dictate who wins, they will withdraw from competition.


January 22, 2011 9:29 PM

sarrazin "elected to take a time penalty" to help wilks. not quite true. it was a team instruction by peugeot, and wilks is embarrassed by getting the podium in this way. get rid of team orders!

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