Basso wins Sanremo rally

Harry Hunt was an impressive 14th overall on his first appearance in the IRC in a Kronos Racing Peugeot. The former IRC 2WD Cup champion lost ground with two punctures but still managed to set some rapid stage times alongside stand-in co-driver Dale Moscatt.

Gasperetti claimed his first victory in the IRC Production Cup in style by setting the pace in the category on all ten stages at the wheel of a Renault Mégane RS. However, while Gasperetti celebrated, Consani was left to reflect on what might have been after he dropped out of second place on Sunday morning when a spin left his Mégane with a broken rear axle. He tried to continue but following another rotation the Frenchman was forced to stop for good. Hungarian Miklós Bujdos finished second with Marco Cavigioli third. Dream Team Ukraine's Vitaliy Pushkar overtook Subaru Impreza R4 STI driver Johan Heloïse for fourth on the final stage.

Campedelli made it two wins from two starts in this season's IRC 2WD Cup, despite requiring a course of physiotherapy and a dose of painkillers due to a shoulder injury. Roberto Vescovi was second in a Renault Clio R3 with IRC Production Cup winner Federico Gasperetti third. Rudy Michelini took fourth with Peugeot driver Danilo Ameglio in fifth. Hannes Danzinger was a fine sixth on his first rally outside of his native Austria after he secured sponsorship from a sausage company to take part in a Clio R3, which he was driving in competition for the first time. French ace Bryan Bouffier gave Peugeot's 208 R2 a strong debut by topping the R2 division. Elwis Chentre was ninth in a Škoda Fabia R2.

Rallye Sanremo - Top ten IRC positions

1. Giandomenico Basso/Mitia Dotta M-Sport Ford Fiesta RRC 2h19m03.6s
2. Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler Škoda Fabia S2000 +35.7s
3. Alessandro Perico/Fabrizio Carrara Peugeot 207 S2000 +2m13.7s
4. Stefano Albertini/Simone Scattolin Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m08.3s
5. Paolo Andreucci/Anna Andreussi Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m55.5s
6. Craig Breen/Paul Nagle Peugeot 207 S2000 +5m00.2s
7. Frigyes Turán/Gábor Zsiros M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 +6m50.8s
8. Pierre Campana/Sabrina de Castelli Peugeot 207 S2000 +8m07.0s
9. Roberto Vescovi/Giancarla Guzzi Renault Clio R3 +8m18.9s
10. Federico Gasperetti/Federico Ferrari Renault Mégane RS +8m33.5s

IRC Production Cup: Federico Gasperetti/Federico Ferrari (Renault Mégane RS)
IRC 2WD Cup: Simone Campedelli/Danilo Fappani (Citroën DS3 R3T)

IRC standings (after round 12 of 13) - Top ten*

1. Andreas Mikkelsen 136pts
2. Jan Kopecký 101pts
3. Juho Hänninen 93pts
4. Giandomenico Basso 65pts
5. Sepp Wiegand 53pts
6. Yağiz Avci 35pts
7. Robert Consani 32pts
8. Patrik Flodin 28pts
9. Bryan Bouffier 27pts
= Umberto Scandola 27pts

* - best eight rounds to count

IRC Manufacturers standings (after round 12 of 13)

1. Škoda 325pts
2. Peugeot 217pts
3. M-Sport Ford 174pts
4. Renault 126pts
5. Subaru 110pts
6. Honda 51pts

Tagged as: IRC , Skoda , Giandomenico Basso , Sanremo

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