Heartbreaking final decides the winner

Heartbreaking final decides the winnerFrom Rallye San Remo [ 12/10/2013 ].
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The TC area at Colle d’Oggia, where the 55th Rallye Sanremo virtually ended, was silent. After 9 special stages and several coupe de theater, Giandomenico Basso and Bryan Bouffier were playing their last cards to win this important race. Before the arrival of the divers a rumor says that the French driver suffered a puncture in the last stage. The winner of the last stage of the event and the first one in Sanremo, was the 22 years old Finnish driver Esapekka Lappi in a Skoda Fabia S2000, who finished the timed test 9tenth ahead of Basso and Bouffier with 1’47”9 delay and therefore handing over the win to Basso, who this way won his third Rallye Sanremo.

55th Rallye Sanremo nice and full with emotions, started on Friday October 11th with Bouffier pushing hard but delayed on Vignai stage in the afternoon due to his car hitting an embankment, and giving way to Paolo Andreucci, fast and determined, who closed Day 1 in the lead, ahead of Giandomenico Basso, Umberto Scandola and Bouffier fourth over 1 minute behind.

Day 2, Saturday, started with Andreucci focused on managing the advantage in the two stages of the day, maintaining a good gap with the rivals, leaded by Basso. At this point a second coup de theatre. Four kilometers after the start of stage Colle d’Oggia, Andreucci made one of he really few mistakes and in a slippery bend hit a rock that caused the puncture of the rear right tyre. Always very careful with the car and with still 16 km before the end of the stage, he stops to change tyre, losing over 9 minutes. The classification changed a lot, with Basso in the lead just 17”4 over Bouffier, ready to start the fight with the Italian driver in the second part of the day. So the fight started. Basso finally satisfied with the set up of his car, won the Colle Langan stage, gaining other 2”6 over Bouffier, who stroke back on the next stage recovering 13” all together and starting the final 20.73 timed kilometers, with a gap between the two of just 7 seconds. The young Finnish driver Lappi grabbed his opportunity to win the last test, his first stage win in this historic Italian event.

Basso crowned his dream to conquer his third win in Sanremo, like the big driver Miki Biasion, Didier Auriol and Gilles Panizzi. On the second step of the podium Lappi-Fern in their Škoda S2000, very good in not making mistakes in their first Italian rally and third, like last year, Alessandro Perico-Fabrizio Carrara, who fought throughout the whole race with some set up problems on their Peugeot 207 S2000. Fourth place for Bryan Bouffier, co-driven by Xavier Panseri, disappointed of course, but happy to have disputed this event that he liked a lot despite the final result. Fifth overall Stefano Albertini-Simone Scattolin, who also had problems finding the right set up of their Peugeot 207 S2000.

Paolo Andreucci-Anna Andreussi, were able to climb up the standings and finishing sixth overall, ahead of the Tuscany crew Fabrizio Gasperetti-Fabrizio Ferrari, leaders of the 2WD category in their Megane RS. Closeing the top ten Alex Vittalini-Sara Tavecchio, winners of the Citroën Trophy and Michele Tassone-Marco Rosso, awho kept under control the brake problems they had on their Clio RS last Friday night. Winner of the Twingo Trophy the driver from Varese, Andrea Crugnola, paired with Michele Ferrara, who recovered the 2 minutes he lost due to a puncture he suffered in the morning, and passing his direct Giacomo Scattolon-Fabio Grimaldi.

Umberto Scandola-Guido D'Amore retired before the second part of the day when it was clear that they could not reach a satisfactory solution with the tyre.

Final Results 55th Rallye Sanremo: