Andreucci wins San Remo 2016

Andreucci wins San Remo 2016From Rallye San Remo [ 09/04/2016 ].
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Paolo Andreucci and Anna Andreussiin their Peugeot 208 T16 won the 63rd edition of Rallye Sanremo, and one year later repeated the success obtained in 2015. After winning the three stages of this morning, the driver from Tuscany who won this event three times in the past, has been the fastest also on the second pass on SS Bosco di Rezzo, 25 km long, in a thick fog with a stage time of 17’33”.

On the same stage Giandomenico Basso, till then third overall, suffered a puncture on his Ford Fiesta R5 Ldi LPG supplied, lost over two minutes to change it loosing also any possibility to win the rally.

Rudy Michelini and Michele Perna in their Citroen Ds3 tried to keep Andreucci’s pace and finish the stage 22”8 behind the winner. Also Andrea and Giuseppe Nucita (Ford Fiesta S2000) increase their pace and finished the stage thirds and fourth overall in the overall classification.

The fifth stage time of Alessandro Perico, slowed down due to misting problems of the windscreen of his Peugeot 208 R5, allow him to maintain the second place overall.

Just 5444 meters from the final arrival Paolo Andreucci didn’t push much and with a fifth time in the last SS, Colle d’Oggia, wins with a wide margin Race 2 and climbed the highest step of the podium of 2016 Rallye Sanremo.

The scratch on the final stage is for Michelini-Perna, 3’45”7, which allow them to pass the brothers Nucita on the fourth place overall on Race 2.

Alessandro Perico finishes his Rallye Sanremo with a series of second places: second in the last stage, second in Race 2 and second on the podium of this event.

Simone Campedelli with a tenth time in the last stage is able to get on the third step of the podium, both in Race 2 and in Rallye Sanremo 2016.

1. Andreucci-Andreussi (Peugeot 208 T16) in 1:46'31.1;
2. Perico-Turati (Peugeot 208) a 1'39.5;
3. Campedelli-Fappani (Peugeot 208) a 3'06.0;
4. Nucita-Nucita (Ford Fiesta) a 3'21.0;
5. Basso-Granai (Ford Fiesta GPL) a 3'24.6;
6. Michelini-Perna (Citroen DS3) a 4'16.9;
7. 'CIAVA'-Michi (Citroen DS3) a 7'19.7;
8. Ferrarotti-Bizzocchi (Renault Clio) a 9'40.3;
9. Ameglio-Marinotto (Peugeot 106) a 9'59.1;
10. Borgogno-Riterini (Peugeot 207) a 10'01.9

Drivers said at the final arrival

Paolo Andreucci: “Race 2 has gone really well. We’ve made some changes on the car, yesterday we had some little problem. We did a good tyre choice in order not to be penalized in any case. One of the toughest races in these past years”

Giandomeico Basso: “We did a very good Race 1, I was fast and satisfied with the results. In Race 2 we’ve penalized by a wrong evaluation of the weather, which led to a wrong tyre choice. We cannot understand the puncture we suffered, it happened in a flat stretch with no cuts nor stones. We will try to understand together with the team what happened”.

Alessandro Perico: “We’ve been really fast, we didn’t make mistakes, nor in the driving or the set up or strategies in this race that I can consider one of the most difficult in my career. I’m satisfied because I’m getting faster also on tarmac”.

Simone Campedelli: “An unexpected result. Today it’s been a difficult day and we tried to find a good performance. When it was foggy I didn’t push. This is a very important podium and a great start for me”.

End of the rally Press Conference at Sanremo Casino

Sergio Maiga, President of the Organizing Committee:“ I’m very satisfied about how the race turned out. I believe that having several races together is a winning formula, which offer to spectators a great show. Drivers gave fame to this race and I want to thank them all for having made another important Sanremo”.

Paolo Andreucci: “ Yesterday we had some problems that we solved. We were able to make a good tyre choice which helped us to exploit our car at the best. We have a great team and this has been proved solving the problems quickly and well. The gaps between drivers have been above average”.

Alessandro Perico: “Happy with our second place, sorry for Giandomenico (Basso) because it would have been nice to be able to fight till the end on equal terms”.

Simone Campedelli: “Sanremo is one of my favorite races, because I used to come here as a spectator 15 years ago. I was trying to find the right feeling after an injure quite painful and I raced with my pace. The rain changed our plans and the result obtained is really important to raise our spirit. Our intention is to continue the Italian Rally Championship”.