52nd Rallye San Remo belongs to Ucci

52nd Rallye San Remo belongs to UcciFrom Rallye San Remo [ 25/09/2010 ].
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The race has been decided in the penultimate special stage. The direct rivals of the Tuscany driver, Rossetti and Basso suffered technical problems and punctures.

The checkered flag announcing the end of 52nd Sanremo Rally, tenth round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and sixth round of the Italian Rally Championship waved early this afternoon in front of the winners.

At the end of two challenging days, the long awaited and exciting race with 11 stages on the classic route of the Liguria west coast, put on the highest step of the podium Paolo Andreucci and his co-driver Anna Andreussi in a Peugeot 207 S2000.

The victory of this famous and historic rally 2010 has been decided mainly on SS 10 the penultimate test of the race, “Monte Ceppo”, where the direct rivals of Andreucci, the two Abarth Grande Punto S2000 of Luca Rossetti and Giandomenico Basso, suffered the first one of a puncture and the second one had problems with the transmissions. Part of these problems allowed Andreucci to reach his second win in Sanremo, the first one was in 2006. The race of the official Peugeot Italy driver, has been tough, since the beginning he tried to get in the lead, in spite of the bad weather and the few rainfalls, but at the end of day one on the 44 km long night stage, he had to give the lead to Basso.

This morning Andreucci started immediately very fast on the difficult stages of the Liguria interior and took the lead again and fight back the attack of his rivals.

This win is his fourth of the season, the one that with just two races to run, gives him the possibility to maybe win again the Italian Rally Championship. The Finn, Juho Hanninen, in a factory Skoda Fabia S2000, almost won the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, after Skoda won the Manufacturer title at Barum Rally.

Hanninen brought up a steady race, and tried not to risk too much, in view of the IRC title that is now very close. In the last stage Andreucci slowed down since there already was a good gap with his rivals in the Italian Championship, and the race finished with 4”4 between the Finn and the Italian.

The podium is completed by the Belgian driver Freddy Loix (Skoda), who had quite a difficult weekend, because he never found the right feeling with the route. Another driver who didn’t have a good weekend was Kris Meeke, last year winner of Rally Sanremo and 2009 IRC championship. The driver of Peugeot UK, started pushing hard but risked a lot at the end of leg one, breaking a rim, so today even if he tried to recover the time lost he wasn’t able to remount.

The two Official Abarth cars, after being in the lead for part of the race with good performances, they were not able to get on the podium: Rossetti – Chiarcossi are followed by the Skoda Fabia of Kopecky, who never entered the real fight for the top of the ranking as expected here, and then Basso –Dotta in seventh position overall.

Eight place overall for the Belgian driver Thierry Neuville (Peugeot), who did a good race in front of the much-decorated Gianfranco Cunico (Peugeot 207 S2000), who was able to put up a good challenge with the others, due also to his vast experience.

The top ten is completed by Bruno Magalhaes, with the factory Portugal Peugeot 207.

The performances of Renato Travaglia, of the French driver Bryan Bouffier, of Perico and Longhi, have been penalized by punctures.

Among the always very competitive local drivers stood out Alessio Pisi in a Peugeot 207 S2000, Sandro Sottile in a Honda Civic TypeR, first among the two wheel drive cars.

With still two races remaining, here in Sanremo haved been assigned two important Italian title. The young driver from Brescia, Stefano Albertini (Renault Clio Sport R3) won the Italian Junior Championship while the driver from Valtellina, Andrea Perego in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution won the Production Title, dedicated to cars derived form series cars.