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Gardemeister snelste in Rally Monte Carlo proloog + updates

Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Do Jan 21, 2010 01:31

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Gardemeister snelste in Rally Monte Carlo proloog
20-01-2010

Het Abarth fabrieksteam doet weliswaar niet mee aan deze rally, maar de Fin Toni Gardemeister rijdt wèl in een Abarth Grane Punto S2000 en won de proloog van de Monte Carlo Rally. Hij reed de 8.83 kilometer lange proef van Lente op de Col de l’Echarasson naar de finish aan de voet van de Col de Gaudissart in 6:54:2. Hij was zelf hoogstverbaasd de snelste tijd te hebben gezet, omdat hij maar 50 kilometer met de auto had gereden vòòr de start van de rally. Naast twee andere privé-Abarth Grande Punto's van de Fransen Renaud Poutot/Lionel Currat en Olivier Marty/Thomas Roux (23e en 24e plaats), reed er ook een Alfa 147 TS mee, die derde eindigde in zijn klasse (N3), bestuurd door Martin Rada and Jaroslav Jugas:

The factory Scorpion team might have backed away from the toughest of challenges, however Toni Gardemeister has immediately registered his intent to fight for victory by winning the the prologue stage of the 78th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo at the wheel of a private Astra-run Abarth Grande Punto S2000 last night. "The time was OK, but cleaning was difficult," said the Finn at the end of the short stage, "I didn't know, if there was dry tarmac or ice." The 78th Rallye Monte Carlo is the opening round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Gardemeister and co-driver Tomi Tuominen completed the 8.83-kilometre climb from Lente up the Col de l’Echarasson to the finish at the foot of the Col de Gaudissart in a time of 6:54:2. The Finn, who was lying second overall last year in a similar Astra Racing-run Abarth Grande Punto S2000, before retiring, said last night that he was surprised to have gone fastest of all having only completed 50 kilometres of pre-event testing. Gardemeister commented: “The grip was better than I expected it to be even though there was ice for 40 per cent of the stage. The speed did not feel so good so I am surprised I was fastest.”

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Although the results of the stage won’t count towards the final standings, they will have an influence on the starting order for today’s opening leg. But rather than tackling today’s four stages first on the road, Gardemeister will be the tenth car to head out from the service park in Valence. That’s because the top ten seeded finishers from yesterday evening’s test will run in reverse order when the action proper gets underway this morning. The other two private Abarth Grande Punto S2000 machines in the 78th edition of the world's most prestigious rally are being campaigned by privateer French crews Renaud Poutot/Lionel Currat and Olivier Marty/Thomas Roux, they were locked in battle last night finishing 23rd and 24th overall on the prologue respectively.
Meanwhile a highly impressive 42nd overall out of the 55 crews to safely complete the prologue stage was Martin Rada and Jaroslav Jugas in their venerable Alfa Romeo 147 TS. The Czech crew, who turned in a true giant-killing performance last year with the same car, were third in their class (N3) over the short stage last night.

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Nicolas Vouilloz, making his debut appearance in a Skoda Fabia S2000, was second fastest even though he reported driving conservatively for much of the stage, with his Skoda Motorsport team-mate Jan Kopecky third last night. “It was very slippery at the first corner so I decided not to take too much risk after that,” said the Frenchman. Defending IRC champion Kris Meeke was fourth in a Peugeot 207, with Mikko Hirvonen giving M-Sport’s new Fiesta S2000 a promising debut with the fifth quickest time. Meeke, and last year’s Monte Carlo winner, Sebastien Ogier, both picked up punctures during the stage but completed the run without dropping too much time. Skoda UK driver Guy Wilks was first to tackle the 8.83-kilometre course in his Fabia Super 2000. He was eight fastest and said: “It was tricky because it was difficult to see if you were driving on ice or a damp surface. If anything we had the car set-up too hard so it’s something else we’ve learned and that can only help for tomorrow.” Portugal’s Bruno Magalhaes admitted he had struggled during the opening section of the stage as he adapted to driving his Peugeot 207 on studded tyres for the first time. He was 12th fastest. “It was wet Tarmac for the first 1.8 kilometres and I lost a lot of time because of this,” he said. The rally though got off to a very disappointing start for new Renault Formula One driver Robert Kubica. He is reported to have retired from the prologue stage with a suspected engine failure. It’s not clear if he will start the rally proper today. Special stage one, from Burzet to Lachamp Raphael in the Ardeche region of France, gets underway at 11:51 local time today.
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Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Za Jan 23, 2010 13:39

Update 21-01-2010:

Gardemeister's goede start werd helaas teniet gedaan door o.a. een verkeerde bandenkeuze. Doordat hij op droog-weer banden reed en de wegen nat en glibberig waren, kon hij niet voluit rijden en raakte hij in een bocht zelfs een muur, waardoor kostbare tijd verloren ging. "We doen ons uiterste best, maar het zit ons gewoon niet mee", was Gardemeister's commentaar:

Toni Gardemeister's 78th Rallye Monte Carlo challenge crumbled on the opening day as the Abarth driver lost time by running dry weather tyres on the rain-hit opening brace of stages and when he overshot a left-hander on the second run and clouted a stone wall. Damage to the private Astra Racing-run Abarth Grande Punto S2000 was miraculously limited to a scuffed front-right bumper and Gardemeister was able to continue and aim for a top-six finish.
The Finn was sixth fastest through SS1 but fitted dry weather tyres when the surface was slippery and as a result he dropped 30.8 seconds to the stage winner. "We had a problem with the tyre choice, it wasn't good, hope it will be fine at next stage," reported Gardemeister. On SS2 he had the same grip problem, dropping 44.7 seconds after setting the seventh fastest time overall, sliding the Abarth driver down one slot to seventh place. "Really really bad, in one corner we went of the road," reported Gardemeister. However he was glad to have survived a potentially rally-ending moment on this stage where he missed a turn and hit a wall, escaping with only minor damage.

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On the third stage, the penultimate test of the bay, Gardemeister dropped 31.8 seconds after going through ninth fastest. "We were pushing hard, but the times just aren't coming," the downcast Finn said, however with rival Sébastien Ogier dropping two minutes after damaging a wheel the Abarth driver was promoted up the order one place to sixth. Gardemeister's Abarth Grande Punto is a 2008-build car which is owned by the Spanish private d'Ambra team. First used by Italian driver Alessio Pisi on the Rally delle Valli Imperiesi in 2008, most recently the Super 2000 machine was campaigned last year on selected IRC rounds by Pisi and Frenchman Olivier Burri. The final stage of the day saw Gardemeister continue to struggle for pace, losing 1m26.4s after setting the eighth-quickest time. "No problem, maybe wrong tyre combination, I thought we could perform better, but there is no chance," said the Finn. It all added up to leave Gardemeister seventh overall, 2m43.2s off the rally leader going into today's, six-stage, second-leg.

The two private Abarth Grande Puntos in the rally, both with French crews onboard, had a difficult day. On the second stage disaster struck Olivier Marty and Thomas Roux, they ran out of fuel and were forced to push the car five kilometers to the stage finish which cost the pair 12m59s and dropped them way down the order to 42nd overall. The second stage also saw the retirement of the third and final Abarth Grande Punto in the rally, that of Renaud Poutot and Lionel Currat. By the end of the day however Marty and Roux had worked their way back up to an overnight 35th place. Meanwhile Martin Rada and Joroslav Jugas were ran strongly all day and ended the leg in 40th place in their Alfa 147 TS.
Meanwhile at the front Mikko Hirvonen capped an impressive competition debut for the M-Sport Fiesta Super 2000 by completing the opening leg with a 41.9-second lead over reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Kris Meeke. Hirvonen, from Finland, went fastest on yesterday morning’s first stage from Burzet to Lachamp Raphael and was never headed at the top of the leaderboard thereafter. He was quickest again when the 27.27-kilometre run was repeated in the afternoon and was able to extend his advantage after Peugeot 207 driver Stephane Sarrazin suffered a puncture on stage four and slipped down the order. The French driver’s delay promoted Meeke into second place. The Briton adopted a cautious approach and drove without error throughout the day in his efforts to begin his title defence with a points finish, having crashed out of this event last season. Meeke felt he could have been closer to the leader but for a confidence-denting moment on the second stage when he locked up at high speed braking for a left-hand corner.

Juho Hanninen heads the works Skoda Motorsport challenge after lead driver Jan Kopecky lost more than three minutes with a front-right puncture close to the start of the first stage. Hanninen reported a few scares in the thick fog that descended on a 12-kilometre section of the second stage from St Pierreville to Antraigues, but otherwise enjoyed a trouble-free day. Kopecky recovered to hold 12th overnight. Nicolas Vouilloz, on a one-off drive with the Skoda squad, holds fourth overall after the first day of competition. He spent the morning acclimatising to the Fabia S2000 and admitted his choice of tyres had been too conservative. Last year’s Monte Carlo winner Sébastien Ogier had closed to within 4.9 seconds of leader Hirvonen after two stages but his hopes of a top finish evaporated when he went off the road on the third stage on a patch of snow and damaged his front-right wheel, losing 1m30s in the process. He fought back with the quickest time on the final stage of the day to complete the leg 1m51s adrift of Hirvonen in fifth overall.
Peugeot Portugal driver Bruno Magalhaes said he was satisfied with how his Monte Carlo debut had gone so far as he adapted to driving on slippery asphalt for the first time. He lies sixth overnight, one place ahead of Gardemeister. Sarrazin, who had complained of a loss of engine power on the first stage, reached the overnight halt in Valence in eight, clearly frustrated that his bid for victory had suffered a serious blow due to his puncture, which added almost three minutes to his total time. Austria’s Franz Wittmann spent the morning stages adapting to his Peugeot 207, which he was using for the first time in the IRC. He improved his pace in the afternoon and completed the first leg in ninth but said he still lacked confidence.

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Briton Guy Wilks lies tenth overnight in the Skoda UK Motorsport Fabia. With seldom experience of driving his car on asphalt, Wilks used the day to gather more mileage in the car and experiment with different settings. He reckoned his choice of tyres hadn’t been ideal for the conditions, while a spin on the final stage of the day cost him 20 seconds. Leading Clio R3 European Trophy runner Mathieu Arzeno, from France, tops the IRC 2WD Cup in 13th overall with Italian Matteo Gamba second and Belgium’s Kris Princen third. Of the 58 starters, 46 crews returned to the service in Valence following a tough day of competition in the French Ardeche region. Today’s action is due to get underway with the 25.30-kilometre stage from Labatie D’Andaure to St Pierre Sur Doux.

78th Rallye Monte Carlo, provisional positions after Leg 1

1 Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Fiesta S2000 1h34m01.8s
2 Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle Peugeot 207 S2000 +41.9s
3 Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula Skoda Fabia S2000 +1m04.4s
4 Nicolas Vouilloz/Benjamin Veillas Skoda Fabia S2000 +1m20.3s
5 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m51.1s
6 Bruno Magalhaes/Carlos Magalhaes Peugeot 207 S2000 +2m28.1s
7 Toni Gardemeister/Tomi Tuominen Abarth Grande Punto S2000 +2m43.2s
8 Stephane Sarrazin/Jacques Julien Renucci Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m15.8s
9 Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m44.1s
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Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Za Jan 23, 2010 13:44

Update 22-01-2010:

Toni Gardemeister's efforts on the 78th Rallye Monte Carlo took a further knock yesterday as he lost a big chunk of time with a puncture on stage five and two spins on stage nine which drop him down to tenth place overall going into today's final leg. Driving an Astra Racing-prepared Grande Punto S2000 on the rally for the second consecutive year, Gardemeister's troubles followed a very difficult opening day when wrong tyre choices and an off cost him time.
Thursday's six-stage second day, taking place in the Haute Loire region of France, started off in the worst possible way for Gardemeister as he lost 2m47.9s to the winner of the first stage of the morning (SS5) after posting the 32nd fastest time following a puncture; it dropped him from his overnight seventh place to ninth overall.

Although the weather conditions were remarkably tame on Wednesday’s first leg, black ice and snow littered yesterday’s first two stages. The majority of the leading crews opted to use full studded tyres for the first loop in the hope they would provide sufficient grip to withstand the treacherous stage conditions. The Finn lost a further 1m25.3s on the next test, SS6, with twelfth fastest time after a conservative run. "We had a puncture on the first stage and now we went very careful with spare tyre without studs," he said. The next test saw the Abarth driver bouncing back, going sixth fastest and reporting: "It was little bit muddy and damp, but no problem," as the crews headed to the first of the day's two service points. Into the second loop of three stages Gardemeister posted another sixth fastest time on SS8, however on the next stage he suffered two spins and was only twelfth quickest, dropping 1m51.0s to the fastest car through the stage. With a battered car, the Finn was eight fastest on the last stage of the day: "We lost the bumper on the previous stage so we had only light on the bonnet shining too high," reported Gardemeister. It leaves him in tenth spot going into the final day today, but a massive 9m13.0s off the rally leader, Mikko Hirvonen, and nearly two minutes off the car in front on the leaderboard. Elsewhere the only other Abarth Grande Punto in the rally, the private-entry of Olivier Marty, continued to fight back up the order after he lost time on day one after running out of fuel and having to push the car 5 kilometres to the finish. He is in 22nd overall at parc ferme in Valence going into today's last day, 25m34.1s off the rally leader, while Monte Carlo regular Martin Rada in his N3 class Alfa 147 TS is still going strong and now up to 36th overall.

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At the front Hirvonen continues to lead the rally , the opening round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The Finn, who is driving the M-Sport Fiesta S2000 in competition for the first time, heads the overall standings by 47.7 seconds following Thursday’s six stages. Juho Hanninen is second for the works Skoda Motorsport team with Sebastien Ogier battling from fifth, at the start of yesterday, up to third, last night, in a Peugeot 207 S2000, courtesy of three stage wins. While Hirvonen edged closer to a debut IRC victory, last year’s champion Kris Meeke was an early retirement, crashing out one kilometre from the start of the day’s first stage. The Briton clipped a patch of black ice on a right-hand bend, understeered into a low bridge and veered down a bank, where his Peugeot 207 became stranded. Meeke opted to run half studs in the hope they would give him an advantage on the third stage of the day, which was largely free of ice and snow. Unfortunately for the Peugeot UK driver he never made it that far and, for a second year in succession, he and Irish co-driver Paul Nagle have failed to finish the demanding asphalt event. Hirvonen’s day wasn’t entirely free of incident. He picked up a front-left puncture six kilometres from the end of the day’s second stage when he struck a rock lying in a snow bank. It resulted in a 40-second delay for the 29-year-old World Rally Championship regular. Hanninen inherited second overall when Meeke crashed but felt he could have been closer on time to his countryman Hirvonen heading into Friday’s final leg. He said he had driven too aggressively on the day’s last stage, which caused his rear tyres to lose grip towards the end of the run. Ogier’s main cause of complaint occurred on the last test of the opening loop of three stages when he and co-driver Julien Ingrassia received a split time that was faster than they had actually recorded. Assuming they were setting a strong pace, they backed off in order to avoid making any mistakes but were ultimately too cautious than they should have been.
Skoda driver Nicolas Vouilloz started the day ahead of Ogier but, despite going fastest on the first stage, was powerless to prevent last year’s Monte Carlo winner from moving ahead. After a time-consuming puncture on Wednesday, Stephane Sarrazin suffered further delay today when he slid into a snow bank on stage six and got stuck for more than two minutes. The French Peugeot driver blamed the incident on carrying too much speed into an ice-coated corner. Franz Wittmann, Guy Wilks and Bruno Magalhaes completed the top eight at the overnight halt in Valence while next up was Skoda driver Kopecky who suffered a puncture on stage seven.

Today’s final leg gets underway with the 30.42-kilometre stage from Montauban sur Ouveze to Eygalayes, 120 kilometres south east of Valence. Crews then continue south to Monte Carlo for an early evening service before they tackle the final four stages at night, which include two passes over the famous Col de Turini in the mountains above Monaco. The first car is due to finish at 0105hrs on Saturday.

78th Rallye Monte Carlo, leading positions at the end of Leg 2

1 Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Fiesta S2000 3h12m44.0s
2 Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula Skoda Fabia S2000 +47.7s
3 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m10.3s
4 Nicolas Vouilloz/Benjamin Veillas Skoda Fabia S2000 +1m34.3s
5 Stephane Sarrazin/Jacques Julien Renucci Peugeot 207 S2000 +6m06.0s
6 Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha Peugeot 207 S2000 +6m53.8s
7 Guy Wilks/Phil Pugh Skoda Fabia S2000 +7m07.3s
8 Bruno Magalhaes/Carlos Magalhaes Peugeot 207 S2000 +7m12.8s
9 Jan Kopecky/Petr Stary Skoda Fabia S2000 +7m24.4s
10 Toni Gardemeister/Tomi Tuominen Abarth Grande Punto S2000 +9m13.0s
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Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Za Jan 23, 2010 13:49

Update 22-01-2010:

Na een paar moeilijke proeven met pech, heeft Gardemeister helaas op moeten geven, doordat hij met de auto in een sneeuwbank reed. Hierdoor was reparatie nodig, maar 's ochtends na de reparatie bleek de auto tè beschadigd te zijn om nog mee te rijden. Om verdere motorschade te voorkomen, heeft het team zich teruggetrokken:

After two very difficult days in the snow and ice in the South of France, Toni Gardemeister has retired from the 78th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, round one of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge, early this morning. The Finn had damaged his Astra Racing-run Abarth Grande Punto S2000 when he crashed into a snow bank during yesterday's penultimate stage of the day. Although his mechanics made swift repairs during the evening service halt in Valence in the hope the Finn could continue this morning, the car’s engine had in fact suffered irreparable damage. Gardemeister stopped on the road section heading to today’s first stage. Astra Racing boss Luca Pregliasco commented: “Unfortunately we were not able to continue as a consequence of the damage sustained yesterday. As we knew we would not get to the finish we asked Toni to stop to prevent further damage. It’s a pity as Toni is a star driver who was once again doing a great job for us.
Gardemeister, 34, has a strong record on the legendary asphalt rally in France. He finished second with Astra Racing in 2006, and last season he climbed as high as second place in an Abarth Grande Punto, that was again being run by the private Italian team. This year he has endured a very difficult event. Fastest on Tuesday evening's opening prologue stage, this pace didn't translate into the rally proper, and on Wednesday he lost time by running dry weather tyres on the rain-hit opening brace of stages and more precious seconds when he overshot a left-hander on the day's second run and clouted a stone wall. Damage was miraculously limited to a scuffed front-right bumper. Yesterday Gardemeister endured further loss of time with a puncture on the first stage of the second leg and then with two spins on the penultimate test of the day. That dropped him down to an overnight tenth overall going into today's final stages.

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It means there is just a single Abarth Grande Punto S2000 left in this year's edition of the legendary Rallye Monte Carlo, the private-entry of Frenchman Olivier Marty. He is locked into a battle to claw his way back up the leaderboard after he lost time on day one after running out of fuel and having to push the car to the stage finish line. Marty is up to 22nd place overall going into today's last day, but a massive 25m34.1s off the rally leader.
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