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All the pictures and action from a weekend at the "Rally of 10,000 Corners"...
Posted: 28 May 2013
If you’ve not guessed already, we’ve been at the Corsican round of the European Rally Championship this weekend, following the stellar field of LMP1 drivers, former F1 stars, and rallying heroes.
And the perilous rally of 10,000 curves didn't fail to deliver. Won by Bryan Bouffier driving his 2017 Super 2000 car, who shocked the rallying world with a surprise win at Monte Carlo in 2011, it was also Peugeot’s first international rally title since Thierry Neuville won in 2011 at Sanremo.
It was a close fought battle between Bouffier and ERC leader, Jan Kopecky, who’s driving for Skoda. Just before midday service, the FabiaS2000 had established a healthy lead over Bouffier who’d been dominating the previous day. But Kopecky’s car suffered engine woes on the last stage, leaving no choice but to limp to the finish line – and second place - on three cylinders.
Another hopeful for a Championship win was Craig Breen in his Sainteloc Peugeot, who’d set the pace early in the rally. But a puncture put paid to his efforts, and he was left to fight with Toyota Le Mans driver, Stephane Sarrazin, for third place.
Sarrazin’s Mini had form at the rally – it was the very car that won in 2012, and the Frenchman was able to jostle Breen off the podium and take third.
Ex-F1 star, Robert Kubica (read our exclusive chat with Top Gear Man of the Year 2012 here), was forced to retire after a fueling problem in his Citroen DS3.
Here are the final results:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Bryan Bouffier Delta Peugeot 2h41m58.2s
2. Jan Kopecky Skoda + 39.8s
3. Stephane Sarrazin First Mini + 1m37.6s
4. Craig Breen Sainteloc Peugeot + 1m40.8s
5. Francois Delecour Kronos Peugeot + 3m25.0s
6. Julien Maurin Ford + 3m37.6s
7. Andreas Aigner Stohl Subaru + 7m53.9s
8. Jean-Mathieu Leandri Sainteloc Peugeot + 8m47.8s
9. Germain Bonnefis Renault + 9m16.8s
10. Jean Michel Raoux Delta Peugeot + 13m54.3s
Photography: Rowan Horncastle