Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Barum Rally: Rossetti finishes 10th - Basso grabs European Championship points

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During the second leg of Czech Republic's Barum Rally, round eight of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Luca Rossetti and Matteo Chiarcossi were delayed by a puncture three stages from the finish and hence the Abarth works crew dropped to 10th overall.

Despite not scoring points, Giandomenico Basso, alongside co-driver Mitia Dotta, remains third in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge standings. After yesterday's retirement, Basso was back in the event for the second day to try and collect European Rally Championship points, which are allocated to legs winner. Mission accomplished! This allows him to target the continental title.

The next round of the IRC will be the Rally Príncipe de Asturias in Spain, which is scheduled for 10-11 September. The event also counts towards the European Rally Championship.

Barum Rally Classification: 1. Kopecký-Stary (Skoda Fabia S2000) in 2hr 24min21.1s; 2. Meeke-Nagle (Peugeot 207 S2000) + 1min00.4s; 3. Hänninen-Markkula (Skoda Fabia S2000) + 2min00.8s; 4. Kresta-Gross (Peugeot 207 S2000) + 2min10.8s; 5. Prokop-Tománek (Peugeot 207 S2000) + 2min39.6s; 10. Rossetti-Chiarcossi (Abarth Grande Punto S2000).

Intercontinental Rally Challenge standings after 8 rounds: 1. Kris Meeke (GB), Peugeot, 42 points; 2. Jan Kopecký (CZ), Skoda, 39; 3. Giandomenico Basso (I), Abarth, and Freddy Loix (B), Peugeot, 27; 5. Juho Hänninen (FIN), Skoda, 20.

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