Bouffier takes Monte Carlo win

By on Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bryan Bouffier clinched by far the biggest win of his career by cruising to victory in the Monte Carlo Rally.

Prior to this year's Monte, Bouffier had never even scored an Intercontinental Rally Challenge point, having been quick but luckless on his previous appearances.

But the reigning French champion took control of the Monte with an inspired tyre choice and perfect drive on the rally's only two snow-hit stages - which turned the leaderboard inside out.

"It's fantastic, really fantastic, I'm so happy," he said. "I had big pressure, but I was thinking about the end of the stage. There was a lot of emotion, it's fantastic.

"Monte Carlo for a rally driver is really amazing, especially this year with lots of fantastic drivers and amazing weather conditions."

Pos  Driver              Car        Time/Gap
 1.  Bryan Bouffier      Peugeot  3h32m55.6s
 2.  Freddy Loix         Skoda       + 32.5s
 3.  Stephane Sarrazin   Peugeot     + 51.9s
 4.  Guy Wilks           Peugeot   + 1m19.7s
 5.  Francois Delecour   Peugeot   + 1m22.4s
 6.  Juho Hanninen       Skoda     + 1m29.3s
 
7.  Nicolas Vouilloz    Skoda     + 4m47.8s
 8.  Jan Kopecky         Skoda     + 7m45.9s
9.  Giandomenico Basso  Peugeot   + 8m46.0s

2003 WRC Champion Petter Solberg finished 7th but later lost it after he retired road section after the final stage


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