ONCE AGAIN PIRELLI GRABS THE “SISTERON CROWN”
Milan, January 22, 2000 - After the big
disappointment of Friday morning, when the WRC99 Subaru Impreza
failed to start in par ferme and prevented to Richard Burns to
proceed in his personal fight with Tommi Makinen, Pirelli can be
happy with the 3rd and last Leg of the Monte Carlo
Rally. The event concluded itself giving Pirelli the
3rd and 4th final positions, thanks
respectively to Kankkunen’s Subaru and to Gardemeister’s SEAT.
But what excited most was the super performance of Kankkunen on the
“historic” and extra-complex Stage of Sisteron, where the 4
times world champion scored victory also thanks to the soft ”
termical” compound of the Pirelli PZero RS9 he had chosen for
that stage. This allowed Kankkunen to be fastest both on the dry
tarmac which characterized most of the SS, and on the central icy
kms at Col te Fontbelle.
Bad luck for Didier Auriol in the end of the
rally, when his Pirelli-fitted SEAT retired due to engine
Pirelli-fitted are also the Mitsubishis of
Manfred Stohl, Gianluigi Galli
Trelles, 1st, 2nd and
3rd in this order in Group N.
The Rally World Champ. heads now to Sweden
(10-13 February), where thanks to its successful winter testing
Pirelli hopes for a very interesting result. At Monte Carlo the
Subaru e SEAT’s drivers’ comments regarding our tyres were always
very positive, so confirming the high rate of competitiveness and
reliability of the Pirelli PZero range for snow and ice.
Final standings (15 SSs totally): 1.
T.Makinen (Mitsubishi), 3h22m34.1; 2. C.Sainz (Ford)
+1m24s9; 3. J.Kankkunen (Subaru-Pirelli) +3m21s4; 4.
T.Gardemeister (SEAT-Pirelli) +3m45s1; 5. B.Thiry (Toyota)
+4m48s4; . . .; 9. (and 1st Gr.N) M.Stohl
Drivers’ Rally World Champ. (after 1
event): 1. T.Makinen pt.10; 2. C.Sainz 6; 3. J.Kankkunen 4;
4. T.Gardemeister 3; 5. B.Thiry 2; 6. F.Loix 1
Manufacturers’ Rally World Champ. (after
1 event): 1. Mitsubishi pt.12; 2. Ford 6; 3. Subaru 4; 4.