MATOSINHOS (Portugal), March 19, 2000 – Richard Burns
brilliantly drove in Portugal his Pirelli-fitted Subaru to its 2nd
consecutive win in the 2000 Rally World Championship. Burns won 3
out of 3 Stages of Leg 3, and final (12 wins totally out of 23
Stages in the event), thus being able to catch and overtake Marcus
Gronholm’s Peugeot for the final victory.
This is the 115th World Champ. victory for Pirelli, which used
in Portugal just three different types (KM4, K2 and K4
respectively) of its PZero gravel range of tyres. Burns’ winning
Subaru had just one puncture over the whole event: it happened
during Leg 1, but thanks to the EMI anti-deflation system he didn’t
realize what had happened until the Stage end.
Thanks to the Portugal result, Burns now leads the Drivers’
World Championship, as Subaru-Pirelli (which in Portugal made its
Impreza WRC 2000 have its debut) increased their Manufacturers’
Mitsubishi drivers, Stohl and Menzi, give even more value to
Pirelli by increasing their lead in Group N.
FINAL STANDINGS (23 SSs in total):
1. Burns-Reid (Subaru-Pirelli), 4h34m00.0; 2. Gronholm (Peugeot) +
6.5; 3. Sainz (Ford) + 2m09.2; 4. Rovanpera (Toyota) +3m18.2; 5.
Delecour (Peugeot) +4m06.3; 6. Martin (toyota) +6m11.6; . . .; 9.
Gardemeister (SEAT-Pirelli) + 8m24.2; 10. Auriol (SEAT-Pirelli) +
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS (after 4 events)
1. Burns pt.22; 2. Makinen e Gromnholm 16; 4. Sainz 13; 5.
Kankkunen 11; 6. McRae e Auriol 4; 8. Gardemeister, Radstrom e
Rovanpera 3. . .
1. Subaru-Pirelli pt.35; 2. Mitsubishi e Peugeot 20; 4. Ford 13; 5.
SEAT-Pirelli 7; 6. Skoda 3
1. Stohl pt.23; 2. Menzi 14; 3. Campos 10; 4. Sanchez 7 . . .
Next World Champ. event: Catalunya (Spain, all asphalt),
30 March – 2 April