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FIA PRODUCTION CAR WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 2: CORONA RALLY MEXICO
BALDACCI CLAIMS PODIUM FINISH ON HIS FIRST MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION OUTING  
5 MARCH 2006 LEG 3 RELEASE
 
GROUP N FINAL RESULTS
OVERALL FINAL RESULTS

Mirco Baldacci / Giovanni Agnese
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
 

Mirco Baldacci / Giovanni Agnese
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
 

Marcos Ligato / Ruben Garcia
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
 
San Marino driver Mirco Baldacci was delighted to place his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX on the podium in the standings for the Production Car World Rally Championship category of Corona Rally Mexico, which finished in Leon this afternoon.

This was Baldacci’s first ever round of the PWRC. He has previously competed in the Junior World Rally Championship. Despite no testing before the start of the central American rally, Baldacci and co-driver Giovanni Agnese, became one of the talking points of the rally as they progressed through the tricky, high-altitude stages with both pace and precision.

The reigning Production Car World Champion Toshi Arai won the event in his Subaru, with new championship leader Nasser Al-Attiyah taking second spot in a similar car. Hard on their heels, however, came the charging Baldacci.

"This is a fantastic result for me and for everybody involved with this car and team," said Baldacci. "I was a little bit concerned before the event, not having tested the car, but then when the rally got going, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is so easy to drive, everything came naturally. The roads were really tough, especially on the second run at the stages where a lot of the very big rocks had been pulled out into the road, but it was nothing the Mitsubishi couldn’t handle. The car was really reliable and fast. I was also really pleased with the speed I was showing. Basically, our pre-event test was two runs at the shakedown stage and then Friday morning in the competition. After that, we just got on and drove the car. I could see the times getting better, which is very encouraging for the rest of the season."

Argentina’s leading rally driver Marcos Ligato also clinched a solid points-paying finish in sixth position. The Tango Rally Team driver, who also uses a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, benefited from having his nation’s leading tennis player David Nalbandian with him in Mexico this week. Ligato was happy to head south, back to his homeland with points in the bag after what he admitted had been a very tough rally. Czech Republic driver Stipan Vojtech was right behind Nalbandian in seventh place after another strong run in his Lancer Evolution.

Corona Rally Mexico provides World Rally Championship competitors with a unique challenge: height and heat. All of the competition took place at an average of 2,000 metres, with the highest stage running up over 2,700 metres which can make for incredibly tough going for both man and machine. Added to that altitude were temperatures of more than 30 degrees. Combine those two factors and it’s easy to see why the competitors were pleased to see the finish.

In the overall standings, Sebastien Loeb won the rally for Citroen, with Subaru’s Petter Solberg taking second place and Manfred Stohl (Peugeot) in third. This result leaves Loeb out front in the drivers’ championship race, five points clear of Ford man Marcus Gronholm who was eighth after going off the road on day one.

The next round of the Production Car WRC means another transatlantic trip for the European competitors, as they ready themselves for Rally Argentina on April 27-30. The Cordoba-based rally will be one of the best-supported rounds of the series this season.


 GROUP N FINAL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
P
Arai Toshi
Tony Sircombe
Subaru Impreza STI 4:09:43.4 **:**.*
2
P
Nasser Al-Attiyah
Chris Patterson
Subaru Impreza STI 4:10:32.3 +48.9
3
P
Mirco Baldacci
Giovanni Agnese
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4:15:32.6 +5:49.2
4
P
Leszek Kuzaj
Maciek Szczepaniak
Subaru Impreza STI 4:19:29.6 +9:46.2
5
P
Sergey Uspenskiy
Dmitry Eremeev
Subaru Impreza STI 4:24:30.6 +14:47.2
6
P
Marcos Ligato
Ruben Garcia
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4:32:38.1 +22:54.7
7
P
Stepan Vojtech
Michal Ernst
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 4:36:30.2 +26:46.8
8 Javier Ortuno
Lorena Fuentes
Subaru Impreza STI 4:39:28.3 +29:44.9
9 Peter Thomson
Rod Hendricksen
Subaru Impreza WRX 4:43:03.0 +33:19.6
10
P
Jari-Matti Latvala
Miikka Anttila
Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:54:36.7 +44:53.3
11
P
Francisco Name
Armando Zapata
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII 4:56:54.7 +47:11.3
12 Alejandro Pimentel
Jorge Mondragon
Mitsubishi Lancer 4:56:57.1 +47:13.7
13 Wyeth Gubelmann
Cynthia Krolikowski
Subaru Impreza STI 4:57:43.0 +47:59.6
14 Loris Baldacci
Dario D'Esposito
Subaru Impreza STI 4:58:06.1 +48:22.7
15 Benito Guerra
Jaime Lozano
Mitsubishi Lancer 5:01:02.3 +51:18.9


 OVERALL FINAL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
M1
Sébastien Loeb
Daniel Elena
Citroen Xsara WRC A
1
3:47:08.8 **:**.*
2
M1
Petter Solberg
Phil Mills
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
2
3:47:57.7 +48.9
3
M2
Manfred Stohl
Ilka Minor
Peugeot 307 WRC A
3
3:51:47.9 +4:39.1
4 Daniel Sordo
Marc Marti
Citroen Xsara WRC A
4
3:52:36.5 +5:27.7
5
M2
Henning Solberg
Cato Menkerud
Peugeot 307 WRC A
5
3:59:44.2 +12:35.4
6 Gareth MacHale
Paul Nagle
Ford Focus RS WRC 05 A
6
4:03:11.1 +16:02.3
7
M1
Chris Atkinson
Glenn Macneall
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
7
4:07:48.3 +20:39.5
8
M1
Marcus Gronholm
Timo Rautiainen
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
8
4:08:53.0 +21:44.2
9
P
Arai Toshi
Tony Sircombe
Subaru Impreza STI N
1
4:09:43.4 +22:34.6
10
P
Nasser Al-Attiyah
Chris Patterson
Subaru Impreza STI N
2
4:10:32.3 +23:23.5
11
P
Mirco Baldacci
Giovanni Agnese
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N
3
4:15:32.6 +28:23.8
12
M2
Luis Pérez Companc
José Maria Volta
Ford Focus RS WRC 04 A
10
4:16:03.3 +28:54.5
13
P
Leszek Kuzaj
Maciek Szczepaniak
Subaru Impreza STI N
4
4:19:29.6 +32:20.8
14
M1
Mikko Hirvonen
Jarmo Lehtinen
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
11
4:23:18.9 +36:10.1
15
P
Sergey Uspenskiy
Dmitry Eremeev
Subaru Impreza STI N
5
4:24:30.6 +37:21.8
16
M2
Matthew Wilson
Michael Orr
Ford Focus RS WRC 04 A
12
4:26:57.5 +39:48.7
17
P
Marcos Ligato
Ruben Garcia
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N
6
4:32:38.1 +45:29.3
18
P
Stepan Vojtech
Michal Ernst
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII N
7
4:36:30.2 +49:21.4
19 Javier Ortuno
Lorena Fuentes
Subaru Impreza STI N
8
4:39:28.3 +52:19.5
20 Peter Thomson
Rod Hendricksen
Subaru Impreza WRX N
9
4:43:03.0 +55:54.2
../
22
P
Francisco Name
Armando Zapata
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII N
11
4:56:54.7 +1:09:45.9
23 Alejandro Pimentel
Jorge Mondragon
Mitsubishi Lancer N
12
4:56:57.1 +1:09:48.3
26 Benito Guerra
Jaime Lozano
Mitsubishi Lancer N
15
5:01:02.3 +1:13:53.5



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