Craig Breen did not make it – Stephane Sarrazin held on to third spot overall, after a very solid second day for the Frenchman. Breen’s efforts were not helped by another mistake today, but that did not stop him from trying and pushing. In the end, however, it simply wasn’t enough and Irishman had to settle for fourth, mere 3.2 seconds behind Sarrazin.
Further up the order, Bryan Bouffier claimed the commanding victory, finishing the rally almost 40 seconds ahead of Jan Kopecky. Czech driver said he needs to keep the bigger picture in mind, before he set off to the last stage of the event. And it’s good he did, because on the very last stage, his Škoda Fabia S2000 ran into engine problems, costing Kopecky some time. His lead over Sarrazin was big enough, though, so the late scare caused no bigger damage.
Great days of racing on the legendary corsican stages were best summed up by the living legend of this sport, Francois Delecour. Frenchman was happy with the result, and you could hear it in his voice – not many rallies can compare to the character of the classics, such as Monte, or Corsica.
“These young drivers are very fast. But I’m happy. I wish we can continue tomorrow”, Delecour said, obviously eager to put even more competitive mileage under his belt. Fancy a WRC rounds, Francois – there are three days in there!