Basso extends Madeira advantage

A good day at the office for Giandomenico Basso has seen the Abarth man stretch his advantage over the Peugeot hordes at the halfway point of day two on the 50th Rally Madeira, round seven of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge

Basso extends Madeira advantage

The Italian has performed flawlessly on the island's mountainous roads to claim four successive fastest stage times and build a 16.8-second advantage over Portuguese ace Bruno Magalhaes.

Right behind Magalhaes and keeping pace with him is his big rival for the Portuguese national championship, Alex Camacho. Defending IRC champion Nicolas Vouilloz lies fourth in his Benelux-entered Peugeot, while Luca Rossetti has managed to hold on to fifth despite damaging his Abarth's front suspension on SS4 and having to nurse the car through SS5 to service.

Behind the Italian come the battling title contenders Kris Meeke and Freddy Loix in their Peugeots, the Briton just getting back ahead of his Belgian rival before they returned to host city Funchal for servicing.

Behind them a total of four more Peugeots appear in line astern with Miguel Nunes leading Pole Michal Solowow, Corrado Fontana and Madeiran youngster Bernado Sousa, whose flag-waving presence has drawn the biggest cheers on the crowded hillsides.

Former IRC 2WD winner Marco Cavigioli lies 12th in his privately-entered Grande Punto and then Guy Wilks holds 13th spot in the Proton Satria Neo.

In the 2ED Cup it is a one-two for Renault Clio drivers Filipe Freitas and Joao Silva, with IRC regular Manuel Villa's Fiat Punto S1600 in fourth and the unique turbocharged Peugeot 207 of his title rival Denis Millet languishing in 11th.

Of the 69 starters there have been 15 retirements so far, most through mechanical problems but Filipe Silva's Renault Clio and Nuno Barossa Pereira's Subaru crashed out on SS2 and SS3 respectively.

The event continues with eight more stages this evening.

Basso takes lead in Rally Madeira

Previous article

Basso takes lead in Rally Madeira

Next article

Kris Meeke: Taming the lion within

Kris Meeke: Taming the lion within
Load comments
Ireland deserves a WRC round Plus

Ireland deserves a WRC round

Drivers are in accordance: Ireland should be in the World Rally Championship. DAVID EVANS followed the Circuit of Ireland and was left with no doubt that the drivers are right

Apr 23, 2014
Kubica's rally to recovery Plus

Kubica's rally to recovery

Robert Kubica's rally speed is obviously there - in abundance - but he's got to stop crashing. Charles Bradley went to the Azores to get the lowdown on the ex-F1 star's comeback trail

May 3, 2013
Why Kubica can win on ERC debut Plus

Why Kubica can win on ERC debut

Former GP winner Robert Kubica makes his international comeback this week in the Canaries Rally. And David Evans reckons he'll win aboard a Citroen DS3 RRC

Mar 21, 2013
Rallying's new era keeps the best of the old Plus

Rallying's new era keeps the best of the old

As the IRC to ERC transformation takes effect in Austria, David Evans is excited that the IRC's promotional strengths will carry over - but still wishes the WRC could get some of that magic

Jan 3, 2013
Farewell IRC, long live ERC Plus

Farewell IRC, long live ERC

As the Intercontinental Rally Challenge prepares for its swansong in Cyprus, David Evans recalls the shortlived series' heyday - and looks ahead to its European successor

Nov 1, 2012
The 2011 IRC season review Plus

The 2011 IRC season review

The fifth Intercontinental Rally Challenge was the best yet, and it was Skoda UK driver Andreas Mikkelsen who emerged as champion from a tense five-way shootout at the season finale. Matt Beer reviews the season

Nov 22, 2011
Who to watch in the Monte Carlo Rally Plus

Who to watch in the Monte Carlo Rally

This year is the Monte Carlo Rally's centenary and, just as in recent years, there's no shortage of World Rally Championship stars turning up to give the IRC regulars a run for their money

Jan 18, 2011
The top 10 IRC drivers of 2010 Plus

The top 10 IRC drivers of 2010

The competition didn't run as deep as it might have, but there was plenty of fight at the front with six of our top 10 winning rallies during the season. Matt Beer puts them in order

Nov 29, 2010