Philippe Bugalski has become the first man in a decade to win a World Championship Rally in a Formula 2 car. The Frenchman controlled the final leg of the Rallye Catalunya, finishing the event over 30 seconds ahead of Didier Auriol, whose Toyota team mate Carlos Sainz retired after the final stage with alternator problems.
The F2 Citroens dominated the rally. Local man Jesus Puras led the first day, but his Xsara would not restart in parc ferme at the beginning of the second leg. Team mate Philippe Bugalski inherited 1st position and continued to pull away over the rest of the event.
Tommi Makinen and Freddy Loix took 3rd and 4th for Mitsubishi, ahead of the Subaru's.
Rallye Catalunya, final positions
1. Philippe Bugalski Citroen 4h13m45.6s
2. Didier Auriol Toyota + 31.8s
3. Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi +2m21.1s
4. Freddy Loix Mitsubishi + 2m35.4s
5. Richard Burns Subaru + 4m01.9s
6. Juha Kankkunen Subaru + 4m47.3s
7. Bruno Thiry Subaru + 5m01.3s
8. Oriol Gomez Renault + 5m48.3s
9. Carlos Sainz Toyota + 6m20.5s
10. Luis Climent Subaru + 6m28.8s
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