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Sanremo, 21 September 2002
Suzuki Team Germany's Niki Schelle is closing in on a points-scoring position after day two of the Sanremo Rallye.
Today's roads were typical of the event as a whole: twisty, demanding, and mountainous. Thousands of fans turned up to see their heroes in action, and every crew was tested to the limit.
"I think today's stages were even more difficult than yesterday's. "said Kangas. "But we are learning more about the car on asphalt all the time and I am looking forward to tomorrow."
The only small mechanical glitch Niwa suffered from before the accident was a faulty gearchange indicator on the opening stage, meaning that he could not tell which gear he was in. This problem was fixed at service, and Niwa continued to build on his progress. He suffered a front left puncture two kilometres from the finish of stage 12, but chose to continue and did not lose a lot of time.
Just four more stages complete the Sanremo Rallye tomorrow, totalling 88 competitive kilometres. The crews will start at 0600 (CET) and the winner is expected on the finish ramp in Sanremo at 1500 (CET).
Today in the JWRC:
The battle for the lead has been another tremendous scrap between local Italian asphalt experts Giandomenico Basso, Andrea Dallavilla, and Nicola Caldani. The group swapped seconds but it was Dallavilla's Citroen Saxo that claimed the overnight lead. Basso's Fiat is less than 10 seconds behind in second, while Caldani's similar Punto is just two seconds off asso, in third! There is everything to play for tomorrow, and Citroen driver Daniel Sola is also keen to get stuck into the battle. Niki Schelle is keen to score more points for Suzuki as well, after his success in Germany.
Suzuki versus rivals:
SS9 San Romolo 1 (10.69km)
Fastest JWRC: Giandomenico Basso (Fiat Punto) 7m18.5s
Schelle (8th fastest): 7m31.5s
Kangas (17th fastest): 7m55.3s
Niwa (19th fastest): 8m01.7s
SS10 Colle Langan 1 (42.31km)
Stage stopped after accident to Philippe Bugalski. All JWRC drivers given time of 30m39.5s
SS11 Cosio 2 (19.19km)
Fastest JWRC: Andrea Dallavilla (Citroen Saxo) 13m12.6s
Schelle (9th fastest): 13m26.4s
Kangas (15th fastest): 13m58.8s
Niwa (18th fastest): 14m22.3s
SS12 San Bartolomeo 2 (25.38km)
Fastest JWRC: Giandomenico Basso (Fiat Punto) 16m16.9s
Schelle (7th fastest): 16m32.4s
Kangas (15th fastest): 17m25.8s
Niwa (19th fastest): 18m24.1s
SS13 San Romolo 2 (10.69km)
Fastest JWRC: Giandomenico Basso (Fiat Punto) 7m33.3s
Schelle (6th fastest): 7m41.6s
Kangas (16th fastest): 8m04.2s
Niwa (18th fastest): 8m14.0s
SS14 Colle Langan 2 (42.31km)
Fastest JWRC: Daniel Sola (Citroen Saxo) 31m09.9s
Schelle (8th fastest): 31m59.3s
Kangas (14th fastest) 33m53.7s
Junior World Championship results at end of leg two:
1 Andrea Dallavilla (Fiat) 3h31m38.4s
2 Giandomenico Basso (Fiat) 3h31m47.9s
3 Nicola Caldani (Fiat) 3h31m49.9s
4 Daniel Sola (Citroen) 3h32m05.6s
5 Gianni Galli (Fiat) 3h32m31.6s
6 Francois Duval (Ford) 3h33m28.4s
7 Niki Schelle (Suzuki) 3h34m29.0s
15 Juha Kangas (Suzuki) 3h43m51.1s
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