2006 Rally Catalunya

The 42º Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada, the fourth round of the 2006 World Rally Championship season, took place from March 24 to 26, 2006.

2006 Rally Catalunya
42º Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada
Round 4 of the 2006 World Rally Championship
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Salou boulevard.jpg
Salou boulevard, host of 2006 Rally Catalunya
Rally baseSalou
Dates runMarch 24 – 26 2006
Stages16 (359.54 km; 223.41 miles)
Stage surfaceTarmac
Overall distance1,002.47 km (622.91 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
Belgium Kronos Total Citroën WRT
Crews66 at start, 56 at finish

EventEdit

The rally was the first all-tarmac event of the season. The event was marred by an accident in the JWRC category which resulted in the death of the co-driver Jörg Bastuck.[1] Eventually the rally saw the second win of the season for the reigning world champion Sébastien Loeb, although the early pacesetter was Ford's Marcus Grönholm. After winning the first three stages, he suffered turbo problems[2] on stage five but fought back from tenth place to eventually take third place. Ahead of Grönholm was the first podium for Spain's Dani Sordo with a fast run that was publicly acknowledged by Loeb.[3] Further down the field, the twice previous Rally Catalunya winner Gilles Panizzi disappointed with a tenth-place finish. Panizzi promptly left the Red Bull Škoda team [4] and has not competed in a WRC round since.

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC 3:22:01.7 0.0 10
2.   Dani Sordo   Marc Martí Citroën Xsara WRC 3:22:49.9 48.2 8
3.   Marcus Grönholm   Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 3:23:47.5 1:45.8 6
4.   Alex Bengué   Caroline Escudero Peugeot 307 WRC 3:24:03.6 2:01.9 5
5.   Jan Kopecký   Filip Schovánek Škoda Fabia WRC 3:24:58.9 2:57.2 4
6.   François Duval   Patrick Pivato Škoda Fabia WRC 3:25:39.5 3:37.8 3
7.   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC2006 3:25:49.9 3:48.2 2
8.   Stéphane Sarrazin   Stéphane Prévot Subaru Impreza WRC2006 3:26:38.1 4:36.4 1
JWRC
1.(17.)   Martin Prokop   Jan Tománek Citroën C2 S1600 3:46:04.0 0.0 10
2.(18.)   Bernd Casier   Frédéric Miclotte Renault Clio S1600 3:46:46.3 42.3 8
3.(19.)   Kris Meeke   Glenn Patterson Citroën C2 S1600 3:47:09.4 1:05.4 6
4.(21.)   Jozef Béreš jun.   Petr Starý Suzuki Ignis S1600 3:48:02.1 1:58.1 5
5.(24.)   Michał Kościuszko   Jarek Baran Suzuki Ignis S1600 3:50:34.6 4:30.6 4
6.(25.)   Conrad Rautenbach   David Senior Renault Clio S1600 3:50:53.1 4:49.1 3
7.(26.)   Fatih Kara   Cem Bakançocukları Renault Clio S1600 3:52:00.3 5:56.3 2
8.(30.)   Brice Tirabassi   Jacques-Julien Renucci Citroën C2 S1600 3:54:45.4 8:41.4 1

RetirementsEdit

Special stagesEdit

All dates and times are CET (UTC+1) from 24 to 25 March 2006 and CEST (UTC+2) in 26 March 2006.

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(24 MAR)
SS1 08:05 Querol 1 25.43 km   M. Grönholm 13:36.7 112.1 km/h   M. Grönholm
SS2 08:53 el Montmell 1 24.13 km   M. Grönholm 12:35.6 115.0 km/h
SS3 12:33 Querol 2 25.43 km   M. Grönholm 13:44.4 111.1 km/h
SS4 13:21 el Montmell 2 24.13 km   S. Loeb 12:31.8 115.6 km/h
SS5 16:31 Colldejou 26.51 km   S. Loeb 15:42.1 101.3 km/h   S. Loeb
SS6 17:24 Riudecaynes 11.60 km   S. Loeb 7:45.3 89.8 km/h
2
(25 MAR)
SS7 07:50 Duesaigues 1 11.50 km   M. Grönholm 7:47.8 88.5 km/h
SS8 08:36 Vilaplana 1 28.32 km   M. Grönholm 16:36.4 102.4 km/h
SS9 09:59 Margalef - la Palma d'Ebre 1 15.85 km   S. Loeb 9:35.2 99.2 km/h
SS10 13:09 Duesaigues 2 11.50 km   D. Sordo 8:04.7 85.4 km/h
SS11 13:55 Vilaplana 2 28.32 km   M. Grönholm 16:44.7 101.5 km/h
SS12 15:18 Margalef - la Palma d'Ebre 2 15.85 km   S. Loeb 9:33.2 99.6 km/h
3
(26 MAR)
SS13 07:53 el Lloar - la Figuera 1 22.43 km   M. Grönholm 12:41.5 106.0 km/h
SS14 09:05 Pratdip 1 26.47 km   M. Grönholm 15:36.5 101.8 km/h
SS15 11:56 el Lloar - la Figuera 2 22.43 km   M. Grönholm 12:41.5 106.0 km/h
SS16 13:08 Pratdip 2 26.47 km   M. Grönholm 15:40.6 101.4 km/h

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
GER
 
FIN
 
JPN
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
AUS
 
NZL
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 2 2 1 1 36
2   Marcus Grönholm 1 1 8 3 27
3   Dani Sordo 8 16 4 2 14
4   Manfred Stohl 4 18 3 12 11
5   Petter Solberg Ret Ret 2 7 10
6   Toni Gardemeister 3 6
  Daniel Carlsson 3 6
8   Gigi Galli Ret 4 5
  Alex Bengué 4 5
  Stéphane Sarrazin 5 8 5
  Henning Solberg Ret 8 5 5
  Chris Atkinson 6 11 7 11 5
13   Thomas Rådström 5 4
  Jan Kopecký 11 13 5 4
15   Kosti Katajamäki 6 3
  Gareth MacHale 16 6 Ret 3
  François Duval Ret 6 3
18   Mikko Hirvonen 7 12 14 9 2
  Xavier Pons 9 7 Ret Ret 2
Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
GER
 
FIN
 
JPN
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
AUS
 
NZL
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
GER
 
FIN
 
JPN
 
CYP
 
TUR
 
AUS
 
NZL
 
GBR
 
1 Kronos Total Citroën WRT 11 13 10 10 44
2 BP Ford World Rally Team 14 12 4 12 42
3 Subaru World Rally Team 5 3 12 11 31
4 OMV-Peugeot Norway 6 4 11 21
5 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team 0 7 2 1 10
6 Red Bull-Škoda Team 3 0 5 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Co-driver dies in rally accident". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  2. ^ "Loeb snatches lead in Catalunya". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  3. ^ "Loeb remains on top in Catalunya". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  4. ^ "Rovanpera in for Panizzi at Skoda". bbc.co.uk. 2006-03-30. Retrieved 2008-05-31.

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