2006 Rally Catalunya

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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 base Salou
Dates run March 24 – 26 2006
Stages 16 (359.54 km; 223.41 mi)
Stage surface Tarmac
Overall distance 1,002.47 km (622.91 mi)
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Loeb
Belgium Kronos Total Citroën WRT
Crews 66 at start, 56 at finish

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.

Event[edit]

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 diasappointed with a tenth place finish. Panizzi promptly left the Red Bull Škoda team [4] and has not competed in a WRC round since.

Results[edit]

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

Retirements[edit]

Special stages[edit]

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

Championship standings after the event[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
JPN
Japan
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 2 2 1 1 36
2 Finland Marcus Grönholm 1 1 8 3 27
3 Spain Dani Sordo 8 16 4 2 14
4 Austria Manfred Stohl 4 18 3 12 11
5 Norway Petter Solberg Ret Ret 2 7 10
6 Finland Toni Gardemeister 3 6
Sweden Daniel Carlsson 3 6
8 Italy Gigi Galli Ret 4 5
France Alex Bengué 4 5
France Stéphane Sarrazin 5 8 5
Norway Henning Solberg Ret 8 5 5
Australia Chris Atkinson 6 11 7 11 5
13 Sweden Thomas Rådström 5 4
Czech Republic Jan Kopecký 11 13 5 4
15 Finland Kosti Katajamäki 6 3
Republic of Ireland Gareth MacHale 16 6 Ret 3
Belgium François Duval Ret 6 3
18 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 7 12 14 9 2
Spain Xavier Pons 9 7 Ret Ret 2
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
JPN
Japan
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
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)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
ESP
Spain
FRA
France
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
GER
Germany
FIN
Finland
JPN
Japan
CYP
Cyprus
TUR
Turkey
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
GBR
United Kingdom
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

References[edit]

  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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