2011 Mecsek Rallye
|2011 Mecsek Rallye
Canon 45. Mecsek Rallye
|Round 8 of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season
|Dates run||10 – 11 September 2011|
|Stages||14 (251.86 km; 156.50 mi)|
|Overall distance||825.24 km (512.78 mi)|
|Overall winner|| Jan Kopecký
|Crews||47 at start, 31 at finish|
The 2011 Mecsek Rallye, officially Canon 45. Mecsek Rallye, was the eighth round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) season. The fourteen stage asphalt rally – held as a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for the first time – took place over 10–11 September 2011 with all stages held in daylight.
The rally, which was run for the 45th time, was based in the Mecsek mountain city of Pécs, in the Baranya County of Hungary. The opening events took place on 9 September, starting in Széchenyi square, in the old town of Pécs with a special musical performance, composed by Tibor Bogányi, the conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, for brass winds and car horns. Following the short concert the racers drove from the square to the Pécs Plaza, where the ceremonial start was held and the rally was officially opened by Csaba Nagy, deputy mayor of Pécs, Erik Bánki, president of the Tourist and Sports Committee of the Parliament and Zsolt Gyulay, head of the National Automobilesport Federation of Hungary. The prologue was staged in the late afternoon on a 1.2 km (0.75 mi) track and was won by local driver Dávid Botka ahead of Bruno Magalhães.
The rally began the next day; initially eight asphalt stages covering 144.46 km (89.76 mi) were scheduled for Saturday, however, due to safety reasons the final stage of the day was cancelled. The closing six stages, consisting of 107.40 km (66.74 mi) were completed on Sunday.
Andreas Mikkelsen led the rally from start, but was forced to retire on the penultimate stage after he hit a log, with Jan Kopecký taking the lead and held on to take took his second consecutive IRC victory on the rally, by just 0.8 seconds ahead of Thierry Neuville, in the closest finish in Intercontinental Rally Challenge history.
|1.||Jan Kopecký||Petr Starý||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:00:06.7||0.0||25|
|2.||Thierry Neuville||Nicolas Gilsoul||Peugeot 207 S2000||2:00:07.5||0.8||18|
|3.||Freddy Loix||Frédéric Miclotte||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:01:06.7||1:00.0||15|
|4.||Bryan Bouffier||Xavier Panseri||Peugeot 207 S2000||2:01:42.3||1:35.6||12|
|5.||Hermann Gassner||Timo Gottschalk||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:02:39.2||2:32.5||10|
|6.||György Aschenbrenner||Zsuzsa Pikó||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX||2:02:44.9||2:38.2||8|
|7.||Toni Gardemeister||Tapio Suominen||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:03:12.3||3:05.6||6|
|8.||Róbert Bútor||Igor Bacigál||Peugeot 207 S2000||2:03:23.5||3:16.8||4|
|9.||Bruno Magalhães||Paulo Grave||Peugeot 207 S2000||2:03:58.4||3:51.7||2|
|10.||Beppo Harrach||Andreas Schindlbacher||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX||2:04:20.7||4:14.0||1|
|Day||Stage||Time||Name||Length||Winner||Time||Avg. spd.||Rally leader|
|SS1||9:08||Hetvehely 1||18.21 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||8:50.2||123.64 km/h||Andreas Mikkelsen|
|SS2||10:06||Orfű 1||28.00 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||14:16.4||117.70 km/h|
|SS3||12:34||Pécsvárad 1||12.00 km||Jan Kopecký||6:46.0||106.40 km/h|
|SS4||13:37||Alsómocsolád 1||14.02 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||6:53.2||122.15 km/h|
|SS5||16:10||Hetvehely 2||18.21 km||Jan Kopecký||8:47.6||124.25 km/h|
|SS6||17:08||Orfű 2||28.00 km||Jan Kopecký||14:10.5||118.52 km/h|
|SS7||19:36||Pécsvárad 2||12.00 km||Jan Kopecký||6:49.1||105.60 km/h|
|SS8||20:39||Alsómocsolád 2||14.02 km||stage cancelled|
|SS9||9:08||Zobák 1||12.00 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||6:51.2||105.06 km/h|
|SS10||9:51||Árpádtető 1||24.00 km|| Jan Kopecký
|SS11||10:44||Nyárásvölgy 1||17.70 km||Thierry Neuville||8:29.9||124.97 km/h|
|SS12||13:17||Zobák 2||12.00 km||Thierry Neuville||6:48.4||105.78 km/h|
|SS13||14:00||Árpádtető 2||24.00 km||Thierry Neuville||11:06.4||129.65 km/h||Jan Kopecký|
|SS14||14:53||Nyárásvölgy 2||17.70 km||Thierry Neuville||8:26.4||125.83 km/h|
- "Rally Itinerary" (PDF). mecsekrallye.hu. Mecsek Rallye. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
- "Több ezer ember volt kíváncsi a rali felvezetésére" (in Hungarian). bama.hu. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Mecsek Rallye: Botkáék voltak a leggyorsabbak a prológon" (in Hungarian). bama.hu. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Due to safety reasons, the SS 8 (Alsómocsolád) is cancelled". mecsekrallye.hu. Mecsek Rallye. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- "Mikkelsen crashes out". ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- "Kopecký's win, narrowly". ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.