Philippe Bugalski

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Philippe Bugalski
Personal information
NationalityFrance French
Born(1963-06-12)12 June 1963
Died10 August 2012(2012-08-10) (aged 49)
World Rally Championship record
Active years1984–2004
Co-driverFrance Jean-Paul Chiaroni
France Thierry Renaud
France Denis Giraudet
France Jean-Marc Andrié
TeamsCitroën, Renault
Rallies36
Rally wins2
Podiums4
Stage wins27
Total points56
First rally1984 Monte Carlo Rally
First win1999 Rallye Catalunya
Last win1999 Tour de Corse
Last rally2003 Rallye Catalunya

Philippe Bugalski (12 June 1963 – 10 August 2012) was a French rally driver.[1]

Bugalski became a works Renault driver in the French Rally Championship in 1994. In 1998, he joined the works Citroën team, with whom he won the French national title three years in a row, from 1998 to 2000.[2]

By the mid 1990s he had become a regular choice as tarmac specialist for Citroën, along with team mate Jesús Puras. However, as the Citroën Total World Rally Team entered the World Rally Championship full-time, employing such drivers as Sébastien Loeb, he was frequently entered as Citroën's 3rd driver for tarmac rallies. His top performances have been on home soil on the Tour de Corse, but he has also shown potential in the Rallye Sanremo, Monte Carlo Rally, and Rallye Catalunya.

After his breakthrough, he has struggled to secure a firm place in Citroen's WRC team but has always been a solid reserve driver. By 2003, he had stopped rallying professionally.

Bugalski died on 10 August 2012, aged 49, from injuries sustained when he fell out of a tree at his home in Seine-et-Marne.[3][4]

WRC victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Spain 35º Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava 1999 Jean-Paul Chiaroni Citroën Xsara Kit Car
2 France 43ème Tour de Corse – Rallye de France 1999 Jean-Paul Chiaroni Citroën Xsara Kit Car

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hope-Frost, Henry; Davenport, John; Sainz, Carlos (2004-07-23). The Complete Book of the World Rally Championship. MotorBooks International. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7603-1954-3. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  2. ^ van der Zee, Tjeerd. "Philippe Bugalski". RallyBase. Rallybase.nl. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  3. ^ Biewer, Chris (2012-08-10). "RIP Philippe Bugalski". rallye-info.com. RallyeInfo. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  4. ^ "Philippe Bugalski est décédé ce vendredi". rallye-sport.fr (in French). Rallye-Sport. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-10.