Bryan Bouffier got his IRC title campaign off to the best possible start by winning the centenary edition of Rallye Monte-Carlo.
Bryan Bouffier had a 32.5 second lead over Skoda driver Freddy Loix and was 1m19.7s seconds ahead of the Guy Wilks.
“It’s fantastic, really fantastic,” said Bouffier after the race which is now part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, a breakaway and slimmed down version of the mainstream World Rally Championship.
“I am happy for Peugeot, for all the team and it’s a lot of emotion. It was a difficult rally but Peugeot gave me a perfect car.”
Le Mans 24 Hours racer Stephane Sarrazin, another driver to drop time in the snow of Thursday, scored four stage wins to complete the final test in third for Peugeot France after his mechanics changed a faulty gearbox in 15 minutes when it got stuck in fourth gear a handful of kilometres into stage 11.
2011 IRC Monaco Revised result:
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Bryan Bouffier Peugeot 3h32m55.7s
2. Freddy Loix Skoda + 32.5s
3. Guy Wilks Peugeot + 1m19.7s
4. Stephane Sarrazin Peugeot + 1m21.9s
5. Francois Delecour Peugeot + 1m22.4s
6. Juho Hanninen Skoda + 1m29.3s
7. Nicolas Vouilloz Skoda + 4m47.8s
8. Jan Kopecky Skoda + 7m45.9s
9. Giandomenico Basso Peugeot + 8m46.0s
10. Toni Gardemeister Peugeot + 9m09.0s