Basso leads after the opening day in Sanremo

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By Franck D.

25 September 2010 - 00:34
Basso leads after the opening day (...)

Giandomenico Basso has snatched the lead of Rallye Sanremo after going a sensational 15.5s faster than any of his rivals through the 44-kilometre Ronde stage.

Driving an Abarth Grande Punto with slick tyres for the drying conditions, Basso climbed from fourth to first following his first stage win of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier. He starts day two 5.2s ahead of Paolo Andreucci, who opted for intermediate rubber for the gruelling stage.

Luca Rossetti was second fastest on the stage and moves into third overall. Kris Meeke spun his Peugeot 207 and dropped 25s but remains ahead of Juho Hanninen, the driver most likely to follow in his footsteps by becoming IRC champion.

Overall standings after SS6:

Pos.TeamCarTime
01 Basso Giandomenico / Dotta Mitia Fiat Grande Punto S2000 1h15m50.6s
02 Andreucci Paolo / Andreussi Anna Peugeot 207 S2000 +5.2s
03 Rossetti Luca / Chiarcossi Matteo Fiat Grande Punto S2000 +17.5s
04 Meeke Kris / Nagle Paul Peugeot 207 S2000 +46.9s
05 Hänninen Juho / Markkula Mikko Škoda Fabia S2000 +49.1s
06 Bouffier Bryan / Panseri Xavier Peugeot 207 S2000 +56.4s
07 Loix Freddy / Miclotte Fréderic Škoda Fabia S2000 +58.2s
08 Kopecký Jan / Starý Petr Škoda Fabia S2000 +1m28.2s
09 Cunico Gianfranco / Pollet Rudy Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m33.3s
10 Perico Alessandro / Carrara Fabrizio Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m33.8s
11 Magalhaes Bruno / Magalhaes Carlos Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m37.5s
12 Wilks Guy / Pugh Phil Škoda Fabia S2000 +1m51.0s
13 Longhi Piero / Baggio Lucio Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m52.5s
14 Neuville Thierry / Klinger Nicolas Peugeot 207 S2000 +2m04.4s
15 Travaglia Renato / Granai Lorenzo Fiat Grande Punto S2000 +2m11.1s

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