The 2014 World Rally Championship got underway in spectacular fashion this week with the iconic Rallye Monte-Carlo setting the scene for this year’s 13-round championship.
Sparco was once again at the forefront of the action with its state-of-the-art overalls being worn by some of the event’s lead contenders. Sparco has been proudly involved in the prestigious Monte-Carlo rally for over thirty years so it is fitting that the company continues to showcase its competitive range of racewear in this popular and demanding event.
Frenchman Bryan Bouffier led the charge for the Sparco-supplied drivers from the very first stage as he stormed to second place in the slippery conditions in his customer M-Sport Ford Fiesta. It was an incredibly tough start to the challenging rally as many drivers described the 25km Orpierre-St. Andre de Rosans 1 stage as the hardest of their careers.
Bouffier went on to win two out of the 15 stages, topping the classification in SS3 and SS8, while also finishing runner-up in a further four stages. The strong performances saw the past Monte-Carlo winner complete the 2014 event in a strong second place.
Of the official Sparco-supported M-Sport drivers, Elfyn Evans had a solid debut to his first full rally season with M-Sport by taking his Ford Fiesta to sixth, tackling some treacherous conditions in the closing loop.
Sparco’s high-performing Superleggera overalls proved once again to withstand the extreme conditions of Monte-Carlo and ensured that drivers could focus fully on the tough task in hand. Bouffier’s second place ensures that Sparco’s WRC season started in style. The next WRC event takes place in Sweden in early February.
Bryan Bouffier said: “It was my dream to finish on the podium. To have actually achieved it is a fantastic feeling and truly surpassed my expectations. It was a pleasure to battle for the lead. This is my first WRC podium on my first time with the Fiesta (RS WRC). I need to thank my co-driver and my entire team because without them, this result would not have been possible. I am also grateful to have had the support of Sparco for this event, who have equipped me well with comfortable and high-performing overalls and equipment. It is a real benefit to be able to rely on such quality racewear in such demanding conditions as Monte.”
Final WRC Classification
1. Sebastien Ogier VW 3h55m14.4s
2. Bryan Boufier M-Sport Ford +1m18.9s
3. Kris Meeke Citroen +1m54.3s
4. Mads Ostberg Citroen +3m53.9s
5. Jari-Matti Latvala VW +6m08.3s
6. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +8m37.4s