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Tarmac on Mediterranean
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Looking back at history of Rally Catalunya, one notes it has similarities to Deutschland. Both were originally formed by amalgamation of two smaller rallies and both were subsequently added to the championship series as a result of succesful lobbying.

First run as championship event in 1991 although only as part of the drivers' series, Catalunya is curious if not unique or classic event. Even if official name contains reference to Spain, just about everyone knows the rally as catalan phenomena. And indeed, it is organised by RACC, the catalonian automobile club and not the national one.

During the years there are areas where event has made considerable steps and one of them is good crowd control and improvement of safety. For a mediterranean event. Hot blooded bull-fighting mentality is hard to control but organisers have succeeded quite well if compared to for example neighbouring Portugal.

One famous location above any other in this event is the hairpin under bridge at La Fullaca, made immortal by Gilles Panizzi in 2002 on his way to win when he made a 360 degree doughnut on the hairpin. As dougnuts are expressedly forbidden by the regulations, Gilles might have faced penalty.

Being a tarmac event, corner cutting is always an issue. To get fastest line across bends, drivers steer partly onto gravel, spreading gravel and dirt for late runners and also for themselves in case of repeated stage. See for yourself on the picture right.

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Previous winners
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 1991:   Schwarz, Armin   Toyota Celica GT-4 (ST165)   83.93 km/h 
 1992:   Sainz, Carlos   Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD (ST185)   81.79 km/h 
 1993:   Delecour, Francois   Ford Escort RS Cosworth   91.63 km/h 
 1995:   Sainz, Carlos   Subaru Impreza 555   93.02 km/h 
 1996:   McRae, Colin   Subaru Impreza 555   92.77 km/h 
 1997:   Makinen, Tommi   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV   93.51 km/h 
 1998:   Auriol, Didier   Toyota Corolla WRC   92.97 km/h 
 1999:   Bugalski, Philippe   Citroen Xsara Kit Car   89.93 km/h 
 2000:   McRae, Colin   Ford Focus WRC 00   92.98 km/h 
 2001:   Auriol, Didier   Peugeot 206WRC (2000)   94.32 km/h 
 2002:   Panizzi, Gilles   Peugeot 206WRC (2001)   97.54 km/h 
 2003:   Panizzi, Gilles   Peugeot 206WRC (2002)   97.26 km/h 
 2004:   Martin, Markko   Ford Focus RS WRC 04   95.46 km/h 
 2005:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   96.27 km/h 
 2006:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   102.89 km/h 
 2007:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   104.38 km/h 
 2008:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   105.41 km/h 
 2009:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   104.91 km/h 
 2010:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   97.15 km/h 
 2011:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   99.29 km/h 
 2012:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen DS3 WRC   95.60 km/h 
 2013:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   100.09 km/h 
 2014:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   98.69 km/h 
 2015:   Mikkelsen, Andreas   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   98.84 km/h 
 2016:   Ogier, Sebastien   Volkswagen Polo R WRC   99.79 km/h 
 2017:   Meeke, Kris   Citroen C3 WRC   103.23 km/h 
safety
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No-go areas and crowd control has improved a lot Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
famous bridge
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Sainz and fans at La Fullaca bridge, famous for Panizzi's doughnut Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
corner cutting
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Corner cutting by Burns. Note how much gravel and dirt cutting spreads to tarmac. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  Loeb, Sebastien (8)
  Ogier, Sebastien (3)
  Auriol, Didier (2)
  McRae, Colin (2)
  Panizzi, Gilles (2)
  Sainz, Carlos (2)
  Bugalski, Philippe (1)
  Delecour, Francois (1)
  Makinen, Tommi (1)
  Martin, Markko (1)
  Meeke, Kris (1)
  Mikkelsen, Andreas (1)
  Schwarz, Armin (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Citroen (10)
  Volkswagen (4)
  Ford (3)
  Peugeot (3)
  Toyota (3)
  Subaru (2)
  Mitsubishi (1)
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