2005 Tour de Espana Information

The 21-C scenery of the Olympic Stadium of Sevilla has welcomed the start of the 6th,Tour de España. During their tour, the cars could also visit the oldest Spanish bullring in Ronda. They could also, among others, admire the skills of the Spanish architects who rebuilt the new Alvaro Domecq Romero property as original, but with a hint of modernity…

The start was given on 15 October from the Stadium. An enthusiastic beginning with experienced drivers offering rookie-style first timed stage. In Jabugo, Spanish capital of the cured ham, the visit of a factory keeping 3 million pieces was a highlight!

The second leg was dotted with 4 road stages. The cars left the Stadium on a warm day (30°) towards the hills and natural parks between Seville and second stop over Cordoba. While going down through olive and orange tree fields. Wild pigs and ostriches gave a kind of exotic hint…

After the overnight in Cordoba, the cars headed towards the Spanish “mini Hollywood” wild Western-movie style landscapes and … the circuit of Guadix.. This first circuit session was as expected the scene of interesting fights and John Bosch’s undisputed supremacy.

The fourth leg was made of three road stages and the first run on the track of Jerez. Many slips off during this day, but no damage for the competitors who could resume. Unfortunately, the Entremonts who were in a good position to beat John Bosch had to drop due to an engine problem. On the circuit, drizzle foreshadowed the weather for the final leg, but also provided interesting performances on slippery track.

For the finish of the rally, the rain did not hesitate and proper showers appeared. The wet track session was the final timed stage of the rally since the ultimate road stage was cancelled due to mud on the tarmac. This concluding race was 100% won by French crews (80, 81 & 92) who worked hard onboard their Porsches to overtake pole-man and potential rally-winner John Bosh

O Compétition Section:

VHC: Two Lotus Elans have fiercely fought before the engine breakdown of Hart/Standen in Guadix. Sheldon/Stevens” Lotus 45 took then the lead of the overall classification until the finish. The gap between the two E-Type Jaguars (41 & 43), aiming for the second and third places was only one minute.

1
SHELDON/STEVENS
LOTUS ELAN

2
COWDRAY/LINDSAY
JAGUAR TYPE E lightweight

3
MONTEVERDE/ PEARSON
JAGUAR TYPE E lightweight

Index of performance: Sage/Knuckey have overwhelmed the adversaries totalling 11 victories out of 14 timed stages. Chiles/Mountford on Austin Healey only got the upper hand on End/End’s Alfa Romeo Giulia, when the last ones were moved down to 8th position due to a mechanical trouble on the circuit of Jerez.

1
SAGE:KNUCKEY
ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA

2
CHILES/MOUNTFORD
AUSTIN HEALEY 3000

3
CRAVETTO/CRAVETTO
ALFA ROMEO 1600

GHI: The Entremont were the bests during the three first legs and as a result, they were leading in front of Villar/Garret’s Porsche SC and Bosch’s Ferrari 365 GTB 4. But the Ferrari 308 Michelotto met engine trouble leading them to retire. Life was now easier for Bosch/Delgado who took the lead until the finish; while the two following ones fought in the same minute.

1
BOSCH/ DELGADO
FERRARI 365 Gr IV.

2
VILLAR/GARRET
PORSCHE 911 SC

3
LECOURT/LECOURT
PORSCHE RSR 2,8l

O Régularity Section:

The Lopez/Corrento crew, who arrived second at the end of the first day, took the lead during the second leg, keeping it until the finish. But behind them, cars 15, 19 & 30 fought within a gap of 30 seconds for the two places left on the podium

1
LOPEZ/CARRENTO
ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV

2
COLLIN/BRIONES
ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV

3
BOHRER/SALOM
PORSCHE 911 2L

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