Walter Röhrl won the Costa Brava Rally for the FIA European Rally Championship for Historical Cars in the Spanish town of Lloret de Mar on November 6, 2009. Teaming up with co-pilot Peter Göbel, German Rally Champion in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006, the two-times World Rally Champion drove a 1981 Porsche 911 RSR to victory.
With their re-built and perfectly prepared rally version of the 911, Röhrl/Göbel immediately moved up to the top group in the race, together with ex-Renault works driver Jean Ragnotti in an Alpine A110, Historical European Championship specialist Michael Stoschek, Valter Jensen and Toto Riolo, all driving a Porsche 911, and three Group 4 Lancia Stratos.
Under very difficult weather and track conditions, Röhrl clearly demonstrated his unique driving skills as the four-times Monte Carlo winner on the last two stages of the race, bringing home an historical victory for Wolfgang Reile’s Classic Power Team in the very special style of the truly outstanding driver who also won the European Rally Championship in 1974.
Rally Costa Brava Historic Results:
1. Röhrl/Göbel – Porsche 911 RSR, 1:26:27
2. Brazzoli/Valmassol – Porsche 911 SC, + 02:45
3. Font/Moreno – Ford Escort RS, + 03:46
Costa Brava Historic Rally Photos
[Source: Porsche AG]