Wednesday, April 21, 1999 Published at 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Surprise Citroen wins in Spain
Auriol: Second place in race and championship
France's Philippe Bugalski is the surprise winner of the Rally of Catalunya in Spain.
Bugalski was driving a Citroen Kit Car, a lightweight two-wheel drive version of the rally cars used by the other teams.
He held off 1998 winner Didier Auriol in a Toyota Corolla by 31 seconds, almost double his overnight advantage over his compatriot.
The Finn moved ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz after the Toyota driver suffered a puncture two kilometres into the race.
Local favourite Sainz eventually trailed in ninth on a bad day for his championship challenge.
Makinen leads the title chase by three points from Auriol and is six ahead of third-placed McRae.
Auriol believes Bugalski could eventually cost him the championship.
"I tried everything I could but Philippe drove well and deserves the victory," said the 1994 champion.
The 35-year-old reigning French rally champion was clearly delighted.
"When I started the rally I knew we would be quick, but to have held off the championship regulars is thanks to Citroen. I only drove the car," said an emotional Bugalski.
"Starting this morning's last stages I was very nervous. I hardly slept last night but I needn't have worried.
"The weather stayed dry and the car performed brilliantly. Now I will have to see if I can do the same in Corsica next month."
1. Philippe Bugalski (Fra) Citroen Xsara Kit Car 4h 13min
Drivers' World Championship standings
1. Tommi Makinen (Fin) 26pts
1. Toyota 44pts