image1458501467.jpgAs the clock finally stopped in Madeira it was fifth place this time for the team. It was, however, harder to get this fifth place here than winning in Brazil.The island is fantastic and the rally was a real credit to the organisers. The stages are very special and we learnt over the last few days that you can have a fast car, a fast driver, good pace notes but you also need experience. If you have confidence to keep the thottle down one extra second you can gain a second but you need to know every corner you can.There were two other stars of this rally both with alot of experience of the event, Basso and Magalheas. It was great to see Basso in the Abarth at the front of a rally, where you expect him to be. He drove a fantastic rally and it was clear on Friday he was the man to beat. He has competed in this rally a number of times and was leading until the last stage, last year.When he had nearly a 20 second lead going into the final day we thought he had it in the bag.Then you have Bruno Magalhae driving a Peugeot 207 S2000 like Kris and the current Portuguese Rally Champion.His local knowledge and experience of the Madeira stages enabled him to put pressure onto Basso, force a spin and suddenly the lead was down to less than 8 seconds. Then in the final stage he demonstrated to every sports person out there, never give up until it is all over by reducing the final gap to just 3.5 seconds. A remarkable drive!Kris and Paul are not use to finishing this far down the order but both have realised that taking points from difficult rallies like this can win championships. So 4 points and Kris extends his lead in the Driver Standings is like a win to us.We did have one scare on the rally with the damaged door when Kris clipped some posts but nothing to Rossetti who clipped a wall and rolled the car. This meant that the Abarth team have one car winning the rally and now one to rebuild for the next rally.The next rally is in Zlin in Czech and will suit us better than here. but the Skodas will be back and they will be very fast on their home rally. Also Basso will be fired up from this win so it should be another interest rally.Don't forget to check out all our vidcasts from the last three days on iTunes - search for Peugeot IRC.Now it's off to the airport and then start organising for the next rally.Also check out the coverage on Eurosport which is very good. EuroSport had a big problem with their helicam on day two when it stopped working so they had to use just in car and good old cameramen and women, see Kris hit the posts - Rossetti roll - Basso spin and the beautiful island of Madeira.