We are receiving news that Philippe Bugalski has died today (Friday). This comes as a shock, as Philippe was an official Citroen WRC test driver up until including the C4 WRC. In recent years he still was active with an Audi Quattro in Hostoric Rallies in France. Bug - as fans called him - was also the last winner of the Rallye Deutschland, who wasn't called Séb.
the news is also posted on citroen wrc facebook page
Philippe Bugalski - the first man ever to win a World Rally Championship event for Citroen - died on Friday in a fall at his home near the French town of Vichy. He was 49.
As test driver for all of Citroen's prototype rally cars, Bugalski played a major role in shaping the sport's modern era, as the cars he helped develop achieved unprecedented success.
'Le Petit Bug' - as he was known – first competed back in 1984 but joined Citroen full-time in 1998, making his debut in the all-conquering Formula 2 Xsara Kit Car on the Catalunya Rally, the first of three asphalt rallies that he would contest with the squad that year.
The undisputed high point of his career came a year later, when he won both Catalunya and Corsica in the car, co-driven by Jean-Paul Chiaroni. It was a performance so dominant on both occasions that the sport's top stars at the time called for the car to be handicapped on WRC events.
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Philippe in the xsara: