16th RALLYE ATLAS SAVANE (7- 16 MAY)
1998 FIA WORLD CUP FOR CROSS COUNTRY RALLIES ROUND 4

 


SHINOZUKA MISSES WIN BY SLIM MARGIN ON ATLAS RALLY
PUNCTURES TAKES TOLL AND HE TAKES SECOND PLACE


Japanese driver Kenjiro Shinozuka of PIAA Mitsubishi Dealer Team is currently running second in the title race for the 1998 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rally Championship after finishing in second place on the Atlas Rally, driving a Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution.

The eight leg event, which started in Granada, Spain, on May 9, and finished in Marrakech, Morocco, on May 16, provided a surprisingly closely fought event, with Shinozuka and main rival Jean-Louis Schlesser battling for the lead all the way to the finish after 2,769 km criss-crossing the Atlas Mountains.

Shniozuka was the fastest of the two main protagonists in his Mitsubishi, but was plagued by punctures throughout the rally as the route twisted its way through the Atlas region on tracks strewn with rocks and boulders. Shinozuka won six of the eight stages, but timelost on leg three, from Outat El Haj to Midelt and on leg five circling Efroud due to punctures scuppered his chances of victory.

Shinozuka tried bravely to come from behind on the final two legs, but missed victory by the slimmest margins, finishing just two minutes behind Schlesser’s buggy.

Said Shinozuka : “Second was not a good result for me. The special stage on the last day was just too short to catch Schlesser. In the end it all comes down to punctures. I averaged one a day, and if I had a bit more luck, I would have won.”

GENERAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1.JL.SCHLESSER/P.MONNET F/F SCHLESSER DSC7 ORIGINAL 17.57.43 T3
2.K.SHINOZUKA/H.MAGNE J/F MITSUBISHI PAJERO 17.59.48 T2
3.P.LARTIGUE/A.GUEHENNEC F/F IPSO BUGGY 18.49.20 T3
4.SABY/BORSOTTO F/F PROTRUCK 18.54.56 T3
5.P.ALLIOT/J.DUBOIS F/F NISSAN PATROL GR 19.24.29 T3
6.GERMANETTI/COTTRET I/B NISSAN 19.45.48 T3
7.D.HOUSIAUX/DOMINELLA F/F NISSAN PATROL 19.52.24 T3
8.BORNE/BOUTAIRE F/F NISSAN 19.55.17 T2
9.ERRANDONEA/HEBRARD F/F MITSUBISHI PAJERO 21.51.53 T1
10.COTEL/GARBINTI F/F BUGGY 22.24.21 T3
11.DHONT/KAKET B/B MITSUBISHI PAJERO 22.32.44 T3
12.VANDROMME/FAGOT F/F MITSUBISHI PAJERO 23.17.47 T3

Nationality :
B=Belgium/ F=France/ I=Italia/ J=Japan/

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