ACROPOLIS RALLY (7-9 June)
1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8

 



1998 ACROPOLIS RALLY
Monday 8, June
LEG 2 - 339.02 km - 5 SS 128.29 km
COMMUNIQUE 3


MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT PERFORMS WELL IN ACROPOLIS RALLY
AS LANCER EVOLUTIONS HEAD GROUP N


Mitsubishi Carisma GT driver Richard Burns held a fighting fifth place after the second leg of the Acropolis Rally, the eighth round of the 1998 World Rally Championship, well in touch with the leaders, while Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions have continued to dominate the Group N production class with double World Group N Champion Gustavo Trelles.

Most of the leg took place in fierce heat and hot sunshine, but a thunderstorm affected the last stage of the day. It did nothing to cool the pace of a hotly fought rally in which Mitsubishi has faced strong opposition from Toyota, Subaru and Ford, nor to dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands of Greek fans in the mountains.


Burns has paid the price for leading after the first leg, which means he has run first on the road today and therefore ploughed loose gravel for his rivals. Nevertheless, the Carisma GT and its Michelin tyres have performed flawlessly to give him a strong chance of improving his position tomorrow.

“I’ve worked hard today – harder than yesterday – and I’ll be trying hard tomorrow, as the car is in good shape. I didn’t expect to lose quite so much time,” Burns stated.

Sadly, Germany’s Uwe Nittel and Tina Thorner were forced to retire their Carisma GT with a transmission problem when running well in eighth place.


“It was really bad luck. The car had been going very well and I thought we had a good chance of improving our position,” said Nittel.

“Running first on the road has handicapped us more than I thought, partly because of the surface, partly because Richard has had to alert the spectators, but we’re still in the points and we could improve our position tomorrow,” stated Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager Phil Short.

“It is a great shame that Uwe retired. Everything was looking very good for a strong finish,” commented Team Manager Ingolf Raiss.


Mitsubishi has continued to dominate in Group N, the toughest test of a production car. Uruguay’s Gustavo Trelles leads in his Lancer Evolution, while Oman’s Hamed al Wahaibi is second in his Lancer. Austrian star Manfred Stohl was leading by a convincing margin until he left the road in his Lancer after stage 11.

The last leg is identical to the second, consisting of a loop of five stages, totalling 128 kilometres, north-west of Delphi. However, the roads are likely to be even rougher after being used once already.


OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER LEG 2

1.D.AURIOL/D.GIRAUDET F/F TOYOTA COROLLA 2.52.52.3 Gr-A
2.C.MCRAE/N.GRIST GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 2.52.57.1 Gr-A
3.J.KANKKUNEN/J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 2.53.05.6 Gr-A
4.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E TOYOTA COROLLA 2.53.08.2 Gr-A
5.R.BURNS/R.REID GB/GB MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 2.53.35.5 Gr-A
6.P.LIATTI/F.PONS I/I SUBARU IMPREZA 2.53.37.8 Gr-A
7.F.LOIX/S.SMEETS B/B TOYOTA COROLLA 2.54.39.3 Gr-A
8.R.MADEIRA/N.DA SILVA P/P TOYOTA COROLLA 2.59.57.7 Gr-A
9.L.KIRKOS/J.STAVROPOULOS GR/GR FORD ESCORT 3.01.28.7 Gr-A
10.A.NIKONENKO/V.TIMKOVSKY RUS/RUS FORD ESCORT 3.02.29.7 Gr-A
20.G.TRELLES/M.CHRISTIE ROU/RA MITSUBISHI LANCER 3.08.28.2 1st Gr-N
22.H.AL WAHAIBI/T.HARRYMAN OM/GB MITSUBISHI LANCER 3.10.36.9 2nd Gr-N
Nationality :
A=Austria/ AUS=Australia/ B=Belgium/ CZ=Czechoslovakia/ D=Germany/ E=Spain/ F=France/ FIN=Finland/ GB=Great Britain/ GR=Greece/ I=Italia/ MC=Monaco/ OM=Oman/ RA=Argentina/ ROU=Uruguay/ RUS=Russia/ S=Sweden/

COMMUNIQUE 4

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COMMUNIQUE 1

MICHELIN - MITSUBISHI OIL - ENKEI - NGK - OHLINS - OMP -
PIAA - PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND - SABELT

 

 

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