RALLY OF ARGENTINA(20-23 May)
1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7

 



1998 RALLY ARGENTINA
Friday 22 May
LEG 2 -433.01 km - 8 SS - 137.38 km
COMMUNIQUE N3


MITSUBISHI LANCER TAKES CONTROL IN RALLY OF ARGENTINA


Mitsubishi looks well placed to regain the lead of the 1998 World Rally Championship for Manufacturers thanks to a brilliant performance from its Lancer Evolutions and Carisma GTs on the Rally of Argentina. World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen has a commanding lead in his Lancer Evolution while Carisma GT-driving team-mate Richard Burns holds a good fourth place.

The second leg has taken competitors into the rugged mountains west of Cordoba, over some of the highest roads used in the World Rally Championship, reaching an altitude of 2,100 metres. In isolated villages, the horse is still a common means of transport – a pronounced contrast to the speed and colour when the rallying circus comes to town. Didier Auriol retired his Toyota with a blown engine, while Colin McRae lost the lead after hitting a rock and damaging his Subaru’s suspension.


Makinen has judged the pace perfectly and looks set to retain his unbeaten record in Argentina. Co-driven by Risto Mannisenmaki, he lost a little gound in the morning when he had to cope with more slippery conditions, but he exploited the Lancer Evolution and its Michelin tyres to superb effect to regain the advantage on the roughest stages of the rally, in warm, dry conditions.

“It’s been a tough day. The stages have been long and very hard for the cars. Anything can happen in rallying, but we don’t have to try too hard any more with one day left,” said Makinen.

Burns and co-driver Robert Reid has lost some time dodging large rocks torn out of the soft surface by previous cars, but he has also set a fastest stage time in the Carisma GT and is confident that he can aid Makinen’s championship chances by holding off McRae in the third and final leg.

“It’s been an up and down day. We’ve been quick on the fast stages, which should help us tomorrow and the car has been very good,” Burns commented.

“We felt the roughness of the roads would be a strong factor today and so it’s proved. Tommi has driven very well and he is in a good position with most of the rally behind him,” said Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager Phil Short. “Richard is also in good form and we’ll make every effort to keep in front of McRae tomorrow. It will be close!”

Mitsubishi remains firmly in charge of the Group N production category, where the Lancer Evolution is near-invincible. Double World Group N Champion Gustavo Trelles is well ahead, with Oman’s Hamed al Wahaibi in second place.


The third and final leg takes competitors south for another six stages, totalling 132 kilometres, in a double loop around Santa Rosa de Calamuchita, before the finish in Cordoba’s vast football stadium on Saturday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION END OF LEG 2

1.T.MAKINEN/R.MANNISENMAKI FIN/FIN MITSUBISHI LANCER 3.06.56.3 Gr-A
2.J.KANKKUNEN/J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 3.07.52.3 Gr-A
3.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E TOYOTA COROLLA 3.08.01.9 Gr-A
4.R.BURNS/R.REID GB/GB MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 3.08.38.4 Gr-A
5.C.MCRAE/N.GRIST GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 3.09.21.2 Gr-A
6.P.LIATTI/F.PONS I/I SUBARU IMPREZA 3.10.46.1 Gr-A
7.K.HOLOWCZYK/M.WISLAWSKI PL/PL SUBARU IMPREZA 3.15.29.1 Gr-A
8. M.GALANTI/V.ZUCCHINI PY/PY TOYOTA COROLLA 3.19.56.5 Gr-A
9.G.TRELLES/M.CHRISTIE ROU/RA MITSUBISHI LANCER 3.24.12.7 1st Gr-N
10. O.GOMEZ/M.MARTI E/E SEAT IBIZA 3.24.23.6 Gr-A
14.H WAHAIBI/T.HARRYMAN OM/OM MITSUBISHI LANCER 3.29.59.5 2nd Gr-N
Nationality :
A=Austria/ E=Spain/ F=France/ FIN=Finland/ GB=Great Britain/ I=Italia/ PY=Paraguay/ OM=Oman/ PL=Poland/ RA=Argentina/ ROU=Uruguay/ 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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