Rallye de France - 42nd Tour de Corse (4-6 May)
1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6

 


1998 RALLYE DE FRANCE - TOUR DE CORSE
Wednesday 6th May
Leg 3 - 329.45 km - 5 SS - 112.02 km
COMMUNIQUE N 4


MITSUBISHI LANCERS AND CARISMAS DOMINATE GROUP N
IN TOUR DE CORSE, RALLYE DE FRANCE


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions and Carisma GTs scored another outstanding result on the Tour de Corse, the sixth round of the 1998 World Rally Championship, taking the first eight places in the Group N category for near-standard cars. Austria’s Manfred Stohl has extended his lead in the Group N championship over reigning champion and fellow Mitsubishi driver Gustavo Trelles.

The French round of the World Rally Championship came to a thrilling climax on the rugged Mediterranean island. After two days affected by rain and low cloud, the final leg was held in bright, sunny conditions, although a sea breeze meant that temperatures were not that high. Large crowds thronged the stages and service areas as the world’s best drivers battled for supremacy. Colin McRae won in his Subaru for the second year running, but his team-mate Piero Liatti lost a nailbiting duel with Peugeot driver Francois Delecour, who took second, with Liatti third and Gilles Panizzi fourth in another Peugeot, ahead of Bruno Thiry’s Ford. Carlos Sainz lost all chance of a good result when he got a puncture.


Manfred Stohl from Austria, co-driven by Peter Muller, was delighted to win his class on his first attempt at this exceptionally difficult rally. His victory, coupled to Trelles’s second place, was telling proof of the superb performance of the latest Mitsubishi Carisma GT and Lancer Evolution, as Stohl and Trelles were the pacesetters even though neither had contested the rally before.

“I’m really happy to win here. I prefer loose-surface rallies, so to win a rally on asphalt like this one is very special, particularly as this is only my second event in the new Mitsubishi. It was nice that it was dry today, because it meant we were under less pressure. This is a very useful result for us in the championship,” Stohl declared.

“Today’s conditions have been much nicer. I didn’t like the rain and fog on the first day at all. This is a good finish for us and I’m very pleased with the car, which has run perfectly,” said Uruguayan star Trelles, who was co-driven by Argentina’s Martin Christie.


Corsican school teacher Jean-Marie Santoni took a highly creditable third in the group in his Lancer Evolution, leading home the French Championship contenders.

“It isn’t easy to beat drivers who contest World Championship rallies regularly, so I’m pleased with our performance here. This car is fantastic,” he said.

Excellent performances from Team Mitsubishi Ralliart’s Lancer Evolutions and Carisma GTs this season mean that the team holds joint second place in the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers.


Team Mitsubishi Ralliart will be in action again in less than three weeks, when it contests the seventh round of the World Rally Championship, the Rally of Argentina.


FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1.C.MCRAE/N.GRIST GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 4.02.46.9 Gr-A
2.F.DELECOUR/D.GRATALOUP F/F PEUGEOT 306 MAXI 4.03.14.1 Gr-A
3.P.LIATTI/F.PONS I/I SUBARU IMPREZA 4.03.16.9 Gr-A
4.G.PANIZZI/H.PANIZZI F/F PEUGEOT 306 MAXI 4.03.23.0 Gr-A  
5.B.THIRY/S.PREVOT B/B FORD ESCORT 4.03.32.7 Gr-A
6.D.AURIOL/D.GIRAUDET F/F TOYOTA COROLLA 4.05.26.2 Gr-A
7. F.DOENLEN/JM.ANDRIE F/F CITROEN XSARA 4.06.48.0 Gr-A
8.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E TOYOTA COROLLA 4.06.50.4 Gr-A
9.J.KANKKUNEN/J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 4.07.34.5 Gr-A
10.P.MAGAUD/JM.ANDRIE F/F CITROEN XSARA 4.10.59.1 Gr-A
20.M.STOHL/P.MULLER A/A MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.23.58.4 1st Gr-N
21.G.TRELLES/M.CHRISTIE ROU/RA MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.25.23.0 2nd Gr-N
22.JM.SANTONI/JM.CASAMATTA F/F MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.25.42.3 3rd Gr-N
23.L.ALBERTINI/F.OLARI F/F MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.29.36.6 4th Gr-N
24.F.VERICEL/V.DUCHER F/F MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.32.11.9 5th Gr-N
25.J.ANDREANI/C.GILOT F/F MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.32.21.3 6th Gr-N
26.A.VAN DER SMEEDE/P.BERK NL/NL MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.33.21.2 7th Gr-N
27.JP.AYME/B.AYME F/F MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.40.51.7 8th Gr-N
Nationality :
A=Austria/ B=Belgium/ CZ=Czech Rep/ D=Germany/ E=Spain/ F=France/ FIN=Finland/ GB=Great Britain/ I=Italia/ NL=Netherlands/ RA=Argentina/ ROU=Uruguay/ S=Sweden/ SA=Saudi Arabia/ TR=Turkey

1998 TOUR DE CORSE-RALLYE DE FRANCE

STATISTICS



Dates :
3 - 6 May 1998
Length :
1145.69 kms
Total SS: 399.18 kms on 17 special stages

Entries :
80 (44 Group A + 36 Group N)

Starters :
80 (44 Group A + 36 Group N)

Makes :
Peugeot 24, Renault 16, Mitsubishi 14, Subaru 5, Toyota 5, Ford 4, Citroen 4, Skoda 1, Honda 1, Hyundai 1, Fiat 1, Nissan 1, Lancia 1, Opel 1, Rover 1

Nations (first drivers) :
75 France, 5 Great Britain, 3 Italy, 3 Finland, 3 Netherlands, 2 Spain,
2 Uruguay, 1 Austrian, 1 Monte Carlo, 1 Turkey, 1 South Africa, 1 Germany, 1 Belgium

Overall winners :

1.C.MCRAE/N.GRIST GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 4.02.46.9 Gr-A
2.F.DELECOUR/D.GRATALOUP F/F PEUGEOT 306 MAXI 4.03.14.1 Gr-A
3.P.LIATTI/F.PONS I/I SUBARU IMPREZA 4.03.16.9 Gr-A
4.G.PANIZZI/H.PANIZZI F/F PEUGEOT 306 MAXI 4.03.23.0 Gr-A  
5.B.THIRY/S.PREVOT B/B FORD ESCORT 4.03.32.7 Gr-A
6.D.AURIOL/D.GIRAUDET F/F TOYOTA COROLLA 4.05.26.2 Gr-A
7. F.DOENLEN/JM.ANDRIE F/F CITROEN XSARA 4.06.48.0 Gr-A
8.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E TOYOTA COROLLA 4.06.50.4 Gr-A
9.J.KANKKUNEN/J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 4.07.34.5 Gr-A
10.P.MAGAUD/JM.ANDRIE F/F CITROEN XSARA 4.10.59.1 Gr-A
20.M.STOHL/P.MULLER A/A MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.23.58.4 1st Gr-N
21.G.TRELLES/M.CHRISTIE ROU/RA MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.25.23.0 2nd Gr-N
22.JM.SANTONI/JM.CASAMATTA F/F MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.25.42.3 3rd Gr-N
23.L.ALBERTINI/F.OLARI F/F MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.29.36.6 4th Gr-N
24.F.VERICEL/V.DUCHER F/F MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.32.11.9 5th Gr-N
25.J.ANDREANI/C.GILOT F/F MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.32.21.3 6th Gr-N
26.A.VAN DER SMEEDE/P.BERK NL/NL MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.33.21.2 7th Gr-N
27.JP.AYME/B.AYME F/F MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.40.51.7 8th Gr-N
Nationality :
A=Austria/ B=Belgium/ CZ=Czech Rep/ D=Germany/ E=Spain/ F=France/ FIN=Finland/ GB=Great Britain/ I=Italia/ NL=Netherlands/ RA=Argentina/ ROU=Uruguay/ S=Sweden/ SA=Saudi Arabia/ TR=Turkey



Stages winners :
Liatti 4, McRae 4, Thiry 4, Sainz 3, McRae 1, Delecour 1, Panizzi 1

Rally leaders :
McRae 1, Makinen 2, Sainz 3-4, McRae 5-18

World Championship for Drivers :
McRae 24, Sainz 22, Burns 18, , Kankkunen 16, Auriol 15, Makinen 14, Loix 10, Liatti 8, Delecour & Vatanen 6, Thiry 5, Eriksson 3.

World Championship for Manufacturers:
Subaru 35, Mitsubishi 32, Toyota 32, Ford 25 .

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