NESTE RALLY FINLAND (21-23 AUGUST)

1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 10

 

1998 NESTE RALLY FINLAND
Saturday 21 August
LEG 2 - 593.13 km - 9 SS - 194.58 km
COMMUNIQUE N 3


MITSUBISHI LANCER AND CARISMA GT EXCEL ON RALLY FINLAND


A brilliant performance from Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver Tommi Makinen has made him the hot favourite for another victory – a record-shattering fifth in a row – on the Rally Finland, the 10th round of the World Rally Championship. Strong support from Mitsubishi Carisma GT man Richard Burns, who holds fifth place has helped put Team Mitsubishi Ralliart in a strong position.

Long, very fast stages combined with heavy rain to make the second leg one of the ultimate tests of a rally driver’s skills. The stages between Jyvaskyla and Tampere are some of the most demanding and dramatic in the world, and huge crowds thronged the forests, eager to catch a glimpse of cars tackling the famous jumps that give the rally its distinctive character.

Makinen and fellow Finn Risto Mannisenmaki have been in their element, pushing their Lancer Evolution to the limit in a tremendous battle with the Toyotas of Sainz and Auriol and the Ford of Kankkunen. Makinen has made full use of the latest Michelin tyres to stamp his authority on the event as he aims for a fifth successive victory.


“We found some good ideas testing for this rally and the balance of the car is really good. Anything can happen in these conditions though and I need to concentrate just to keep my position,” Makinen commented.

British crew Burns and Robert Reid have also played a starring role. Few drivers do well on their first attempt at this notoriously demanding event, but Burns has exploited the Mitsubishi Carisma to the full to climb to fifth place despite the conditions.

“I’m happy with my stage times, considering how quick the stages are. It’s good fun. Some of the stages are amazing – you’re sideways at 160 km/h!” he said.

“It’s gone extremely well for Mitsubishi. Tommi has really dominated the day, putting in a couple of really strong times in the morning, then pulling away this evening. We’ve got 100 kilometres of stages to go, but it’s a good position to be in,” reported Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager Phil Short. “Richard has impressed everybody. He has lost ground occasionally on specialised stages such as Ouninpohja, but we will be trying to keep him in fifth place tomorrow.”

Mitsubishi’s hold on the Group N production category looks unshakeable. Uruguay’s double World Group N Champion Gustavo Trelles is in a secure lead, poised to extend his convincing points lead in this year’s series at the wheel of his Lancer Evolution, while Finland’s Hannu Jokinen has climbed to second place in his similar car.

The third and final leg includes six more stages, totalling 99 kilometres, south-east of Jyvaskyla.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER LEG 2

1.T.MAKINEN/R.MANNISENMAKI FIN/FIN MITSUBISHI LANCER 2.26.36.3
2.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E TOYOTA COROLLA 2.27.10.7
3.J.KANKKUNEN/J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 2.27.26.8
4.D.AURIOL/D.GIRAUDET F/F TOYOTA COROLLA 2.28.35.3  
5.R.BURNS/R.REID GB/GB MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 2.29.13.6  
6.T.RADSTROM/G.BARTH S/S TOYOTA COROLLA 2.29.21.1  
7.M.GRONHOLM/T.RAUTIAINEN FIN/FIN TOYOTA COROLLA 2.31.07.3  
8.J.KYTOLEHTO/A.KAPANEN FIN/FIN SUBARU IMPREZA 2.33.09.4
9.A.VATANEN/F.GALLAGHER FIN/GB FORD ESCORT 2.33.58.5
10.P.HAGSTROM/T.GARDEMEISTER FIN/FIN TOYOTA CELICA 2.35.31.5
16.G.TRELLES/M.CHRISTIE ROU/RA MITSUBISHI LANCER 2.43.45.6  
21.H.JOKINEN/J.LAMPINEN FIN/FIN MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 2.47.16.1  
24.L.CLIMENT/A.ROMANI E/E MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 2.49.55.5  


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

 

SS 18 - HIPPOS II - 1.69 km - Saturday 22 August

 
Overall classification end of Leg 2
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
2.26.36.3
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.27.10.7
3 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
2.27.26.8
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.28.35.3
5 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
2.29.13.6
6 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.29.21.1
7 M.GRONHOLM
T.RAUTIAINEN
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.31.07.3
8 J.KYTOLEHTO
A.KAPANEN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.33.09.4
9 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
2.33.58.5
10 P.HAGSTROM
T.GARDEMEISTER
TOYOTA
CELICA
2.35.31.5

 

SS 17 - SURKEE - 24.89 km - Saturday 22 August

 
Overall classification after Special Stage 17
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
2.24.55.5
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.25.30.2
3 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
2.25.45.9
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.26.55.3
5 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
2.27.32.9
6 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.27.41.9
7 M.GRONHOLM
T.RAUTIAINEN
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.29.26.5
8 J.KYTOLEHTO
A.KAPANEN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.31.26.3
9 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
2.32.02.4
10 P.HAGSTROM
T.GARDEMEISTER
TOYOTA
CELICA
2.33.47.0

 

SS 16 - OUNINPOHJA - 34.55 km - Saturday 22 August

Times on Special Stage 16
1 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
16.42.4
2 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
16.42.7
3 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
16.47.6
4 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
16.50.2
5 J.KYTOLEHTO
A.KAPANEN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
16.58.1
6 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
17.00.7
7 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
17.03.8
8 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
17.05.0
9 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT 17.27.0
10 P.HAGSTROM
T.GARDEMEISTER
TOYOTA
CELICA
17.30.6
 
Overall classification after Special Stage 16
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
2.11.57.6
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.12.20.0
3 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
2.12.37.8
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.13.35.1
5 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
2.14.20.9
6 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.14.26.4
7 M.GRONHOLM
T.RAUTIAINEN
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.16.12.5
8 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
2.17.01.3
9 J.KYTOLEHTO
A.KAPANEN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.17.50.9
10 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT 2.18.57.6

 

SS 15 - VASTILA - 12.42 km - Saturday 22 August

 
Overall classification after Special Stage 15
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
1.55.14.9
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.55.37.6
3 M.GRONHOLM
T.RAUTIAINEN
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.55.44.8
4 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.55.50.2
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.56.34.4
6 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.57.17.1
7 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.57.36.2
8 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
1.59.56.3
9 J.KYTOLEHTO
A.KAPANEN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.00.52.8
10 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT 2.01.30.6

 

SS 13 - SAHALAHTI - 20.50 km - Saturday 22 August

 
Overall classification after Special Stage 13
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
1.41.42.4
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.42.07.9
3 M.GRONHOLM
T.RAUTIAINEN
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.42.13.9
4 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.42.16.5
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.42.57.3
6 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.43.30.3
7 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.43.54.5
8 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
1.46.06.5
9 J.KYTOLEHTO
A.KAPANEN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.47.08.3
10 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT 1.47.28.2

 

SS 12 - JUUPAJOKI - 30.94 km - Saturday 22 August

 
Overall classification after Special Stage 12
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
1.31.43.4
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.32.07.0
3 M.GRONHOLM
T.RAUTIAINEN
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.32.13.0
4 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.32.18.3
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.32.53.1
6 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.33.22.6
7 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.33.46.3
8 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
1.35.53.1
9 J.KYTOLEHTO
A.KAPANEN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.36.53.7
10 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT 1.37.01.5

 

SS 11 - VAHERI - 31.32 km - Saturday 22 August

 
Overall classification after Special Stage 11
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
1.15.48.0
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.16.12.2
3 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.16.19.5
4 M.GRONHOLM
T.RAUTIAINEN
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.16.27.1
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.16.56.0
6 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.17.19.1
7 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.17.42.5
8 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
1.19.38.6
9 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT 1.20.30.0
10 J.KYTOLEHTO
A.KAPANEN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.20.46.4

 

SS 10 - LEUSTU - 23.57 km - Saturday 22 August

 
Overall classification after Special Stage 10
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
1.00.06.9
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.00.19.8
3 M.GRONHOLM
T.RAUTIAINEN
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.00.25.4
4 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.00.26.8
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.00.39.9
6 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.01.09.4
7 T.RADSTROM
G.BARTH
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.01.34.7
8 A.VATANEN
F.GALLAGHER
FORD
ESCORT
1.03.10.1
9 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT 1.03.35.0
10 P.HAGSTROM
T.GARDEMEISTER
TOYOTA
CELICA
1.04.08.7

 

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