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1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1
MONTE CARLO RALLY (18-21 JAN)



VICTORY IN GROUP N WITH MITSUBISHI LANCERS AND
ENCOURAGING FIFTH AND SEVENTH PLACES ON MONTE CARLO RALLY


Team Mitsubishi Ralliart made a promising start to the 1998 World Rally Championship season, taking an excellent fifth place on the Monte Carlo Rally thanks to British driver Richard Burns in his Carisma GT. Mitsubishi also dominated the Group N production class, with Austrian Manfred Stohl leading home a Mitsubishi Lancer parade.

The Monte Carlo Rally is renowned for its unpredictability and the character of the rally changed again for the final leg. Clear skies meant that the snow and ice had almost disappeared and, on classic stages in the Alpes-Maritimes, within a few kilometres of the Mediterranean sea, the event turned into a race - but in sub-zero temperatures. The speeds are much higher and the spectacle is awesome, for the drivers need centimetre-perfect judgement as they thread their way along narrow, winding roads that are often bordered by steep drops.

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FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E TOYOTA COROLLA 4.28.00.50 Gr-A
2.J.KANKKUNEN /J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 4.28.41.30 Gr-A
3.C.MCRAE/N.GRIST GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 4.29.01.50 Gr-A
4.P.LIATTI/F.PONS I/I SUBARU IMPREZA 4.29.13.50 Gr-A
5.R.BURNS/R.REID GB/GB MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.29.23.20 Gr-A
6.B.THIRY/S.PREVOT F/F FORD ESCORT 4.30.20.90 Gr-A
7.U.NITTEL/T.THORNER G/S MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.34.21.30 Gr-A
8.A.KREMER/K.WICHA D/D SUBARU IMPREZA 4.37.40.10 Gr-A
9. G.PANIZZI/H.PANIZZI F/F PEUGEOT 306 MAXI 4.39.24.00 Gr-A
10.F.DELECOUR/D.GRATALOUP F/F PEUGEOT 306 MAXI 4.40.02.20 Gr-A


Group N winners :

15.M.STOHL/P.MULLER MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.54.20.80 1stGr-N
18.L.CLIMENT/A.ROMANI MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.58.41.40 2ndGr-N
19.C.BARONI/D.SAVIGNONI MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.59.05.30 3rdGr-N
20.M.DUEZ/G.THIMONIER MITSUBISHI LANCER 5.00.05.10 4thGr-N

Nationality:
A=Austria/ AUS=Australia/ AND=Andorra/ E=Spain/ CZ=Czech Republic/ D=Germany/ F=France/ FIN=Finland/ GB=Great Britain/ GR=Greece/ J=Japan/ MAL=Malaysia/ NZ=New Zealand/ RA=Argentine/ RI=Indonesia/ ROU=Uruguay/ S=Sweden/ T=Thailand/


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