RALLY NEW ZEALAND (24-27 JULY)
1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 9
1998 ASIA PACIFIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3

 


1998 RALLY NEW ZEALAND
Friday 24, July
SS 1 - Manukau Super 1 - 2,10 km
COMMUNIQUE 1

MITSUBISHI LANCER AND CARISMA WELL PLACED ON RALLY NEW ZEALAND


Mitsubishi Carisma GT driver Richard Burns and World Champion Tommi Makinen, driving a Lancer Evolution, are well-placed just seconds behind the leader after the first stage of the Rally New Zealand, the ninth round of the 1998 World Rally Championship, while Katsuhiko Taguchi has grabbed a sensational third place overall in his Group N, production class Lancer Evolution.

The rally began with a two-kilometre super special at Manukau City, close to Auckland. A large crowd was treated to a spectacular display from the world's leading drivers on a floodlit track made extremely slippery by constant rain.
British crew Burns and Robert Reid moved into ninth place and are looking forward to longer forest stages on Saturday. The duo were convincing winners in 1996 and Burns sees the rally as one of his best chances of a win this year in his Carisma GT.
The roads here are really fantastic to drive and as soon as you start enjoying driving, you perform better. That stage was so muddy that it was hard to see the difference between the edge of the road and the verge, predicted Burns.


Flying Finn Makinen, co-driven by fellow countryman Risto Mannisenmaki, was 16th, but only six seconds behind leader Carlos Sainz. Makinens two victories this year and encouraging results in recent tests that have improved the suspension make him one of the hot favourites for the event in his Michelin-equipped Lancer Evolution.

The stages here are very nice a bit like the roads in Finland, which is why I like it here. I'm hoping to change the bad luck I have had here before and I think the Lancer will be very good,he said.
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart can also rely on Japan's Yoshihiro Kataoka, holding a fine eighth place in his Lancer Evolution and Australian Ed Ordynski, who took 18th place in a similar Mitsubishi.
We have done a lot of testing in Finland and New Zealand recently and we feel we should be very competitive, especially as this is one of our drivers favourite events, stated Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager Phil Short.
Mitsubishis dominate Group N, with Taguchi leading a clean sweep of the top four places after the first stage.
The first leg continues tomorrow with another eight stages, concentrated in one of New Zealands best-known forests, Maramarua. Competitors will tackle another 48 kilometres of stages before the overnight halt.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER SS 1

1.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E TOYOTA COROLLA 1.39.6
2.C.MCRAE/N.GRIST GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 1.40.5
3.K.TAGUCHI/R.TEOH J/M MITSUBISHI LANCER 1.41.2 Gr-N
4.M.GRONHOLM/T.RAUTIANEN FIN/FIN TOYOTA COROLLA 1.41.9
5.T.ARAI/H.SUZUKI J/J SUBARU IMPREZA 1.42.3 Gr-N
6.J.KANKKUNEN/J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 1.42.4
7.D.AURIOL/D.GIRAUDET F/F TOYOTA COROLLA 1.42.5
8.Y.KATAOKA/S.HAYASHI J/J MITSUBISHI LANCER 1.42.6
9.R.BURNS/R.REID GB/GB MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 1.43.3
10.K.TERAO/F.YAMAZAKI J/J MITSUBISHI LANCER 1.44.3 Gr-N
10.T.RADSTROM/G.BARTH S/S TOYOTA COROLLA 1.44.3
16.T.MAKINEN/R.MANNISENMAKI FIN/FIN MITSUBISHI LANCER 1.45.1
18.E.ORDYNSKI/M.STACEY AUS/AUS MITSUBISHI LANCER 1.47.1


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PIAA - PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND - SABELT

 

 

PRE EVENT PRESS RELEASE ENTRY LIST MITSUBISHI LANCER/MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT
SPECIAL STAGE RESULT PHOTO LIBRARY FIA CHAMPIONSHIPS CLASSIFICATIONS
COMMUNIQUE 1 - Leg 1 - 1 SS COMMUNIQUE 2 - Leg 1
COMMUNIQUE 3 - Leg 2 COMMUNIQUE 4 - Leg 3
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