RALLY NEW ZEALAND (24-27 JULY)



1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 9

1998 ASIA PACIFIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3

 


TEAM MITSUBISHI RALLIART AIMS FOR ANOTHER
VICTORY IN RALLY NEW ZEALAND


Team Mitsubishi Ralliart is aiming to build on a strong second half to theWorld Rally Championship season by taking its fourth 1998 victory in the ninth round, the Rally New Zealand, with its Lancer Evolution and Carisma GT.

New Zealand is renowned as one of the most testing rallies in the World Rally Championship. Although it is neither rough nor hot (it takes place in the middle of the southern hemisphere's winter) it is one of the supreme tests of driving skill and it has been won by some of the distinguished drivers in the world. The stages are held on winding roads that twist through dense forests, with loose gravel, mud, and extreme changes of camber to catch the unwary. Heavy rain and bright sunshine are equally likely at this unpredictable event. As one of New Zealand's foremost world-class sports events, it attracts enthusiastic support from the local population.

DMakinen knows that he urgently needs a victory to improve on his third place in the 1998 World Rally Championship and believes that the Lancer Evolution is well suited to the task. Team Mitsubishi Ralliart is planning a three-day test prior to the rally and its partnership with Michelin is expected to pay real dividends.

"I like these roads and there is no reason why I cannot win - I have been very fast every time I have been to this rally," Makinen said."We have not had so much luck recently, but I really liked the latest rear suspension on our last rally, the Acropolis, and I am sure that my New Zealand luck will change!"

Team-mate Richard Burns became the first Mitsubishi driver to win the rally two years ago and, accompanied by fellow Briton Robert Reid, he is confident that he too can build on a strong start to his first World rally Championship season in the ultra-reliable Carisma GT.

"I'm going to go like hell in New Zealand. I know the mistakes I made on the Acropolis Rally and I'm sure I can get a good result, even though the competition is going to be pretty strong," Burns stated. "It's a fairly straightforward rally if it's dry, but tyre choice can be crucial if it's wet."




28th Rally New Zealand



ITINERARY




LEG 1 -MANUKAU-MANUKAU (Total 222,63km)
Friday 24 July
18:15 Start from Manukau  
  SS1 Manukau Super Special 12,10 km
2nd day of LEG 1 -MANUKAU-MANUKAU (Total 613,12 km)
Sunday 26 July
09.25 Start from Manukau  
  SS2 West 1 - Maramarua 6,26 km
  SS3 Fyfe 1 - Maramarua 6,81 km
  SS4 West 2 - Maramarua 6,26 km
  SS5 Fyfe 2 - Maramarua 6,81 km
  SS6 Quarry 1 - Maramarua 8,88 km
  SS7 Quarry 2 - Maramarua 8,88 km
  SS8 Manukau Super Special 2 2,10 km
16:30 Arrival in Manukau  
LEG 2 - MANUKAU-MANUKAU (Total 613,12 km)
Sunday 26 July
09:25 Manukau    
  SS9 Waipu Gorge 1 11,24 km
  SS10 Brooks 1 16,15 km
  SS11 Paparoa Station 1 11,66 km
  SS12 Ararua 31,95 km
  SS13 Cassidy 20,06 km
  SS14 Parahi 24,00 km
  SS15 Sterling 3,80 km
  SS16 Waipu Gorge 2 11,24 km
  SS17 Brooks 2 16,15 km
  SS18 Paparoa Station 2 11,66 km
21:05 Arrival in Manukau    
LEG 3 MANUKAU-MANUKAU (Total 633,06 km)
Sunday 27 July
05:00 Start from Manukau  
  SS19 Te Koraha 1 47,43 km
  SS20 Te Koraha 2 47,43 km
  SS21 Pekanui 16,50 km
  SS22 Bridal Vell 23,48 km
  SS23 Mangatawhiri 6,63 km
  SS24 Whaanga Coast 8,88 km
  SS25 Te Hutewal 11,39 km
19:00 Final of the rally in Manukau  



MICHELIN - MITSUBISHI OIL - ENKEI - NGK - OHLINS - OMP -
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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