NETWORK Q RALLY OF GREAT BRITAIN
(21-24 NOVEMBER)

1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13


 
1998 Network Q Rally of Great Britain
Monday 23 November
COMMUNIQUE 3

MITSUBISHI SETS THE PACE
ON 1998 RALLY OF GREAT BRITAIN

Team Mitsubishi Ralliart is well on course to win the Rally of Great Britain, the 13th and final round of the 1998 World Rally Championship, thanks to a superb performance from British driver Richard Burns in his Mitsubishi Carisma GT. Victory for Burns tomorrow will guarantee Mitsubishi the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers for the first time.

Huge crowds have taken advantage of dry, mild weather to throng the forests of mid-Wales, trudging miles through muddy fields to catch a glimpse of their heroes as they grapple with fast, treacherously muddy stages. A day of attrition knocked Colin McRae's Subaru and Didier Auriol's Toyota out of the running, while Carlos Sainz dropped back after skidding off the road. Sainz needs to finish at least in fourth place – his current position – to deny Tommi Makinen the World Championship for Drivers for a record-breaking third year in a row.

Burns carried the attack to overnight leader Colin McRae from the outset. Making full use of the Carisma GT's awesome performance and a shrewd choice of Michelin tyres, he set fastest times on the first three stages in the forests to grab the lead. Although McRae fought back, an all-British battle for the rally was decided when the Subaru's engine failed, handing Burns a useful lead.

"I've been trying as hard as I can. Obviously I'm under pressure on home ground and there's a long way to go, but today has gone really well and I hope we can still give Mitsubishi the World Championship for Manufacturers ", Burns declared.

"It's been a very dramatic afternoon, which has evened things up a little bit. Richard has driven exceptionally well and has a good, but not secure lead on a difficult rally such as this. Winning the manufacturers' championship is a real possibility and as tomorrow's stages are more familiar, I hope they will prove less difficult than today's", stated Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager Phil Short.

Mitsubishi is well placed in the Group N production class, the hardest test of near-showroom machinery. Austria's Manfred Stohl has an impressive lead in his Mitsubishi Carisma GT chased by MItsubishi Lancer driver Hamed Al Wahaibi from Oman.

The last leg of the rally is the longest and potentially the toughest. It includes the longest stage of the rally at 44 kilometres and a total of 165 kilometres of stages in south Wales around Swansea and Merthyr Tydfil.

Leg 2 - Monday 23 November

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AT THE END OF LEG 2

       
1.R.BURNS/R.REID GB/GB MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 2.13.41.2
2.A.McRAE/D.SENIOR GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 2.14.56.9
3.J.KANKKUNEN/J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 2.15.27.3
4.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E TOYOTA COROLLA 2.15.42.9
5.B.THIRY/S.PREVOT B/B FORD ESCORT 2.16.42.3
6.G.DE MEVIUS/J.M.FORTIN B/B SUBARU IMPREZA 2.18.07.9
7.S.LINDHOLM/J.AHO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 2.18.19.8
8.A.SCHWARZ/M.HIEMER D/D FORD ESCORT 2.19.49.5
9.K.HOLOWCZYC/M.WISLAWSKI PL/PL SUBARU IMPREZA 2.20.04.7
10.H.ROVANPERA/R.PIETILAINEN FIN/FIN SEAT CORDOBA 2.20.28.3
12.M.STOHL/P.MULLER A/A MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 2.25.21.6
19.H.AL WAHAIBI/T.HARRYMAN OM/GB MITSUBISHI LANCER 2.27.40.7
       
MICHELIN - MITSUBISHI OIL - ENKEI - NGK - OHLINS - OMP
PIAA - PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND - SABELT


Leg 2 - Monday 23 November
Special Stages 14 to 21

SS 21 MYHERIN 2 - 16.86 km

Times on Special Stage 21
1 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
10.24.7
2 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
10.32.4
3 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
10.35.2
4 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
10.45.2
5 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
10.47.9
6 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
10.53.9
7 A.SCHWARZ
M.HIEMER
FORD
ESCORT
10.56.9
8 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
10.57.8
9 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
11.01.1
10 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT
CORDOBA
11.09.3
12 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
11.25.6
 
Overall after Special Stage 21
1 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
2.13.41.2
2 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.14.56.9
3 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
2.15.27.3
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.15.42.9
5 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
2.16.42.3
6 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.18.07.9
7 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
2.18.19.8
8 A.SCHWARZ
M.HIEMER
FORD
ESCORT
2.19.49.5
9 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.20.04.7
10 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT
CORDOBA
2.20.28.3
12 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
2.25.21.6

Note: Didier Auriol retired (clutch failure)

updated at 7.15 pm local time



SS 20 SWEET LAMB - 25.70 km - Monday 23 November

Times on Special Stage 20
1 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
16.35.4
2 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
16.48.9
3 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
16.58.9
4 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
17.11.7
5 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
17.12.1
6 A.SCHWARZ
M.HIEMER
FORD
ESCORT
17.12.6
7 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
17.28.6
8 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT
CORDOBA
17.32.3
9 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
17.32.9
10 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
17.41.0
14 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
18.23.4
17 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
18.33.7
 
Overall after Special Stage 20
1 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
2.03.16.5
2 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.04.21.7
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.04.45.1
4 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
2.04.54.9
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
2.05.41.1
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
2.05.54.4
7 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
2.07.22.7
8 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
2.07.25.9
9 A.SCHWARZ
M.HIEMER
FORD
ESCORT
2.08.52.6
10 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.51.22.7
11 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT
CORDOBA
2.09.19.0
14 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
2.13.56.0

Note: Colin McRae retired after SS 19 (engine failure)

updated at 7:00 pm local time



SS 19 CEFN - 9.15 km - Monday 23 November

Times on Special Stage 19
1 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
5.37.7
2 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
5.41.2
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
5.43.9
4 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
5.46.1
5 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
5.46.6
6 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
5.47.1
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
5.48.8
8 A.SCHWARZ
M.HIEMER
FORD
ESCORT
5.56.0
9 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
5.56.9
10 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
5.58.9
16 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
6.15.9
 
Overall after Special Stage 19
1 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.46.27.3
2 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.46.41.1
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.47.12.2
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.47.17.7
5 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.47.32.8
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.47.56.0
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
1.48.42.7
8 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
1.49.57.3
9 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.50.10.6
10 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.51.22.7
14 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.55.22.3

updated at 3:45 pm local time



SS 18 CRYCHAN - 21.99 km - Monday 23 November

Times on Special Stage 18
1 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
13.04.5
2 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
13.10.9
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
13.17.2
4 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
13.19.7
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
13.21.5
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
13.22.6
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
13.30.5
8 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
13.41.2
9 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
13.43.6
10 A.SCHWARZ
M.HIEMER
FORD
ESCORT
13.44.5
15 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
14.32.9
 
Overall after Special Stage 18
1 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.40.49.6
2 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.40.59.9
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.41.28.3
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.41.30.6
5 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.41.46.7
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.42.09.4
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
1.42.53.9
8 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
1.44.00.4
9 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.44.11.7
10 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.45.20.0
14 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.49.06.4

updated at 2:55 pm local time



SS 17 ESGAIR DAFYDD - 8.70 km - Monday 23 November

Times on Special Stage 17
1 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
5.24.0
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
5.29.4
3 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
5.31.3
4 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
5.35.9
5 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
5.39.9
6 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
5.41.1
7 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
5.44.1
8 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
5.45.7
9 A.SCHWARZ
M.HIEMER
FORD
ESCORT
5.50.9
10 G.EVANS
H.DAVIES
SEAT
CORDOBA
5.51.1
16 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
6.02.8
 
Overall after Special Stage 17
1 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.27.45.1
2 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.27.49.0
3 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.28.09.1
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.28.11.1
5 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.28.27.0
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.28.46.8
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
1.29.23.4
8 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
1.30.16.8
9 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.30.30.5
10 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.31.19.3
15 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.34.33.5

updated at 2:05 pm local time



SS 16 TYWI - 19.88 km - Monday 23 November

Times on Special Stage 16
1 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
12.18.1
2 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.19.8
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.24.6
4 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.25.7
5 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.36.7
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
12.38.9
7 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
12.51.2
8 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
10.17.9
9 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.59.7
10 A.SCHWARZ
M.HIEMER
FORD
ESCORT
12.59.6
15 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
13.26.0
 
Overall after Special Stage 16
1 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.12.17.7
2 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.22.21.1
3 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.22.28.0
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.22.41.7
5 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.22.42.9
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.23.10.9
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
1.23.43.5
8 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
1.24.31.1
9 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.24.38.3
10 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.25.24.2
15 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.28.30.7

updated at 11:45 am local time



SS 15 Myherin 1- 16.86 km - Monday 23 November

Times on Special Stage 15
1 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
9.51.5
2 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
9.51.8
3 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
9.54.7
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
9.59.8
5 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
10.02.9
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
10.05.7
7 G.EVANS
H.DAVIES
SEAT
CORDOBA
10.17.2
8 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
10.17.9
9 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
10.25.0
10 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT
CORDOBA
10.28.4
19 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
10.55.5
 
Overall after Special Stage 15
1 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.09.44.4
2 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.09.59.6
3 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.10.08.2
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.10.17.1
5 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.10.17.2
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.10.32.0
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
1.10.51.7
8 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.11.38.6
9 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
1.11.39.9
10 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.12.11.1
19 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.15.04.7

updated at 11:25 am local time



SS 14 RADNOR - 23.85 km - Monday 23 November

Times on Special Stage 14
1 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
11.58.7
2 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
11.59.6
3 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.12.6
4 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.17.1
5 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
12.20.6
6 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.20.7
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
12.21.5
8 G.EVANS
H.DAVIES
SEAT
CORDOBA
12.27.9
9 M.MARTIN
T.KITSING
TOYOTA
C
ELICA
12.48.4
10 H.ROVANPERA
R.PIETILAINEN
SEAT
CORDOBA
12.48.7
10 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
12.48.7
19 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
13.18.8
 
Overall after Special Stage 14
1 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
59.52.6
2 R.BURNS
R.REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.00.08.1
3 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.00.13.5
4 A.McRAE
D.SENIOR
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.00.14.3
5 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.00.17.3
6 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.00.26.3
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
1.00.33.8
8 G.DE MEVIUS
J.M.FORTIN
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.01.08.8
9 S.LINDHOLM
J.AHO
FORD
ESCORT
1.01.14.9
10 K.HOLOWCZYC
M.WISLAWSKI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.01.32.8
23 M.STOHL
P.MULLER
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.04.09.2
27 H.AL WAHAIBI
T.HARRYMAN
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
1.04.52.1

updated at 8:45 am local time




 

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