RALLY SANREMO - Rally d'Italia (12-14 October)


1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11

1998 RALLYE SANREMO
Monday 12 October
COMMUNIQUE 2


MITSUBISHI LANCER MAKES SUPERB START IN SANREMO RALLY


Team Mitsubishi Ralliart is in a strong position after the first leg of Italy’s Sanremo Rally, the 11th round of the 1998 World Rally Championship, thanks to an explosive start from Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver Tommi Makinen, who has taken the lead. Mitsubishi is also celebrating success in the Group N production , as Uruguay’s Gustavo Trelles has won the Group N world title for the third year running in his Lancer Evolution. British driver Richard Burns has made a solid start in his Mitsubishi Carisma GT.

A superb entry for the 40th running of the event means that the crowds have been bigger than ever. The most dedicated fans even camp in the mountains overnight to make sure they get the best vantage point as the drivers attack the twisty asphalt roads close to the Riviera resort. Bright sunshine has made for a perfect day’s sport, but the roads have often remained slippery beneath the trees.

Double World Champion Makinen and fellow Finn Risto Mannisenmaki have led the rally for most of the day and have convincingly outpaced World Rally Championship rivals Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae. Makinen has revelled in the performance of the Lancer Evolution and its Michelin tyres.

“The car was very new in the spring. Now we have had some time to make it perfect. Piero Liatti with his Subaru has been very fast, but I tried really hard on the last three stages today and now we are leading – and we did many tests in the area we are visiting tomorrow,” Makinen said confidently.

Burns is contesting the rally for the first time and although his Carisma GT is running faultlessly, his lack of knowledge of the roads has cost him time against such strong competition. He holds fourteenth position after the first leg.

“I lost confidence when it was slippery this morning. I’m being quite conservative under braking and not cutting corners that much, but we have been a lot faster on the repeated stages,” he said.

“We’ve had a very good day. Tommi has gone extremely well and he’s not only set three quickest times, but been consistently fast. The tyres have worked well and the second leg should suit us,” declared Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager Phil Short. “Richard was always going to find it difficult, but I’m sure he will soon be in the top 10.”

Mitsubishis hold the first three places in Group N, with Italian Mario Stagni on a Carisma GT and Gustavo Trelles co-driven by Martin Christie confirmed as Group N World Rally Champion after Manfred Stohl retired early. The duel between the Mitsubishi drivers has been a highlight of the season in a class Lancer Evolutions dominate.

The second leg of the rally is much the longest and is expected to be crucial. Competitors face 173 kilometres of narrow, slippery stages to the east around Acqui Terme.

SS 8 - LANGAN - 18.29 km - Monday 12 October

Times on Special Stage 8
1 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.36.9
2 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
12.37.7
3 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.39.5
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.41.3
5 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
12.41.4
6 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 12.42.7
6 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.42.7
8 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.43.4
9 F.CUNICO
L.PIROLLO
FORD
ESCORT
12.44.5
10 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
12.46.2
Overall end of Leg 1
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
1.22.45.6
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.22.49.3
3 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.23.06.7
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.23.16.3
5 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
1.23.22.1
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
1.23.37.7
7 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 1.23.46.3
8 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
1.23.55.9
9 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.23.58.5
10 F.CUNICO
L.PIROLLO
FORD
ESCORT
1.24.04.3
14 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.24.23.7

SS 7 - BAIARDO - 16.86 km - Monday 12 October

Times on Special Stage 7
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
11.57.2
2 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
11.57.5
3 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
11.58.2
4 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 12.00.9
5 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
12.02.4
6 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.02.5
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
12.03.1
8 F.CUNICO
L.PIROLLO
FORD
ESCORT
12.03.2
9 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.04.2
10 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.04.7
11 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
12.05.7
Overall after stage 7
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
1.10.07.9
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.10.09.8
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.10.29.8
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
1.10.35.0
5 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
1.10.40.7
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
1.10.50.5
7 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 1.11.03.6
8 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
1.11.06.1
9 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
1.11.15.1
10 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
1.11.17.6
14 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
1.11.37.5

SS 6 - COLDIRODI- 10.12 km - Monday 12 October

Times on Special Stage 6
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
6.27.7
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.28.6
3 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 6.28.7
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.29.4
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.30.1
6 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.31.9
7 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.32.1
8 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
6.32.3
9 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.32.6
10 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.33.8
13 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
6.37.1
Overall after stage 6
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
58.10.7
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
58.11.6
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
58.30.3
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
58.32.3
5 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
58.38.3
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
58.47.4
7 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
58.54.8
8 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 59.02.7
9 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
59.08.8
10 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
59.12.6
14 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
59.31.8

SS 5 - COLLE D'OGGIA - 20.35 km - Monday 12 October

Times on Special Stage 5
1 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
13.53.5
2 F.CUNICO
L.PIROLLO
FORD
ESCORT
13.54.4
3 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
13.55.3
4 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
13.55.5
5 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
13.55.9
6 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 13.56.1
7 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
13.56.2
8 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
13.58.8
9 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
13.58.9
10 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
14.04.3
14 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
14.10.2
Overall after stage 5
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
51.43.0
1 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
51.43.0
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
52.00.9
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
52.02.2
5 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
52.05.7
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
52.13.1
7 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
52.21.0
8 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 52.34.0
9 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
52.35.8
10 P.MAGAUD
F.PERIN
CITROEN XSARA 52.35.9
15 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
52.54.7

SS 4 - PANTASINA - 9.28 km - Monday 12 October

Times on Special Stage 4
1 J.PURAS
C.DEL BARRIO
CITROEN
XSARA
6.25.5
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.26.0
3 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 6.26.5
4 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.26.7
5 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
6.27.3
6 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.27.5
7 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.27.9
8 P.MAGAUD
F.PERIN
CITROEN XSARA 6.29.0
8 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.29.0
10 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.29.2
17 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
6.35.7
 
Overall after stage 4
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
37.47.5
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
37.49.5
3 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
37.59.4
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
38.02.0
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
38.06.9
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
38.08.8
7 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
38.09.5
8 J.PURAS
C.DEL BARRIO
CITROEN
XSARA
38.20.9
9 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
38.25.1
10 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
38.26.6
16 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
38.44.5

SS 3 - LANGAN - 18.29 km - Monday 12 October

Times on Special Stage 3
1 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.39.4
2 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
12.40.6
3 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.40.8
4 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.43.0
5 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.44.0
6 J.PURAS
C.DEL BARRIO
CITROEN
XSARA
12.48.2
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
12.48.3
8 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
12.50.3
9 R.TRAVAGLIA
F.ZANELLA
PEUGEOT 306
12.50.4
10 P.MAGAUD
F.PERIN
CITROEN XSARA 12.51.6
16 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
12.56.5
Overall after stage 3
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
31.20.2
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
31.23.5
3 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
31.30.4
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
31.32.0
5 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
31.39.0
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
31.39.2
7 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
31.42.0
8 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
31.53.2
9 J.PURAS
C.DEL BARRIO
CITROEN
XSARA
31.55.4
10 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
31.57.6
13 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
32.08.8


SS 2 - BAIARDO - 16.86 km - Monday 12 October

Times on Special Stage 2
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
12.04.5
2 F.CUNICO
L.PIROLLO
FORD
ESCORT
12.08.3
3 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.09.5
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.10.6
5 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.11.1
6 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
12.11.6
7 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
12.11.9
8 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
12.12.9
9 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
12.13.9
10 J.PURAS
C.DEL BARRIO
CITROEN
XSARA
12.14.6
14 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
12.22.1
 
Overall after stage 2
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
18.39.6
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
18.44.1
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
18.48.0
4 F.CUNICO
L.PIROLLO
FORD
ESCORT
18.49.1
5 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
18.49.6
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
18.50.9
7 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
18.51.7
8 C.McRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
18.54.8
9 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
18.56.0
10 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
19.01.0
15 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
19.12.3

SS 1 - COLDIRODI - 10.12 km - Monday 12 October

Times on Special Stage 1
1 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.34.6
2 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
6.35.1
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.37.4
4 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.38.5
5 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.38.8
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
6.39.0
7 P.ANDREUCCI
S.FEDELI
RENAULT
MEGANE MAXI
6.39.6
8 F.CUNICO
L.PIROLLO
FORD
ESCORT
6.40.8
9 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.42.1
10 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
6.42.5
17 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
6.50.2
 
Overall after stage 1
1 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.34.6
2 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
6.35.1
3 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.37.4
4 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.38.5
5 F.DELECOUR
D.GRATALOUP
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.38.8
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
6.39.0
7 P.ANDREUCCI
S.FEDELI
RENAULT
MEGANE MAXI
6.39.6
8 F.CUNICO
L.PIROLLO
FORD
ESCORT
6.40.8
9 D.AURIOL
D.GIRAUDET
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.42.1
10 J.KANKKUNEN
J.REPO
FORD
ESCORT
6.42.5
17 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
6.50.2

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