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


1998 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11



1998 RALLYE SANREMO
Wednesday 14 October
COMMUNIQUE 4


MITSUBISHI SCORES MAGNIFICENT SANREMO RALLY WIN


Team Mitsubishi Ralliart won for the fifth time in 11 starts this year on Italy’s round of the World Rally Championship, the Sanremo Rally, thanks to a superb performance from Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver Tommi Makinen. Added to Gustavo Trelles’s third Group N production car world title, it completed a triumphant week for the Lancer Evolution.

The tension reached fever pitch on the last day of the rally as crews battled for fractions of seconds on completely dry roads bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine. High speeds on the twisty, demanding stages weaving through the wooded hills above Sanremo required as much commitment as a race track and the enthuastic fans revelled in the spectacle.

Makinen, co-driven by fellow Finn Risto Mannisenmaki, was under no real pressure after dominating the rally for two days and another scintillating time on the second stage of the morning put the Lancer Evolution crew well clear. Good handling, complete reliability and Michelin’s lates tyres were the key elements in Makinen’s fourth victory of the season – more wins than any other driver. He is now just two points behind Carlos Sainz in the World Championship.

“It was a very important victory and I’m very happy. The car and tyres were excellent. It’s one of my best wins,” Makinen declared.

British team-mates Richard Burns and Robert Reid performed creditably and were unlucky to finish seventh in their Mitsubishi Carisma GT after a minor electrical fault on the last day.

“It’s an absolutely fantastic result. Tommi’s been in control almost from the start. I’d also like to pay tribute to the team for making the car so competitive and to express our appreciation to Michelin,” concluded Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager Phil Short.


Gianluigi Galli led home team-mate Mario Stagni to record a magnificent Group N success for the Carisma GTs of Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Italia, with Uruguayan Trelles, co-driven by Argentina’s Martin Christie, a fine third in his Lancer after an excellent season.

“This has been a wonderful experience for us. We have learned so much, the cars have been very good and we hope for even better things in the future,” said Guglielmo Consonni, the Director of Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Italia.

Team Mitsubishi Ralliart will be in action again at the beginning of November on the Rally Australia, the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship.




1998 RALLYE SANREMO

STATISTICS


Dates :
12-14 October 1998
Length :
1494 kms
Total SS:
401 kms on 24 special stages

Entries :
160 (97 Group A + 63 Group N)

Starters
: 153 (94 Group A + 59 Group N)

Makes :
Peugeot 26, Fiat 26, Mitsubishi 19, Subaru 16, Citroen 14, Renault 12, Opel 12, Toyota 9, Ford 7, Seat 6, Volkswagen 2, Nissan 2, Hyundai 2, Skoda 2, Lancia 1, Honda 1, Rover 1, Mazda 1.

Nations (first drivers) :
Italy 106, France 7, Belgium 6, Great Britain 6, Finland 5, Switzerland 3, Germany 3, Austria 3, Spain 2, Russia 2, Poland 2, Holland 2, Sweden 1, Turkey 1, Slovenia 1, Uruguay 1, Hungary 1, San Marino 1, Estonia 1, Australia 1, Denmark 1, Czech 1, Andorra 1, Saudi Arabia 1, Portugal 1.

Stages winners :
Makinen 9, Panizzi 5, Liatti 4, McRae 2, Burns 1, Auriol 1, Puras 1, Dallavilla 1

Rally leaders :
Liatti 1, Makinen 2 - 4, Makinen & Liatti 5, Makinen 5 - 24

World Championship for Drivers :
Sainz 50, Makinen 48, McRae 42, Kankkunen 31, Auriol 30, Burns 23, Liatti 17, Loix 12, Delecour & Vatanen & Panizzi 6, Thiry 4, Eriksson 3.

World Championship for Manufacturers
: Toyota 75, Mitsubishi 71, Subaru 62, Ford 41 .

SS 24 - MONTE CEPPO - 28.08 km - Wednesday 14 October

Times on Special Stage 24
1 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
19.24.7
2 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
19.26.1
3 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
19.27.5
4 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
19.27.9
5 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
19.29.2
6 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
19.31.0
7 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
19.36.2
8 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
19.40.3
9 P.MAGAUD
M.PERIN
CITROEN
XSARA
19.47.3
10 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
19.54.3
1stN G.TRELLES
M.CHRISTIE
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
20.47.2
2ndN M.STAGNI
R.PAGANONI
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA
21.00.1
3rdN G.GALLI
G.D'AMORE
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA
21.00.3
 
Final Overall classification
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
4.34.34.5
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.34.50.3
3 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.36.04.7
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
4.36.06.4
5 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
4.37.55.7
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
4.38.21.7
7 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
4.39.15.8
8 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.39.39.5
9 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
4.40.10.8
10 A.NAVARRA
R.CASAZZA
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.40.28.6
1stN G.GALLI
G.D'AMORE
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA
4.53.27.5
2ndN M.STAGNI
R.PAGANONI
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA
4.54.02.9
3rdN G.TRELLES
M.CHRISTIE
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
4.58.20.9

SS 23 - BIGNONE - 10.31 km - Wednesday 14 October

Times on Special Stage 23
1 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.40.9
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.43.5
3 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.44.9
4 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
6.45.5
5 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.45.8
6 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.46.2
7 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
6.47.1
8 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.47.9
9 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
6.50.2
10 P.MAGAUD
M.PERIN
CITROEN
XSARA
6.51.4
 
Overall on Special Stage 23
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
4.15.05.3
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.15.25.6
3 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.16.37.2
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
4.16.40.3
5 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
4.18.27.4
6 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
4.18.27.8
7 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
4.19.35.5
8 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.20.08.5
9 A.NAVARRA
R.CASAZZA
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.20.20.2
10 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
4.20.34.6

SS 22 - COLLE D'OGGIA - 20.35 km - Wednesday 14 October

Times on Special Stage 22
1 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
13.44.1
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
13.49.7
3 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
13.50.7
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
13.50.9
5 P.MAGAUD
M.PERIN
CITROEN
XSARA
13.53.7
6 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
13.55.2
7 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
13.56.0
8 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
13.57.1
9 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
13.58.8
10 R.TRAVAGLIA
F.ZANELLA
PEUGEOT 306
14.00.2
 
Overall on Special Stage 22
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
4.08.18.2
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.08.42.1
3 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.09.51.4
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
4.09.54.1
5 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
4.11.41.9
6 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
4.11.46.9
7 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
4.12.45.3
9 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.13.20.6
8 A.NAVARRA
R.CASAZZA
SUBARU
IMPREZA
4.13.25.8
10 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
4.13.49.7

SS 21 - PANTASINA - 9.28 km - Wednesday 14 October

Times on Special Stage 21
1 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.25.2
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.26.0
3 P.MAGAUD
M.PERIN
CITROEN
XSARA
6.27.3
4 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.27.7
5 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
6.27.8
6 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
6.28.9
7 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.29.3
8 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.30.2
9 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
6.31.0
10 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.32.0
 
Overall on Special Stage 21
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
3.54.21.1
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.54.52.4
3 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.56.00.7
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
3.56.03.2
5 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
3.57.43.1
6 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
3.58.02.8
7 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
3.58.50.1
8 A.NAVARRA
R.CASAZZA
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.59.10.2
9 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.59.16.8
10 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
3.59.53.7

SS 20 - MONTE CEPPO- 28.09 km - Wednesday 14 October

Times on Special Stage 20
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
19.28.9
2 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
19.31.3
3 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
19.32.4
4 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
19.34.7
4 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
19.34.7
6 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
19.36.9
7 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
19.41.5
8 R.TRAVAGLIA
F.ZANELLA
PEUGEOT 306
19.42.4
9 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
19.43.2
10 A.NAVARRA
R.CASAZZA
SUBARU
IMPREZA
19.44.4
 
Overall on Special Stage 20
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
3.47.53.3
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.3.48.26.4
3 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.49.33.0
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
3.49.33.9
5 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
3.51.12.1
6 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
3.51.37.6
7 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
3.52.21.2
8 A.NAVARRA
R.CASAZZA
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.52.24.3
9 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.52.46.6
10 A.AGHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
3.53.21.7

Philippe Bugalski (Citroen) went off the road and retired.

SS 19 - BIGNONE - 10.31 km - Wednesday 14 October

Times on Special Stage 19
1 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
6.45.6
2 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 6.45.7
3 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.45.9
4 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
6.47.1
5 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.47.4
6 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
6.49.6
7 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.50.8
7 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.52.1
9 A.GHINI
L.ROGGIA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
6.52.1
10 A.NAVARRA
R.CASAZZA
SUBARU
IMPREZA
6.53.1
 
Overall on Special Stage 19
1 T.MAKINEN
R.MANNISENMAKI
MITSUBISHI
LANCER
3.28.24.4
2 P.LIATTI
F.PONS
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.28.51.7
3 C.MCRAE
N.GRIST
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.29.51.5
4 C.SAINZ
L.MOYA
TOYOTA
COROLLA
3.29.57.0
5 B.THIRY
S.PREVOT
FORD
ESCORT
3.31.37.4
6 P.BUGALSKI
JP.CHIARONI
CITROEN XSARA 3.31.59.4
7 G.PANIZZI
H.PANIZZI
PEUGEOT 306
MAXI
3.32.06.3
8 A.DALLAVILLA
D.FAPPANI
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.32.08.5
9 A.NAVARRA
R.CASAZZA
SUBARU
IMPREZA
3.32.39.9
10 R. BURNS
R. REID
MITSUBISHI
CARISMA GT
3.32.48.8
 




 

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