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1997 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13
1997 API RALLY AUSTRALIA

Sunday, November 2, 1997
LEG 3 - 353,51km - 4 special stages- 111,01 km

MITSUBISHI DRIVER MAKINEN EXTENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD ON RALLY AUSTRALIA


Team Winfield Mitsubishi Ralliart driver Tommi Makinen tightened his grip on the 1997 World Rally Championship by taking a brilliant second place in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on the 13th of the 14 rounds, the API Rally Australia. Team Winfield Mitsubishi Ralliart was the only major team to finish intact, as British driver Richard Burns backed up Makinen with a strong fourth place in the Carisma GT and top Australian Ed Ordynski made it three Mitsubishis in the top six.

The final leg was settled in Bunnings Forest, south-west of Perth. It has become a traditional feature of the rally and as usual, large crowds packed the stages, especially in the natural amphitheatre in which all four stages start or finish. With typical thoroughness, the organisers even provide a commentary to keep the fans informed of the latest developments. They were treated to one of the most exciting finishes ever to a World Championship rally, with fewer than 40 seconds spanning the top four and immediate drama when leader Carlos Sainz retired his Ford with engine trouble.

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FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1.C.MCRAE/N.GRIST GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 4.05.31 Gr-A
2.T.MAKINEN/S.HARJANNE FIN/FIN MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.05.37 Gr-A
3. D.AURIOL/D.GIRAUDET F/F TOYOTA COROLLA 4.05.52 Gr-A
4.R.BURNS/R.REID GB/GB MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4.06.10 Gr-A
5.P.BOURNE/C.VINCENT NZ/NZ SUBARU IMPREZA 4.13.23 Gr-A
6.E.ORDYNSKI/M.STACEY AUS/AUS MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.14.55 Gr-A
7.F.LOIX/S.SMEETS B/B TOYOTA CELICA 4.15.26 Gr-A
8.N.BATES/C.TAYLOR AUS/AUS TOYOTA COROLLA 4.16.39 Gr-A
9.R.SUFAN/M.CHRISTIE RA/RA TOYOTA CELICA 4.24.34 Gr-A
10.H.ROVENPERA/V.SILANDER FIN/FIN SEAT IBIZA 4.30.27 Gr-A
14.Y.KATAOKA/S.HAYASHI J/J MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.31.41 Gr-A


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