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1997 RALLY OF INDONESIA


MITSUBISHI AIMS FOR RENEWED SUCCESS IN
RALLY OF INDONESIA

Team Mitsubishi Ralliart heads for the Rally of Indonesia, the 11th round of the World Rally Championship, on the crest of a wave following its third successive victory on the Rally Finland. Mitsubishi Lancer driver Tommi Makinen's brilliant victory has taken him a large step towards retaining his World Rally Championship and strengthened Mitsubishi's position in the manufacturers' series. Makinen will be one of the favorites in Indonesia and will get stout support from Mitsubishi Carisma GT driver Richard Burns.

Makinen and fellow Finn Seppo Harjanne know that Indonesia is one of the toughest rallies in the World Rally Championship in the Asian Pacific district and are taking nothing for granted, even though they have been consistent pacesetters this year in the formidable Lancer and have won twice as many rallies as their nearest rivals. High temperatures and astonishing humidity mean that success in Indonesia requires high levels of fitness, while the distinct possibility of tropical storms can make the rubber and palm oil plantation tracks of northern Sumatra as slippery as any stage on the Monte Carlo or Swedish Rallies. If it is dry on the other hand, the stages are often extremely rough.

"The World Rally Championship is not over yet, so it is important to get a good result. Anything can happen in rallying, but including reliability, I know my Lancer is good in any conditions - especially with our Michelin tyres - and I feel confident. We have four wins already this year, but last year I won five World Championship rallies, so it would be nice to win again soon!" said Makinen.

"Everything has been on an upward curve in the last few months. We've had more and more fastest stage times on every rally we've done and I intend that to continue," said Burns. "It's a tough event on the driver, because of the heat and humidity and I think this year's will be even tougher, because the weather is more unpredictable at this time of the year, but it's a good event for the car and Mitsubishi has had some very good results recently."

"As both drivers mention that, it's a particularly difficult rally, because of the heat and potentially wet conditions. If it is wet and muddy, you need a car with good torque, which suits Mitsubishi very well. Tyre choice is absolutely critical, because the weather can change so fast. I think the event is a bit of a lottery, because of the weather. The toughest leg will be the wettest," predicted Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Manager Phil Short. "To some extent it's a tactical event, because if you drive with the sort of commitment that you see in Finland, for instance, you're probably not going to finish. It does take a lot out of not just the drivers, but the co-drivers and mechanics, owing to the heat. There aren't many rallies that are as physically demanding,"

"Tommi is of course competitive anywhere and he can afford to drive tactically, because he has a good lead in the World Rally Championship. Richard has useful experience of Asian rallying in general. Also, judging by his performances this year, he is capable of a top result," Short concluded.

The three-day event starts and finishes in the bustling industrial city of Medan, bordering the Malacca Strait, but much of the event is concentrated to the south-west, near the tourist resort of Parapat, which borders Lake Toba. The first leg starts on September 19 and includes eight stages, which total 137 kilometres. The second leg loops around Parapat and also has eight stages, which cover 149 kilometres. The final day takes crews back to Medan and is a little shorter, but its six special stages make up 115 kilometres. However you can not relax because the rally is such that even the final kilometres can be a sting in the tail.




1997 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM MITSUBISHI RALLIART RESULTS

  1997 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Gr A Gr N
Round 1 MONTE CARLO RALLY
19-22 January
T.Makinen 3rd
U.Nittel 5th
G.Trelles 1st
(9th overall)
Round 2 INTERNATIONAL SWEDISH RALLY
7-10 February
T.Makinen 3rd
 
K.Backlund 1st
(11th overall)
Round 3 555 SAFARI RALLY
1-3 March
R.Burns 2nd
 
S.Zasada 2nd
(12th overall)
Round 4 TAP RALLY PORTUGAL
23-26 March
T.Makinen 1st
 
G.Trelles 1st
(7th overall)
Round 5 RALLY CATALUNYA COSTA BRAVA
14-16 April
T.Makinen 1st
U.Nittel 8th
G.Trelles 1st
(13th overall)
Round 6 TOUR DE CORSE
5-7 May
U.Nittel 8th
 
J.Andreani 2nd
(15th overall)
Round 7 RALLY CHEVRON ARGENTINA
22-24 May
T.Makinen 1st
 
G.Trelles 1st
(8th overall)
Round 8 ACROPOLIS RALLY
8-10 June
T.Makinen 3rd
R.Burns 4th
G.Trelles 1st
(14th overall)
Round 9 SMOKEFREE RALLY NEW ZEALAND
2-5 August
R.Burns 4th
 
G.Trelles 1st
(7th overall)
Round 10 NESTE RALLY FINLAND
28-31 August
T.Makinen 1st
U.Nittel 7th
J.Puhakka 1st
(9th overall)


POINTS STANDING(After Rally Finland)

  For Drivers    
1. T.Makinen 52 Mitsubishi
2. C.Sainz 34 Ford
3. C.McRae 32 Subaru
4. K.Eriksson 24 Subaru
5. P.Liatti 18 Subaru
6. R.Burns 12 Mitsubishi
7. A.Schwarz 11 Ford


  For Manufacturers  
1. Subaru 74
2. Mitsubishi 66
3. Ford 61


  Cup for Drivers of Production Cars    
1. G.Trelles 84 Mitsubishi
2. M.Stohl 23 Mitsubishi
3. K.Backlund 13 Mitsubishi







1997 RALLY OF INDONESIA

ITINERARY
Friday 19 September - LEG1  
09:00Start of the Rally 
 SS1 Sei Merah13.58km
 SS2 Batu Lokong12.40km
 SS3 Batu Gingging11.10km
 SS4 Bagerpang15.72km
 SS5 Sei Putih13.59km
 SS6 Bandar Meriah30.24km
 SS7 Siblan18.71km
 SS8 Goodyear22.38km
19:30Arrival in Parapat 
Saturday 20 September - LEG2  
07:00Start from Parapat 
 SS9 Gorbus Aek Nauli25.65km
 SS10 Huta Tonga A18.86km
 SS11 Bah Birung Ulu12.39km
 SS12 Marihat15.17km
 SS13 Gunung Para17.39km
 SS14 Goodyear22.38km
 SS15 Aek Nauli14.81km
 SS16 Huta Tonga22.42km
18:00Arrival in Parapat 
Sunday 21 September - LEG3  
06:00Start from Parapat
 SS17 Aek Nauli14.81km
 SS18 Huta Tonga22.42km
 SS19 Marihat15.17km
 SS20 Pabatu13.55km
 SS21 Sibulan18.71km
 SS22 Paya Pinang Mendaris31.02km
16:10Final of the rally 
Special stages : 22(407.47km)  
Total length of the rally : 1128,83km  


Copyright 1997 by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.