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MITSUBISHI DRIVER BURNS FINISHES FOURTH AS MITSUBISHI
WINS GROUP N ON RALLY OF NEW ZEALAND




Team Mitsubishi Ralliart driver Richard Burns scored an excellent fourth place on the Rally of New Zealand, the ninth round of the World Rally Championship, after setting the pace for two of the rally's three legs in his Carisma GT. Mitsubishi Lancers crushed all opposition to take the first two places in the Group N production category as well.

The third and final leg of the rally was the shortest, with 95 kilometres of stages, but exceptionally demanding nonetheless. The combination of a low, early-morning sun on a still morning and dust made the first two stages particularly difficult, especially as they were new to the rally this year and therefore unfamiliar to the top competitors. Enthusiastic crowds basked in spring-like warmth as the drivers pressed their cars to the limit on the smooth, flowing roads that snake between farms and forests.

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FINAL CLASSIFICATION

1.K.ERIKSSON/S.PARMANDER S/S SUBARU IMPREZA 4H14M11S Gr-A
2.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E FORD ESCORT 4H14M24S +0.13 Gr-A
3.J. KANKKUNEN/J. REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 4H14M30S +0.19 Gr-A
4.R.BURNS/R.REID GB/GB MITSUBISHI CARISMA GT 4H15M29S +1.18 Gr-A
5. P.BOURNE/C.VINCENT NZ/NZ SUBARU IMPREZA 4H19M35S +5.24 Gr-A
6. N.BATES/C.TAYLOR NZ/NZ TOYOTA CELICA 4H25M33S +11.22 Gr-A
7.G.TRELLES/J.DEL BUONO ROU/RA MITSUBISHI LANCER 4H27M55S +14.18 Gr-N(1st-N)
8.R.SUFAN/M.CHRISTIE NZ/NZ TOYOTA CELICA 4H29M23S +15.12 Gr-A
9. B.STOKES/G.COWAN NZ/NZ FORD ESCORT 4H29M38S +15.27 Gr-A
10.R. JONES/L.BULT NZ/NZ MITSUBISHI LANCER 4H29M57S +15.46 Gr-N(2nd-N)





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GR=Greece^ J=Japan^ RA=Argentine^ ROU=Uruguay^ S=Sweden
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