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1997 WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 12
RALLYE SANREMO - RALLYE D'ITALIA (12-15 OCT.)


Wednesday, October 15, 1997
LEG 3 - 362,92 km - 7 special stages - 109,13 kms

MITSUBISHI DRIVER MAKINEN EXTENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
LEAD ON SANREMO RALLY



Team Mitsubishi Ralliart driver Tommi Makinen has reinforced his lead in the 1997 World Rally Championship after taking a hard-fought third place on the Sanremo Rally, the 12th round of the series, in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The 33-year-old Finn now needs only 12 points from the last two rallies to become World Rally Champion for the second year running, even if he does not win. Mitsubishi dominated the Group N production car category once more, taking the top three places in the class.

Tension reached fever pitch during the final leg of Italy’s 1,010-kilometre World Rally Championship event, as mere seconds divided the leading cars. With a stage to run, both third and fifth places looked as though they would be resolved by a tie break – proof the white-hot competitiveness of the World Rally Championship with works cars from Subaru, Ford and Toyota delivering amazingly similar levels of performance. Dry roads meant that speeds were high on the daunting mountain passes were high, although bright sunshine raised temperatures after a cold start. Thousands of fans ascended the narrow, winding roads to catch a glimpse of the cars on the limit, the drivers seeking tenths of a second as the finish neared with no one gaining an advantage.

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FINAL CLASSIFICATION


1.C.MCRAE/N.GRIST GB/GB SUBARU IMPREZA 4.08.25 Gr-A
2.P.LIATTI/F.PONS I/I SUBARU IMPREZA 4.08.31 Gr-A
3.T.MAKINEN/S.HARJANNE FIN/FIN MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.08.37 Gr-A
3.C.SAINZ/L.MOYA E/E FORD ESCORT 4.08.39 Gr-A
5.F.LOIX/S.SMEETS B/B TOYOTA COROLLA 4.09.15 Gr-A
6.J.KANKKUNEN/J.REPO FIN/FIN FORD ESCORT 4.09.18 Gr-A
7.A.AGHINI/L.ROGGIA I/I TOYOTA CELICA 4.11.13 Gr-A
8. D.AURIOL/D.GIRAUDET F/F TOYOTA COROLLA 4.11.58 Gr-A
9.D.OLDRATI/P.LIZZI I/I SUBARU IMPREZA 4.17.44 Gr-A
10. H.ROVANPERA/V.SILANDER FIN/FIN SEAT IBIZA 4.21.57 Gr-A
14.M.STAGNI/E.BRAZZOLI I/I MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.31.27 1st Gr-N
15.L.BALDINI/M.AGOSTINELLI I/I MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.31.55 Gr-N
19.B.POPOVIC/R.LELJAK SLO/SLO MITSUBISHI LANCER 4.38.21 Gr-N


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