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67th Rally of Monte Carlo Round 1 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 17 January - 20 January 1999 Congratulations to Tommi Makinen/Risto Mannisenmaki and Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart on winning the 1999 Monte Carlo Rally The Makinen...

67th Rally of Monte Carlo Round 1 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 17 January - 20 January 1999

Congratulations to Tommi Makinen/Risto Mannisenmaki and Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart on winning the 1999 Monte Carlo Rally

The Makinen winning machine has done it again. With a healthy lead, Makinen cruised through the final 4 stages of the rally, driving cautiously although he did spin twice on the first stage in slippery conditions. Kankkunen was 2nd for Subaru and a podium finish for the new Ford Focus with McRae in 3rd! The top four places represented four different manufacturers with Auriol in 4th (Toyota).

The end of a superb drive for Gilles Pannizzi though....on the first stage this morning, on a fast right-hander, the car lost grip on a black ice patch that was not in his notes. The front of the car hit a wall sideways, and the vehicle skidded about 100 m on its roof, before falling back on its wheels. No injuries for the crew but they were forced to retire.

The stages today were made up of 2 different stages that were repeated. Conditions were even more slippery than yesterday and 'most' drivers tended to be cautious.

Auriol however was not cautious and had an excellent drive today, going from 6th to 4th. He set out to catch Delecour and Thiry who were only 10 seconds in front at the start of the day. Te 3 drivers battled all day - Auriol was definately faster (winning 2 stages), but punctures by both Delecour and Thiry did work in his favour. Delecour edged out Thiry for 5th place.

Rovanpera was also on the limit and celebrated the Seat WRC's first stage - honking his horn at spectators on his way at the recognition of their applause. He finished in 8th, only 4 seconds behind Liatti.

A full wrap will be posted shortly along with details of all finishers. --------------------------------------------------------

Unofficial results and of Leg 4 (final):

1 Makinen        Mitsubishi        5:16:50,6
2 Kankkunen        Subaru                5:18:35,3
3 McRae                Ford                5:20:07,4
4 Auriol        Toyota                5:20:43,4
5 Delecour        Ford                5:20:51,8
6 Thiry                Subaru                5:20:53,1
7 Liatti        Seat                5:23:48,7
8 Rovanpera        Seat                5:23:52,9
9 Burns                Subaru                5:26:15,2
10 Lungaard        Toyota                5:30:56,8

Formula 2:

1 Gardemeister        Seat                5:53:50,3        
2 Maselli        Renault                5:58:30,9
3 Rouit                Citroen                6:14:43,1                

Group N:

1 Duez                        Mit Carisma        5:43:31,2
2 Trelles                Mit Evo V        5:51:07,7
3 Spiliotis                Impreza WRX        5:54:59,7        

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Stage Winners: SS11 - Auriol (Toyota) SS12 - McRae (Ford) SS13 - Rovanpera (Seat) SS14 - McRae

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SS 11 Sospel-La Bollene Vesubie 33,65km

Weather: 0°c Stage Conditions: Wet road, black ice and compacted snow from 16.3 to 20.3km, dry road in the downhill. Notes: - Makinen: Spun once in the uphill, and once in the downhill. - Panizzi: Crashed out. In a fast right-hander, the car lost grip on a black ice patch that was not reported in his notes. Front of the car hit a wall sideways, and the vehicle skidded about 100 m on its roof, before falling back on its wheels. No injuries for the crew. - Kankkunen: "The road was a lot more slippery than yesterday." - McRae: punctured - Delecour: Chose snow tyres because he fears a comeback from Auriol. - Rovanpera: "So slippery ..." - Liatti: "Very cautious with his brakes after what happened yesterday. - Burns: "Crappy ! It was very difficult on the ice patches." - Jean-Joseph: Spun in the downhill and lost 15 seconds. Has engine cut-offs. - Duez: Bumped in the same spot as Panizzi, damaging the left side of the bodywork and left rear wheelrim.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol                Toyota                28:06,2
2 Thiry                        Subaru                28:16,0
3 Kankkunen                Subaru                28:25,4
4 Liatti                Seat                28:36,3
5 Delecour                Ford                28:38,5

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SS 12 Lantosque - Luceram 20,87km

Weather: 5°c Stage Conditions: The first 4 Km frost, then wet road until the end. Notes: Thiry - punctured Delecour - puntured

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 McRae                        Ford                15:43,2
2 Burns                        Subaru                16:03,7
3 Makinen                Mitsubishi        16:07,0
4 Kankkunen                Subaru                16:07,5
5 Lungaard                Toyota                16:14,2

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SS 13 Sospel-La Bollene Vesubie 33,65km

Weather: 6 to 8°c Stage Conditions: Wet road, black ice from 16,3 to 20,3km - dry in the downhill. Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Rovanpera                Seat                26:53,4
2 Auriol                Toyota                26:53,8
3 Liatti                Seat                26:55,4
4 Delecour                Ford                26:59,8
5 Thiry                        Subaru                27:01,4

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SS 14 Lantosque - Luceram 20,87km

Weather: 7°c Stage Conditions: The first 4 Km frost, then wet road until the end Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol                Toyota                15:19,0                
2 Delecour                Ford                15:25,0
3 Thiry                        Subaru                15:29,9
4 McRae                        Ford                15:29,9
5 Burns                        Subaru                15:43,0

"Cynan 'Dusty' Rhodes" <cynan@harvestroad.com.au> http://www.dusty.com.au

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Series WRC
Drivers Tommi Makinen , Risto Mannisenmaki
Teams Citroën World Rally Team
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