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Rally De Portugal Final Leg

1999 Rally De Portugal Official Site: http://www.tap-rallyedeportugal.pt Round 4 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 20-24 March Colin McRae has won the the 1999 Rallye De Portugal “This is a great victory for the Focus on its first...

1999 Rally De Portugal Official Site: http://www.tap-rallyedeportugal.pt Round 4 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 20-24 March

Colin McRae has won the the 1999 Rallye De Portugal

“This is a great victory for the Focus on its first real gravel rally,” said 30-year-old McRae, for whom this was his 18th world championship triumph. “We really won the rally during the first leg when we knew we had to make the most of the good conditions. We drove hard through those fast stages as we knew the technical stages later in the rally, where the road conditions were not so good, would be more difficult.

“It’s been much harder than many of my other victories but the Focus has performed faultlessly. For the car to be this quick on gravel means it can also be this good on asphalt so I think the rest of the season could be well worth waiting for. It’s incredible for a car to be so successful so early in its lifetime and with further development it can only improve,” added the 1995 world champion.

Today was a relatively short 60km sprint with 4 stages and very little changed on the leader board except for Solberg who dropped to 11th after problems on the final stage.

Makinen though set the pace today and was out to catch Richard Burns and valuable championship points. He started 25 seconds behind and won 3 of the 4 stages, but Burns was fast enough and kept ahead.

And in Formula 2, Hyundai finally won their first event in the Coupe! ALister McRae wsa first followed by team mate Eriksson in 2nd.

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Unofficial final results:

1 McRae                Ford Focus                4:05:41,7
2 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                4:05:54,0
3 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                4:05:58,2
4 Burns                Subaru Impreza                4:06:37,1
5 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        4:06:46,1
6 Thiry                Subaru Impreza                4:13:11,4
7 Isik                Toyota Corolla                 4:15:07,5
8 Kahle                Toyota Corolla                4:15:15,9
9 Madeira        Subaru Impreza                4:15:51,5
10 Climent        Subaru Impreza                4:17:10,3

Group N:

1 Campos        Mit Carisma                4:22:11,0        
2 Trellles        Mit Lancer Evo V        4:25:49,1
3 Kangas        Subaru Impreza                4:30:14,9

Formula 2:

1 A.McRae        Hyundai Coupe Evo II        4:22:49,7
2 Eriksson        Hyundai Coupe Evo II        4:23:31,0        
3 Lopes                Peugot 306 Maxi                4:26:04,1

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CS 20, Vizo/Celorico de Basto 09:55 11.84 Km

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        7:31,9
2 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                7:32,8
3 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                7:33,3
4 McRae                Ford Focus                7:36,3
5 Burns                Subaru Impreza                7:38,1

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CS 21, Fridão 10:48 14.20 Km

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        10:12,0
2 McRae                Ford Focus                10:16,6
3 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                10:16,9
4 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                10:19,9
5 Burns                Subaru Impreza                10:20,2

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CS 22, Aboboreira 11:34 17.96 Km

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        12:13,2
2 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                12:14,1
3 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                12:14,2
4 Burns                Subaru Impreza                12:17,4
5 McRae                Ford Focus                12:23,5

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CS 23, Lousada / Barrosas 12:55 15.85 Km

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                11:53,4
2 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                11:54,5
3 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        11:57,9
4 Burns                Subaru Impreza                12:01,1
5 McRae                Ford Focus                12:02,7

"Cynan 'Dusty' Rhodes" <cynan@harvestroad.com.au>

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