=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- 1998 Neste Rally Finland 21-23 August 1998 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Makinen takes a firm grip on Rally Finland!

Tommi Makinen will head into the final day of the Rally Finland with an almost unassailable lead over his nearest rivals Carlos Sainz and Juha Kankkunen. Makinen stretched a slender 7 sec lead over Sainz to a deficit of 34 secs on Leg 2’s storm affected stages. Rain in the morning made the roads as slippery as Day 1’s rain-lashed stages, however clearing skies helped Makinen push further ahead. 6 stages remain during tomorrow’s final Leg before the event finish in Jyväskylä.

Overall Positions after Leg 2 1. Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V 2h26m36.3s 2. Carlos Sainz Toyota Corolla WRC +34.4s 3. Juha Kankkunen Ford Escort WRC +50.5s 4. Didier Auriol Toyota Corolla WRC +1m59.0s 5. Richard Burns Mitsubishi Carisma GT +2m37.3s 6. Thomas Rådström Toyota Corolla WRC +2m44.8s