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Safari Rally Provisional Results

1999 Safari Rally Kenya Official Site: http://www.safarirally.co.ke Unofficial Site: http://www.thesafarirally.com/ Round 3 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 25-28 February 1999 Results at the end of Leg 3 Colin McRae and Nicky Grist...

1999 Safari Rally Kenya Official Site: http://www.safarirally.co.ke Unofficial Site: http://www.thesafarirally.com/ Round 3 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 25-28 February 1999

Results at the end of Leg 3

Colin McRae and Nicky Grist have given their Ford Focus its first World Rally Chapmionship win. Not since 1977 have Ford won the Safari Rally (Bjorn Waldegaard, Escort RS 2000). Colin McRae has the unusual distinction of winning a World Championship rally by almost 8 minutes without setting a single fastest section time. “The Safari is a delicate balance between speed and caution; we seem to have got that balance right and we are delighted for the team, for all the effort, to have developed a competitive car so quickly” said Nicky Grist.

Tommi Makinen finished in 2nd place after setting the pace today. This result is however provisional. Lodging a protest for clarification of the regulations relating to External Physical Assistance, the Toyota Castrol Team are awaiting confirmation from the Stewards of the Rally relating to an alleged infringement of the rules by second-placed Tommi Makinen.

Auriol was pushing hard today, trying to catch Makinen. With only 4 minutes seperating them at the start of the day, a simple puncture could decide the outcome. Bad luck for Auriol though as he punctured and lost time.

Sainz kept up the press in case either Didier or Tommi had a problem, but realistically was driving for a fiinsh. Today he broke a driveshaft, had one puncture and broke another windscreen. "It’s been a tough event, we’ve suffered a few problems, but the Corolla has stood up to the challenge and I am happy to have added to our points tally. It would have been better if either Didier or I could have won, but it is good to see Colin (McRae) winning the event and breaking the run of luck Tommi has had."

Rovanpera in the Seat WRC caught Petter Solberg on the first section today but then his turbo blew. He lost further time in service changing it. Overall he finished 7th. Team mate Liatti was unlucky today and retired 1/2 way through the 2nd section with no oil pressure.

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Unofficial results at end of Leg 3:

1 McRae                        Ford Focus                8:41:39,1
2 Makinen                Mit. Lancer VI                8:49:28,2
3 Auriol                Toyota Corolla                8:56:05,3
4 Sainz                        Toyota Corolla                8:59:46,3
5 Duncan                Toyota Corolla                9:05:35,7
6 Solberg                Ford Focus                9:26:28,2
7 Rovanpera                Seat WRC                9:40:08,4
8 Dor                        Suabru Impreza                 9:41:38,2
9 Al-Wahaibi                Mit. Carisma GT                10:05:09,0
10 Climent                Mit. Lancer                10:08:24,2

Group N:

1 Al-Wahaibi                Mit. Carisma GT                10:05:09,0
2 Climent                Mit. Lancer                10:08:24,2
3 Miyoshi                Subaru Impreza                10:42:00,8

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Competitive Section Winners:

CS 10 Didier Auriol, Toyota Corolla CS 11 Ian Duncan, Toyota Corolla CS 12 Tommi Makinen, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI CS 13 Tommi Makinen, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI

Overall Section Winners: Burns - 3, Sainz - 2, Makinen - 4, Auriol -1, Duncan - 1, Kankkunen - 1

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CS 10, Lenkili - Il Bisel 113,41 km

Notes: Deviations, narrow tracks and plenty of washaways all the way to Selengei. There are some nice scenic views in this area - ideal photographic country. Once past Selengei, it gets smoother, wider and faster before reverting to twisty and narrow road again.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol                Toyota Corolla                1:00:22,4
2 Makinen                Mit. Lancer VI                1:00:23,1
3 Sainz                        Toyota Corolla                1:00:50,7
4 Duncan                Toyota Corolla                1:01:43,2
5 Liatti                Seat WRC                1:02:43,3
6 McRae                        Ford Focus                1:02:51,7

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CS 11, Isinya - Orien 116,83 km

Notes: A long section over the Kapiti Plains. The initial part of this section, over black cotton soil, is bumpy and rutty largely due to the lorries that ply this portion headed for a nearby quarry. It smoothens thereafter, narrowing in places but over open plains all the way to Mororo, the intersection of roads leading to Sultan Hamud and Kajiado. From Mororo to the Orien branch-off, its all very high speed stuff on a wide, smooth road. The road then gets narrower and twistier as one near Orien.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Duncan                Toyota Corolla                50:22,7
2 Makinen                Mit. Lancer VI                50:36,6
3 Auriol                Toyota Corolla                50:37,6
4 Rovanpera                Seat WRC                51:11,5
5 Sainz                        Toyota Corolla                51:11,9
6 McRae                        Ford Focus                52:52,8

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CS 12, Olooloitikosh - Kajiado 49,06 km

Notes: The opening bits of this section are relatively straight and, consequently, fast too. However, there are rutty segments with very high centre ridges and some rocky washaways. The surface smoothens and road widens open past the junction that leads to the famous Corner Baridi. The landscape here is stark and windswept - and relatively very bare. The cars descend from around 5000 to 2000 ft once past the radio mast that sits half-way through.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Makinen                Mit. Lancer VI                22:59,7
2 Sainz                        Toyota Corolla                23:26,1
3 Auriol                Toyota Corolla                24:29,8
4 McRae                        Ford Focus                24:59,2
5 Duncan                Toyota Corolla                25:16,5

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CS 13, Cheetah Anza - Cheetah Isha 2,42km

Notes: The first time a head-to-head super competitive has been run on the Safari. The Jamhuri Park will host both super competitives. This is an excellent site with good natural banking. The stage is pretty tight, but generally smooth with a spectacular bridge crossing and some vicious dips.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Makinen                Mit. Lancer VI                1:56,9
1 Sainz                        Toyota Corolla                1:56,9
3 Rovanpera                Seat WRC                1:58,2
3 Dor                        Suabru Impreza                 1:58,2
5 Auriol                Toyota Corolla                2:03,0
8 McRae                        Ford Focus                2:09,9
        
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"Cynan 'Dusty' Rhodes" <cynan@harvestroad.com.au>

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Series WRC
Drivers Tommi Makinen , Colin McRae , Didier Auriol , Petter Solberg , Nicky Grist