The International Swedish Rally 1999 Official Site: http://www.swerally.se Round 2 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 12-14 February 1999

Unofficial Final Results

Tommi Makinen has won the 1999 International Rally of Sweden.

Sainz and Auriol were both the hard chargers today - Sainz trying to catch Makinen and Auriol after Radstrom. "I feel safe with my 30 seconds." said Makinen and indeed he was with Sainz only able to catch up 12 seconds although Makinen was taking it easy. Auriol also made up over 10 seconds on Radstrom but it wasn't enough. "I can not go any faster." said Radstom "So many risks and only a few seconds to Radström." said Auriol

Burns finished a credible 5th and was happy to be in front of Kankkunen but was 5 minutes behind Auriol. It did mean there were 4 manufacturers in the top 5 finishers. Ford with their more 'conventional' water pump now also get their first podium finish. Only change from yesterday in the top 10 was Petta Solberg who spun on SS15 and allowed Bruno Thiry to move up to 10th. Further success for Mitsubishi as Puhakka wins Group N. Walfridsson and Passonen completed the Grp N Mitusbishi trio.

And disaster for Kenneth Eriksson in the Hyundai Coupe - on the last stage he had engine failure while leading Formula 2. Per Svan won in a Opel Astra Kit Car.

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Unofficial results and of Leg 3

1 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        3:29:15,6
2 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                3:29:33,7
3 Radstrom        Ford Focus                3:29:53,4
4 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                3:29:55,9
5 Burns        Subaru Imprza                        3:35:04,9
6 Kankkunen        Subaru Impreza                3:35:10,0
7 Hagstrom        Toyota Corolla                3:37:39,6
8 Martin        Ford Escort WRC                3:38:57,6
9 Loix                Mit Carisma GT                3:39:21,8
10 Solbery        Ford Escort WRC                3:39:48,9

Formula 2:

1 Svan                Opel Astra Kit Car        3:48:20,8
2 Joki                VW Golf Kit Car                3:51:20,1
3 Nilsson        Opel Astra Kit Car        3:52:10,0

Group N:

1 Puhakka                Mit Lancer Evo IV        3:44:48,5
2 Walfridsson                Mit Lancer Evo IV        3:44:49,9
3 Paasonen                Mit Carisma GT                3:46:58,7

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Stage Winners:

SS15 - Tommi Makinen, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI SS16 - Carlos Sainz, Toyota Corolla WRC SS17 - Didier Auriol, Toyota Corolla WRC SS18 - Carlos Sainz, Toyota Corolla WRC SS19 - Didier Auriol, Toyota Corolla WRC

Total Stage Wins - Makinen 9; Sainz 7; Auriol 3; Radstrom 1

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SS 15, Stromsdal 13,93km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        6:51,8
2 Radstrom        Ford Focus                6:53,8
3 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                6:54,1
3 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                6:54,1
5 Kankkunen        Subaru Impreza                6:59,0

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SS 16, Rammen1 23,81km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                12:24,6
2 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                12:26,5
3 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        12:29,5
4 Radstrom        Ford Focus                12:30,2
5 Hagstrom        Toyota Corolla                12:41,4

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SS 17, Sagen2 14,76km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                7:59,1
2 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        8:02,3
3 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                8:02,9
4 Radstrom        Ford Focus                8:03,0
5 Hagstrom        Toyota Corolla                8:11,2

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SS 18, Rammen2 23,81km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                12:22,7
2 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                12:23,1
3 Radstrom        Ford Focus                12:25,5
4 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        12:27,0
5 Hagstrom        Toyota Corolla                12:38,5

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SS19, Mangstrop 22,49km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol        Toyota Corolla                11:53,7
2 Radstrom        Ford Focus                11:55,5
3 Sainz                Toyota Corolla                12:02,0
4 Makinen        Mit Lancer Evo VI        12:08,4
5 Kankkunen        Subaru Impreza                12:14,7

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