China Rally Subaru Review

HISTORIC SECOND CONSECUTIVE 1-2 FOR 555 SUBARU Final Information from the 555 China Rally - 22 June, 17:42 +0700 In the shadow of the world's greatest man-made structure - the Great Wall of China - the 555 Subaru World Rally...

HISTORIC SECOND CONSECUTIVE 1-2 FOR 555 SUBARU Final Information from the 555 China Rally - 22 June, 17:42 +0700 In the shadow of the world's greatest man-made structure - the Great Wall of China - the 555 Subaru World Rally Team swept the board with a convincing one-two victory in the second World Championship format 555 China Rally. 1995 World Rally Champion and current World series leader, Colin McRae, and co-driver Nicky Grist romped to a convincing victory on the mountainous stages in Huairou County, north of Beijing. Team-mates Piero Liatti and Fabrizia Pons put in a fine performance and, but for a broken rear drive-shaft on leg 2, could well have traded their second position for outright victory. Under new FIA regulations this year, drivers not registered for the full Asia-Pacific Rally Championship are unable to score, hence McRae and Liatti do not pick up the maximum points. In the Manufacturers' Cup, the same situation applies. "To win for a second time is great and the experience we have gained over the last two years will be an enormous benefit to us if the event is included in the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship," said Colin. "Like everyone, we've had our own share of problems in this rally and there was never really a point when we could relax because Piero was on exactly the same pace as us. Now we can look forward to a bit of a rest before the next round in New Zealand, which is a round of both the World and Asia-Pacific Rally Championships. It's an event I really enjoy and have a good record on, so hopefully we'll be able to add victory there to our Acropolis and China wins to get three in a row this year." Team-mates Piero Liatti and Fabrizia Pons maintained their second position today and, but for a disappointing loss of time yesterday, the result could well have been in Piero's favour. Commenting on his second position in his debut outing in China, the Italian said: "We have had a good time in China and are delighted with the result, both for us and the 555 Subaru World Rally Team. It is a very important rally for the team and to have a one-two result is a real reward." Adding to the 555 Subaru drivers' comments, Rally Team Director John Spiller said: "Obviously we are delighted with the result. The drivers have done an excellent job but the result reflects not only their efforts, but also those of the whole team. After a hectic six months we can now recharge the batteries for New Zealand where hopefully we will consolidate our lead in both the Drivers' and Manufacturers' World Championships." The third round of the 1998 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship takes the 555 Subaru World Rally Team to New Zealand (24-27August), where they will be joined by the regular World Championship contenders as the event qualifies for both series. New Zealand is "McRae Territory" and with three victories from four attempts, the Scot is on course for a trio of consecutive victories this season. DRIVER CAR TOTAL TIME DIFF STAGES WON 1 Colin McRae Subaru Impreza 555 WRC98 4.29.44.4 1,4,9,12,13,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22 2 Piero Liatti Subaru Impreza 555 WRC98 4.31.44.8 2.00.4 2,3,5,6,7,11,14 3 Yoshio Fujimoto Toyota Celica GT-4 4.45.52.6 16.08.2 4 Yoshihiro Kataoka Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III 4.52.35.8 22.51.4 8,10 5 Lu Ningjun Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV (GpN) 5.08.52.7 39.08.3 6 Chan Chi Wah Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V (GpN) 5.11.14.4 41.30.0 7 Wong Yau Kwan Subaru Impreza 555 (GpN) 5.12.05.8 42.21.4 8 Ren Zhi Guo Peugeot 106 Rallye (GpN) 5.33.41.7 1.03.57.3 9 Sing Fui On Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III (GpN) 5.34.16.3 1.04.31.9 10 Yang Rong Ning Peugeot 106 Rallye (GpN) 5.41.12.6 1.11.28.2

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Series Other rally
Drivers Colin McRae , Nicky Grist , Fabrizia Pons , Piero Liatti , Lu Ningjun