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Acropolis Rally standings after Leg 1

Round 8 of the World Rally Championship Acropolis Rally 1998 End of Leg 1 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Unofficial results and of Leg 1: 1 Richard Burns/ Robert Reid Lancer Evo 5 ...

Round 8 of the World Rally Championship Acropolis Rally 1998

End of Leg 1

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Unofficial results and of Leg 1:

1 Richard Burns/ Robert Reid Lancer Evo 5 1.18.28.2 2 Colin McRae/ Nicky Grist Impreza WRC 1.18.30.6 3 Didier Auriol/ Denis Giraudet Corolla WRC 1.18.39.9 4 Piero Liatti/ Fabrizia Pons Impreza WRC 1.18.48.1 5 Juha Kankkunen/ Juha Repo Escort WRC 1.18.54.4 6 Freddy Loix/ Sven Smeets Corolla WRC 1.18.59.8 7 Carlos Sainz/ Luis Moya Corolla WRC 1.19.16.7 8 Uwe Nittel/ Tina Thorner Charisma GT 1.19.24.1 9 Rui Madiera/ Nuno Da Silva Corolla WRC 1.21.42.8 10 Leonidas Kirkos/John Stavropoulos Escort WRC 1.22.16.1

Formula 2:

1 Harri Rovanpera/ Risto Pietilanen SEAT Ibiza 1.24.41.1 2 Oriol Gomez/ Marc Marti SEAT Ibiza 1.25.15.9 3 Mark Higgins/ Philip Mills Nissan ALmera 1.25.36.5 4 Pavel Sibera/ Petr Gross Skoda Octavia 1.25.49.4

Group N:

1 Manfred Stohl/ Peter Muller Lancer Evo 3 1.25.15.6 2 Hamed Al Wahaibi/ Terry Harryman Lancer Evo 4 1.26.16.3 3 Goustavo Trelles/ Martin Christie Lancer Evo 5 1.26.25.2 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes: - Tommi Makinen retires after first stage with an electrical failure. - Bruno Thiry dominates the event until cruelly outed by engine failure. - SS2 sees three cars start the stage and then is cancelled due to too many spectators and their cars. - Radstrom stops with transmission failure 400m from the end of SS4. - Richard Burns/ Robert Reid lead at the end of the leg after winning only one stage!

Weather: Sunny, dry, about 28 degrees C. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Stage Details:

Start Sunday 7th June 1998:

Leg 1:

Stage: Location: Length (km): Car 1 due:

ACROPOLIS 8.30 1 Pateras 22.29 10.03 2 Skourta 20.65 11.06 3 Marlboro Pili 20.11 12.26 4 Thiva 18.29 13.09 5 Evangelistria 22.74 15.28 6 Livadia 11.40 16.47 7 Kaarakollithos 16.70 17.18 DELPHI IN 19.53 Leg 1: 132.18km ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Stage Winners:

SS1 - Thiry, SS2 N/R, SS3 - Kankkunen, SS4 - McRae, SS5 - Auriol, SS6 - Burns. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

SS1 - Pateras: 22.29km - 10.03h car 1.

Notes: -Makinen retires at service after stage after dropping to second last place after an electrical failure. -Wayne Bell/ Iain Stewart retire the Hyundai Coupe with mechanical failure, however Eriksson/ Parmander are quickest F2 in the other team car.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Thiry/ Prevot Escort WRC 14.02.6 2 MaRae/ Grist Impreza WRC 14.07.5 3 Liatti/ Pons Impreza WRC 14.12.0 4 Burns/ Reid Charisma GT 14.12.6 5 Nittell/ Thorner Charisma GT 14.13.7 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

SS2 - Skourta: 20.65km - 11.06km car1.

Cancelled due to spectator numbers and their cars. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

SS3 - Pili: 20.11km - 12.16h car 1:

Notes: -17 minute delay in starting stage. -Sainz makes better progress on this stage. -Second quickest time for Ford, this time for Kankkunen/ Repo.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Kankkunen/ Repo Escort WRC 12.43.1 2 Liatti/ Pons Impreza WRC 12.47.0 3 Burns/ Reid Charisma GT 12.47.6 4 Auriol/ Giraudet Corolla WRC 12.47.6 5 Sainz/ Moya Corolla WRC 12.47.9 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

SS4 - Thiva: 18.29km - 13.09h car 1:

Notes: -Radstrom retires 400m from finish with total transmission failure. -Loix/ Smeets spin in stage, running ninth outright.

1 Thiry/ Prevot Escort WRC 14.49.8 2 Sainz/ Moya Corolla WRC 14.50.5 3 Burns/ Reid Charisma GT 14.50.8 4 Liatti/ Pons Impreza WRC 14.57.0 5 Auriol/ Giraudet Corolla WRC 14.57.6 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

SS5 - Evangelistria: 22,74km - 15.28h car 1:

Notes: -Thiry/ Prevot retire - as in Argentina the engine fails. -McRae/ Grist take first no Ford fastest time.

1 McRae/ Grist Impreza WRC 17.04.0 2 Kankkunen/ Repo Escort WRC 17.05.8 3 Burns/ Reid Charisma GT 17.10.0 4 Loix/ Smeets Corolla WRC 17.11.8 5 Auriol/ Giraudet Corolla WRC 17.14.1

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SS6 - Livadia: 11.40km - 16.17h car 1:

Notes:

-Auriol takes fastest time for Toyota while Burns takes the lead over McRae by 0.1 of a sec!

1 Auriol/ Giraudet Corolla WRC 9.20.9 2 Loix/ Smeets Corolla WRC 9.25.0 3 McRae/ Grist Impreza WRC 9.30.5 4 Kankkunen/ Repo Escort WRC 9.31.8 5 Burns/ Reid Charisma GT 9.34.9 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

SS7 - Karakolithos: 16.70km - 17.18h car 1:

Notes: -Kankkune slides down the order a little while Auriol continues his charge. -Burns extends his lead slightly in the GB and outright battle.

1 Burns/ Reid Charisma GT 9.52.7 2 Aurio/ Giraudet Corolla WRC 9.53.0 3 Loix/ Smeets Corolla WRC 9.53.7 4 McRae/ Grist Impreza WRC 9.55.0 5 Liatti/ Pons Impreza WRC 9.59.3 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Leg 2 - Monday, 8th June:

Leg 2:

DELPHI OUT 8.00 8 Karoutes 1 28.61 8.42 9 Stromi-Inohori 1 22.49 10.05 10 Drimea 1 25.14 11.58 11 Pavliani 1 24.83 13.01 12 Gravia 1 27.22 14.57 DEPHI IN 17.49 Leg 2: 128.29km

260.47km total

Neil Blackbourn

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Series WRC
Drivers Tommi Makinen , Colin McRae , Carlos Sainz , Freddy Loix , Mark Higgins , Richard Burns , Harri Rovanpera , Didier Auriol , Philip Mills , Juha Kankkunen , Robert Reid , Luis Moya , Nicky Grist , Manfred Stohl , Fabrizia Pons , Tina Thorner , Marc Marti , Denis Giraudet , Piero Liatti , Juha Repo , Sven Smeets , Iain Stewart , Peter Muller , Uwe Nittel