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28th Rally of New Zealand. Official Site: http://www.rallynz.org.nz/index.htm Unofficial Site: http://www.sportsweb.co.nz/rally98/ -------------------------------------------------------------- Contents [Excerts from WRC team press ...

28th Rally of New Zealand. Official Site: http://www.rallynz.org.nz/index.htm Unofficial Site: http://www.sportsweb.co.nz/rally98/ --------------------------------------------------------------


[Excerts from WRC team press releases] [1998 FIA World Rally Championship Standings] [Subscribe/Unsubscribe Details] [Reference Sites and further information]

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Toyota http://www.tte.de

"I'm delighted for myself, for Didier (Auriol) and for the whole team," said a beaming Sainz on the finish podium. "To set a new record of WRC wins is very important, but it is just as nice to score victory at this point in the championship after some less fortunate results. The fight was fantastic all the time and a fair one."

Auriol second place moved him up to fourth in the FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers. "Being the first car on the road when the stages became dry was definitely a disadvantage," said the Frenchman, but I tried my best to the very end and I'm pleased to be back in the fight for the title."


Mitsubishi http://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.jp/motorsports/

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver Tommi Makinen revived his hopes of a third consecutive World Rally Championship by finishing an excellent third on the Rally New Zealand, the ninth round of the 1998 World Rally Championship, while Yoshihiro Kataoka strengthened his hold on the Asia-Pacific Championship with eighth place in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

British crew Richard Burns and Robert Reid looked to have a good chance of winning, but were unlucky to roll their Mitsubishi Carisma GT on the first stage of the morning. They stormed back to a creditable ninth place. "I'm pleased that we were up there setting good times, but of course I'm disappointed not to get the result the team deserved," said Burns.


Subaru http://press.supremeracing.com (media only)

Fastest time in the first stage of the day, the 47 km long Te Koraha, elevated McRae to third place, only 18 seconds adrift of new leader Sainz. But, on the second pass through the same section, a puncture forced the Scot to drive on a flat tyre for more than 25 kilometres and wiped out any hope of success.

"We had a great run through (the stage) the first time and we decided to lighten the car taking away the spare wheel," said McRae. "Unluckily we got a puncture and lost three minutes, but it was worth the risk."

Piero Liatti scored one point for the team, although struggling to match the leading times. "I believe our position on the road was a bit of a disadvantage," said the Italian. "After my results here in the past years, I was confident that I could be more competitive."


Ford http://www.ford.com/motorsport/3-8rally.html

Finn Juha Kankkunen finished, for the third consecutive event, in the points, keeping alive his hopes of a record fifth world title. "As the day went on the roads dried out more and more," said Kankkunen. "So the first couple of cars through the stages were sweeping the loose gravel from the road, giving us a much cleaner run."


Other Teams (from FIA press release: http://www.fia.com)

In the 2-Litre category, the Spanish manufacturer Seat, has added 16 points to its lead in the World Cup, thanks to the first place and second in the category of Finns Harri Rovanpera and Toni Gardemeister.

Australian Michael Guest won Group N, with reigning champion and championship leader, Uruguayan Gustavo Trelles, a strong second after suffering brake problems.

Swede Thomas Radstr

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Series WRC
Drivers Tommi Makinen , Richard Burns , Harri Rovanpera , Juha Kankkunen , Gustavo Trelles , Robert Reid , Toni Gardemeister , Piero Liatti , Michael Guest