World Rally Championship: Round 5 - Spain Rally of Spain FIA World Rally Championship - Round 5 20-22 April 1998 Entrant: 555 Subaru World Rally Team Crews: Colin McRae/Nicky Grist Subaru Impreza 555 WRC98...
World Rally Championship: Round 5 - Spain Rally of Spain FIA World Rally Championship - Round 5 20-22 April 1998
Entrant: 555 Subaru World Rally Team
Crews: Colin McRae/Nicky Grist Subaru Impreza 555 WRC98 Piero Liatti/Fabrizia Pons Subaru Impreza 555 WRC98
Team Manager: John Spiller Information Stage Surface Tarmac Event distance 1,472.08 km Competitive distance 400.71 km Competitive Stages / Legs 19 / 3 Base Lloret de Mar Time difference GMT +1hr ABOUT SPAIN * The rally takes place mainly around Barcelona, the capital of the province of Catalonia in the Spanish northeast. * Catalonia is one of the most prosperous regions of Spain and blessed with rich farmland, pastures and woods. Corn, wheat, rye, flax and various fruits and primary crops, and nuts such as almonds and walnuts are also cultivated. TERRAIN AND CLIMATE * The rally runs through the mountains on tarmac roads and takes place in typical spring weather for southern Europe. THE DRIVERS LIKE... * The well-scheduled recces that enable the team to practice each stage three times. * The fact that the organisers oversee recces, ensuring equal practice time for all competitors. * The overall organisation of the event. ...AND DISLIKE * The sheer volume of spectators and their erratic and fanatical approach to spectating! While their enthusiasm and support is fantastic, it can make it quite dangerous. ABOUT THE 1998 RALLY OF SPAIN * The event is be based in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava, and will be host to the start and finish for the three Legs. * The Rally of Spain is contested entirely over asphalt. * Spain received the 'Rally of the Year' award in 1996 for being the most improved event in the World Rally Championship. * In 1997 the rally won the same award for meeting the highest standards in route, safety, organisation, PR, promotion, TV coverage and co-operation with the teams. * The rally retains the same format as in previous years and will pass through areas of Barcelona and Tarragona Provinces. * The first Rally de Catalunya was held in 1957. It finally succeeded in becoming part of the World Championship in1991. THE MEDIA * Canal + is the official television channel and has been supporting the rally for the last three years. * The experience of their 100 television experts made it possible to undertake two live action broadcasts from the stages, and the finish in 1997. * The Rally of Spain received 13 hours of television news during the event. * The RACC Rally of Spain internet site was visited 197,661 times during the three days of competition.