Swedish Rally: End of Leg 1

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Swedish Rally: End of Leg 1
Feb 13, 1999, 12:19 PM

The International Swedish Rally 1999 Official Site: http://www.swerally.se Round 2 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 12-14 February 1999 Results of Leg 1 Makinen and Sainz battled each throughout today but after 8 stages, Makinen was ...

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

Results of Leg 1

Makinen and Sainz battled each throughout today but after 8 stages, Makinen was the winner and leads the Swedish Rally by 2 seconds!

Many drivers are commenting on how slippery the stages are, but as Swedish star, Thomas Radstrom describes: "Of course it is slippery, it usually is in the winter time ...!". Almost all drivers though are complaining about lack of traction and tyre/stud choice has been critical. There is also a shortage of snow in some areas and quite a few drivers have had off road excursions although there are only a few retirements. Radstrom went off in SS3 at 150km/hr doing some damage to the front end; Sebastian Lindholm retired on SS3 after ripping a wheel and suspension out; McRae hit a snowpole and broke the windscreen and then went into a ditch on the next stage; Kankkuknen went off on SS6.

Mitsubishi: Makinen is driving flat out and only slowing in places where the snow is thin so as not to do damage to the studs. Loix is 'havin fun' and learning - this is his first time on the Swedish stages.

Toyota: Sainz is driving flat out and Auriol about 90% and is not taking many risks.

Ford: Radstrom has stalled the car on the start line 3 times but it is otherwise handling well. Before he went off in SS4, he had lost a driveshaft. McRae lost 1 minute in SS4 after going off, Drivers still learning about the new Focus about about tyres for Sweden. Subaru: Kankkunen, Burns and Thiry are all struggling with a lack of grip from their tyres and are driving accordingly.

Seat had a very unfortunate day - the engine in Marcus Gronholm's Seat WRC gave up after SS1 and he was forced to retire. Also Harri Rovanpera sufferred fuel pressure problemsand did SS2 (a 30km stage) with a maximum speed of 60km/hr only. Although the problem is fixed, he is well out of contention.

Hyundai - Kenneth Eriksson has a solid 35 second lead in Formula 2.

Seven times winner of the Swedish Rally, Stig Blomqvist went off the road in SS3 and has retired.

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Unofficial results and of Leg 1:

 1 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 1:15:35,7 2 Sainz Toyota Corolla 1:15:37,4 3 Radstrom Ford Focus 1:15:57,4 4 Auriol Toyota Corolla 1:16:10,9 5 McRae Ford Focus 1:17:32,8 6 Burns Subaru Imprza 1:18:02,6 7 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 1:18:03,0 8 Hagstrom Toyota Corolla 1:18:32,1 9 Thiry Subaru Impreza 1:19:45,5 10 Solbery Ford Escort WRC 1:20:11,4 

Formula 2:

 1 Walfridsson Mit Lancer Evo IV 1:21:03,9 2 Puhakka Mit Lancer Evo IV 1:21:07,1 3 Paasonen Mit Carisma GT 1:22:07,3 

Group N:

 1 Eriksson Hyundai Coupe 1:22:04,3 2 Svan Opel Astra Kit Car 1:22:40,3 3 A.McRae Hyundai Coupe 1:22:49,7 

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Stage Winners: SS1 - Carlos Sainz, Toyota Corolla WRC SS2 - Tommi Makinen, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI SS3 - Tommi Makinen, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI SS4 - Carlos Sainz, Toyota Corolla WRC SS5 - Thomas Radstom, Ford Focus SS6 - Carlos Sainz, Toyota Corolla WRC SS7 - Carlos Sainz, Toyota Corolla WRC SS8 - Tommi Makinen, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI

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SS 1 Malta, 11.88km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Sainz Toyota Corolla 5:56,8 2 Radstrom Ford Focus 5:58,7 3 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 5:58,8 4 Auriol Toyota Corolla 6:03,0 5 McRae Ford Focus 6:06,2 

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SS 2 Sunnemo, 30.87km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 15:17,0 2 Sainz Toyota Corolla 15:19,5 3 Auriol Toyota Corolla 15:25,2 4 Radstrom Ford Focus 15:27,6 5 McRae Ford Focus 15:30,9 

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SS 3 Hamra, 30.69km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 16:30,9 2 Radstrom Ford Focus 16:34,9 3 Sainz Toyota Corolla 16:36,4 4 McRae Ford Focus 16:41,1 5 Auriol Toyota Corolla 16:43,0 

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SS 4 Torsby(Vassjon), 2.79km (was 4.00km)

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Sainz Toyota Corolla 2:13,4 2 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 2:13,9 3 Auriol Toyota Corolla 2:14,4 4 Radstrom Ford Focus 2:16,5 5 McRae Ford Focus 2:17,3 

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SS 5 Bjalverud, 21.58km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Radstrom Ford Focus 11:07,8 2 Sainz Toyota Corolla 11:08,9 3 Auriol Toyota Corolla 11:11,6 4 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 11:11,9 5 McRae Ford Focus 11:24,0 

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SS 6 Mangen, 22.09km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Sainz Toyota Corolla 12:30,8 2 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 12:33,1 3 Auriol Toyota Corolla 12:34,3 4 Radstrom Ford Focus 12:34,5 5 Burns Subaru 12:56,0 

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SS 7 Langjohanstorp, 19.44 km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Sainz Toyota Corolla 10:00,7 2 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 10:01,9 3 McRae Ford Focus 10:04,3 4 Radstrom Ford Focus 10:07,1 5 Auriol Toyota Corolla 10:09,3 

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SS 8 Kalvholmen, 2.10 km

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

 1 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 1:48,2 2 McRae Ford Focus 1:49,8 3 Auriol Toyota Corolla 1:50,1 4 Hagstrom Toyota Corolla 1:50,3 4 Radstrom Ford Focus 1:50,3 

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

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