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Old 08-19-2000, 02:35 PM   #1
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That really blows. Trying too hard I guess. At least nobody was hurt.

Anybody know the standings now? Gronholm really has a shot at this thing.

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Old 08-19-2000, 03:59 PM   #2
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the standings are posted above; at the end of the article.
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Old 08-20-2000, 01:29 AM   #3
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Post Burns out of Rally Finland:

End of Leg 2
Saturday, 19th August 2000

A dramatic start to today's second leg south of Jyvaskyla tore the
heart out of the battle for victory and left Finland's Marcus
Gronholm with what seemed to be an invincible lead over Harri
Rovanpera and Colin McRae. Toni Gardemeister, Richard Burns and
Freddy Loix all retired between the restart and the end of the day's
first stage, turning Gronholm's narrow overnight lead into a much
more comfortable advantage.

Not surprisingly rally leader Marcus Gronholm breathed a big sigh
of relief at the end of today's first stage as his closest rival
retired. However, while the Peugeot team inherited an extra 30
seconds advantage with Burns' retirement, Gronholm can't relax for
one moment. “It is important now to keep my rhythm and concentrate
on reaching the finish tomorrow,” he said. “It's a shame that Richard
crashed because I was enjoying the battle between us.” Peugeot second
nominated driver, Sebastian Lindholm, reported problems with the
turbocharger at the end of SS15 and lies in fifth place.

Carlos Sainz started the day running eleventh on the road after being
re-seeded overnight by the stewards but the Spaniard was really in an
overall position of 30th, having dropped to 110th at one point
yesterday. His day as a Ford test driver didn't get off to a good
start as he rolled in the opening stage but, unlike many of his rivals,
was able to continue. “It was a bit stupid really,” he confessed. “I
dropped the back of the car into the ditch at a slow speed and it
just rolled over. The car looks bad but it's running OK.” Team-mate
Colin McRae was promoted to third after Burns' retirement and he has
seemingly opted for a cautious approach. “With Richard out it's better
for me to stay on the safe side and try to ensure I score points. If
you look at the tyre tracks from Marcus and Harri you can see that
they are still trying very, very hard. I thought it was going to be
quite easy to pass Harri but he's proving too tenacious for me to
take any big chances.”

Freddy Loix was among several drivers to retire from the event on
the opening stage today. The Belgian nosed his Carisma off the road
after misjudging the required pace over a jump but got going again,
only to collide with a rock a few kilometres later. The radiator was
damaged and without coolant there was no chance for him to continue
in the event. Team leader Tommi Makinen should have benefited from
Burns' retirement but instead took too soft a tyre for the first
three stages and was unable to capitalise on his rival's misfortune.

Toni Gardemeister completed yesterday's first leg in tenth place
with the new SEAT Cordoba WRC E3, but he didn't get as far as the
first service park today. With just 500m of the 105kms run out to
Halli to go the SEAT stopped. “There was no pressure to the fuel
pumps,” said the young Finn. “It was a really stupid problem.” Team
director Vicente Aguilera said that an electronic fault had caused
the fuel pumps to stop working and was related to a problem that
began before yesterday's final stage. “With no service after last
night's stage we could not solve it until the car got to Halli this
morning,” he explained. There was better news today for Didier Auriol,
whose car was now handling as it should after a dreadful opening leg.

Alister McRae had his centre differential changed as a precaution
at the lunchtime service today, after it had started to become noisy.
Kenneth Eriksson felt that the car wasn't getting the maximum power
output but otherwise everything was fine in the team. Co-driver
Staffan Parmander was thoroughly enjoying himself. “This is one
event where the notes have to be absolutely right,” he said. “It
gives co-driving an extra dimension.”

A fifth gear bend immediately after the flying finish of today's
first stage claimed Richard Burns and will almost certainly lead to
him losing the FIA World Championship lead for the first time since
he moved ahead in Portugal. Burns completed the stage without problem
but in the tricky braking area before the stop line, Burns lost
control of the Subaru and rolled into the trees. The crew emerged
shaken but with no serious injuries although the car was far too
badly damaged to continue. “We had the corner down as a flat right
that tightens and that's exactly what it was. I was just going too
fast to get round it.” Burns tried everything to slow the car in the
fractions of a second available but it rolled several times in a 70
metre stretch of road. Fastest times on SS13 (his first of the event)
and SS15 for Juha Kankkunen promoted the veteran Finn to fifth place
and then fourth but he was still nearly a minute adrift of the leader.
However, just as he began to look as though he could improve even
further he punctured on Ouninpohja and it took so long to change the
wheel that he dropped to 13th.

Other teams
Harri Rovanpera believes that there is no way that can catch Marcus
Gronholm and is now concentrating on staying ahead of Colin McRae
for second place. Markko Martin lost his place in the top 10 when
he went off for four minutes on SS12 after collecting his second
puncture of the day. Yuuso Pikalisto leads the Group N, where Jouko
Puhakka retired from second after a track rod broke and folded the
right front wheel under the car on stage 12. After stage 17 Abdullah
Bakhashab leads the FIA Teams' Cup classification for Toyota Team
Saudi Arabia.

Tyre facts

Michelin is clearly pleased with the performance of its products in
the changeable conditions that survivors have had to face during
today's second leg. Continuing to use the Michelin ZA pattern, as he
did on Day 1, Marcus Grönholm has been able to control from in front,
while Michelin's partners fill the top 6 places after SS17. Michelin
also provisionally leads in Group N with Paasonen (Mitsubishi-Michelin),
while the showing of French privateer Olivier Marty - competing for
the first time and currently leading the highly competitive A6 class
with his Peugeot-Michelin 106 - cannot be overlooked. After SS17,
Michelin partners have set five scratch times today with three different

Although Juha Kankkunen set two fastest times during the day (using
both the K and KM pattern tyres) it was outside influences that
determined the overall performance of the leading Pirelli crews today.
Richard Burns was denied the chance to challenge Marcus Gronholm for
the lead and Kankkunen's bid to reach the podium was dashed with a rare
puncture on the Ouninpohja stage this afternoon.


Unofficial Results at the end of Leg 2

1 Gronholm Peugeot 206 2:24:33,0
2 Rovanpera Seat Cordoba 2:25:29,2
3 McRae Ford Focus 2:25:46,1
4 Makinen Mitsu Lancer 2:25:58,8
5 Lindholm Peugeot 206 2:26:09,3
6 Delecour Peugeot 206 2:27:22,3
7 Auriol Seat Cordoba 2:28:19,8
8 Hagstrom Toyota Corolla 2:28:34,3
9 A.McRae Hyundai Accent 2:29:12,1
10 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 2:30:15,0

Group N
1 Paasonen Mitsu Carisma 2:34:24,3
2 Pykälistö Mitsu Carisma 2:35:13,9
3 Stohl Mitsu Lancer 2:36:16,3

Teams Cup
1 Bakhashab Toyota Corolla 2:44:51,1
Toyota Team Saudi Arabia
2 Dor Subaru Impreza 2:48:42,6
F Dor Rally Team


Stage Winners

SS11 - Gronholm, SS12 - Lindholm, SS13 - Kankkunen, SS14 - McRae,
SS15 - Kankkunen, SS16 - Gronholm, SS17 - Gronholm, SS18 - Gronholm


Leading Retirements

Burns - Accident
Loix - Mechanical
Gardemeister - Mechanical
Solberg - Accident
Laukkanen - Mechanical
Tuohino - Accident
Puhakka - Steering
Ipatti - Engine Failure
Menzi - Accident


SS 11 Juupajoki 30.34 km
1st Car: 08:07

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time

1 Gronholm Peugeot 206 15:13,8
2 Burns Subaru Impreza 15:18,6
3 Martin Toyota Corolla 15:24,4
4 McRae Ford Focus 15:25,2
5 Lindholm Peugeot 206 15:25,8


SS 12 Vastila 17.43 km
1st Car: 09:25

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time

1 Lindholm Peugeot 206 8:21,7
2 Gronholm Peugeot 206 8:22,7
3 Rovanpera Seat Cordoba 8:23,9
4 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 8:25,9
5 Sainz Ford Focus 8:26,4


SS 13 Paijalala 12.81 km
1st Car: 10:00

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time

1 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 6:07,0
2 Gronholm Peugeot 206 6:09,6
3 Rovanpera Seat Cordoba 6:10,8
4 Lindholm Peugeot 206 6:11,6
5 Sainz Ford Focus 6:12,1


SS 14 Ehikki 1 19.08 km
1st Car: 11:56

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time

1 McRae Ford Focus 9:30,2
2 Gronholm Peugeot 206 9:31,7
3 Lindholm Peugeot 206 9:33,1
4 Makinen Mitsu Lancer 9:33,2
5 Rovanpera Seat Cordoba 9:33,7


SS 15 Leustu 1 23.58 km
1st Car: 12:59

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time

1 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 11:47,1
2 Rovanpera Seat Cordoba 11:48,7
3 Makinen Mitsu Lancer 11:49,1
4 Gronholm Peugeot 206 11:49,8
5 McRae Ford Focus 11:52,2


SS 16 Ouninpohja 1 34.21 km
1st Car: 15:06

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time

1 Gronholm Peugeot 206 16:29,1
2 Rovanpera Seat Cordoba 16:38,0
3 Makinen Mitsu Lancer 16:40,6
4 Lindholm Peugeot 206 16:42,9
5 McRae Ford Focus 16:44,8


SS 17 Vaheri 1 25.43 km
1st Car: 16:09

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time

1 Gronholm Peugeot 206 12:25,2
2 Makinen Mitsu Lancer 12:27,7
3 McRae Ford Focus 12:28,1
4 Sainz Ford Focus 12:29,0
5 Rovanpera Seat Cordoba 12:31,8


SS 18 Killeri 1 2.23 km
1st Car: 20:04

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time

1 Gronholm Peugeot 206 1:08,7
2 Rovanpera Seat Cordoba 1:09,0
3 McRae Ford Focus 1:09,5
4 Makinen Mitsu Lancer 1:09,7
4 Kankkunen Subaru Impreza 1:09,7

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