to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 17 - Mysore
to Cochin (India)
OUT OF INDIA -
JIMMY LEADS BUT JOE CLOSES THE GAP
Jimmy McRae lead the survivors of the Indian
leg into Cochin after a pair of tarmac stages watched by spectators
on the balconies of the Maharajas' palace.
The contest between him and Joe McAndrew
carried on at full monte pace, both of them fully extended
as they flicked and pitched through the turns and dips for
a sweaty 15 minutes of full-on racing.
Joe took the first stage by a five second
margin from Jimmy and repeated his stage win on the second
one with a three second margin.
So Jimmy McRae has the kudos of going into
Australia as the rally leader. "It' will be a whole different
event once we get there," said Jimmy. "Longer tougher gravel
stages that may well suit the bigger V8s so the Aussies tell
me. They reckon that our little light modern cars won't cope
with the outback. It's going to be fun, I'm looking forward
Richard Martin-Hurst is in a handy 8th place
in his V8 Capri Perana, a car well suited the rugged outback
terrain. Fellow Brit Anthony Ward in his Mk1 Escort sits quietly
in 6th place no doubt quietly wondering just how long the
hard charging modern GpN cars in front of him maintain their
Before the cars can be loaded onto the giant
Russian Antonovs they must be inspected by two Australian
quarantine officers and passed as 'zero tolerance' clean.
The next two days will be spent with high pressure hoses,
vacuum cleaners and polishing rags making sure they do comply.
Then it's an airlift into Darwin for both
the cars and the driver who are then faced with a 1400km drive
down to Alice Springs. "Good serious marathon men's stuff
this," said American Paul Shaver.
The rally restarts at Ayers Rock on the
morning of June 27th. There will be no more news stories or
results until that evening.more...
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