to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 3 Poitiers
LEAD - McRAE MOVES TO SECOND
As the event moved south through rural France
today it was more like a sprint race than a marathon. Making
up for his 'off' yesterday that lost him the rally lead Joe
McAndrew stormed angrily through both stages to record one
fastest time and one joint fastest with Jimmy McRae.
The effort rewarded him by elevating him
from 19th place to 11th - so watch for the climb through the
field during the next few days.
Kiwi Mike Montgomery salvaged some honour
for the Honda team elevating himself to 4th place at the end
of the day behind hard charging Simon Glover's Escort.
Graham Lorimer holds on to 5th place in
his Corolla with Aussie Paul Darrouzet looming in his rear
view mirror. Darrouzet's V8 Capri Perana was driven to victory
in the 2000 London-Sydney by World Champion Stig Blomqvist
and Ben Rainsford.
Kiwis Ian Begg and Allan Dippie in their
Corolla had a drama when a fire broke out under the bonnet
in a petrol station. An electrical cable rubbed itself raw
on the battery and all it took was one spark and 'woof'. "I
was on the case with our extinguisher as a quick as flash,"
said Ian not quite meaning what he said.
Happily a following competitor provided
some replacement cable and they were soon on their way with
a couple of minutes of road penalties.
American Chip Johns, a cattle rancher from
New Mexico, carries a pair of steer's horns on his bonnet
where most people position a 'roo bar. A local gendarme took
the view that this could be a major danger should the ebullient
Chip run into a pedestrian, or even another vehicle. French
plod insisted that they be removed and stored in the boot.
So the mighty Falcon is now hornless. more...
out daily reports:
June to 4th July 2004 day by day