to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 4 - Rodez to
IT'S A BIG McDAY
- JIMMY AND JOE REALLY FLYING
Joe McAndrew continued his furious charge
through the field recording two sensationally fast stage wins
to claw his way up to 8th place. Jimmy McRae ran hard with
second best times on both stages to elevate himself into a
comfortable 30 second lead.
What was more amazing was that on the second
stage McAndrew flew off through a fence into a field, executed
a spin turn on the grass, came back through the hole in the
fence and still recorded a mind-boggling fastest time.
Nelson Marshall in his bright yellow Capri
was less fortunate, his 'off' on the first stage left him
stranded on a hump and unable to start with a dud starter
motor. There was no question of a push start so they removed
the offending motor and fixed it. But that made them late
for the start of the second stage and they copped maximums
for both stages. A black day for the Kiwis.
While they were working on the Capri, Steve
Coad in his Astra came and parked face first into a light
pole seriously deranging his steering. Serious work and a
long night's drive looks on the cards.
Yesterday's leader Keith Callinan admitted
that today's stages wasn't really suited to two tons of brutal
V8 power and the smaller more nimble cars had the advantage;
he slipped back to 5th place.
But for the purists who follow the battle
between the classics and the mods it's worth noting that the
top ten leader board consists of five of each of them with
Simon Glover in his classic Escort keeping pressure the leader
McRae in his Toyota.
Fast flowing stages and sensational scenery
were today's highlights as the event climbed towards the Alpine
high country. Canoeists and trout fishermen pausing on river
banks to watch the cars charge through. more...
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