to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 5 - Gap to
A NEW FASTEST MAN
- SHANE MURLAND
Kiwis are flightless birds. But today Kiwi
Shane Murland really flew over the 20 km Monte Carlo rally
stage to clock fastest time in his Honda to beat team boss
Joe McAndrew by five seconds.
Mike Montgomery in another of the Kiwi Hondas
moved himself into second place behind Jimmy McRae who now
holds a 38 second lead. McAndrew's time over the famous stage
has moved from 8th yesterday to 5th today.
The action in that front group is fast and
furious with Simon Glover's Escort now the only classic in
the top six.
Kiwis seem to be monopolising the news
today. Nelson Marshall in his Capri had a whoopsie, speared
off into a field and finished up straddling a hay bale. He
rejoined quickly and totally confused Joe McAndrew. "I started
behind him and he came into the finish behind me and I can't
remember passing him," said a bemused Joe.
Today was a day for catch-ups and dropouts.
Paul Shaver in his American-built Honda is waiting in Rheims
for a courier to deliver a replacement electronic control
unit and plans to make a dash to catch the event before Turkey.
Sadly Keith and Mary Ann Callinan's smoking
V8 engine cried enough in a big way so they are taking the
Monaro to Marseilles to put in on a boat to send it home to
Fellow Aussies Mark and Rosina Lauke stopped
at the Italian border and when it came to restart the gearbox
refused to function. A replacement unit is being sent out
from the UK and they plan to fit it and go hot foot across
country to rejoin the event and catch the ferry to Greece.
out daily reports:
June to 4th July 2004 day by day