to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 6 - il Ciocco
AND YET ANOTHER
The four special stages today run through
tight twisty undulating Tuscany woodland produced yet another
day of sprint racing with scant seconds separating the front
But the man of the moment today was Kiwi
Mike Montgomery in one of the McAndrew Hondas who won three
of the four stages.
Brit Anthony Ward scored his first ever
marathon stage win in his classic Escort Mk 1. The differences
between wins and second and third places were just single
seconds. Stunning competition.
Italian rally organiser Lucio De Mori was
amazed at the pace. "I had no idea marathon men ran at this
speed, these men are faster and more spectacular than drivers
on two-day events. The standard of car preparation and driving
is quite special."
At the end of a hectic day Jimmy McRae maintained
his event lead but it has shrunk from 38 seconds yesterday
to just eight seconds today. With Mike Montgomery in second
and Joe McAndrew continuing his meteoric charge back through
the field now holding third place. Forget not that McAndrew
has climbed from 19th place after his big 'off' on the second
With Graham Lorimer, an ex-pat Kiwi, in
fourth place McRae said, "With three of them behind me I feel
as if New Zealand has declared war on Scotland."
South African Theo du Toit in his Porsche
911 recognisably decked out in national colours had a small
off and sustained minor damage.
Aussie Phil Hooper paired with Canadian
Terry Kingsley in the generously proportioned Leyland P76
found it tough going over the tight stages. Kingsley said,
"With no power steering and all that weight I'm sure I'm developing
arm muscles like Popeye." more...
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