to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 7 - Arezzo
to Ancona (Car ferry to Greece)
LEAD - McANDREW MENACES
The day's challenge started early today
with the first stage just 8kms from the HQ hotel. The famous
Alpi di Poti stage used on the San Remo rally has been part
of the legend of world championship rallying for many years.
Seventeen sinuous kilometres long and the
shiny white blonde gravel over hairpins exposing sheer drops
into distant valleys have claimed the honour and ego of many
of the world stars over the years.
Today was no exception; the Alpi added a
new name to its honour roll of victims. Kiwi Nelson Marshall
went off in a big way reshaping the roof, windscreen and bodywork
of his bright yellow Capri giving it a limping gait for the
rest of the day.
Jimmy McRae won the first stage at a canter.
The second run over the stage saw the hard chargers making
better times having memorised some of the tricky turns and
the less brave treating the shiny gravel with even more respect.
Predictably Joe McAndrew was the hard charger
fully 15 seconds ahead of McRae and Shane Murland who tied
for second place.
That now gives McRae a 1m 31 second lead
over the menacing McAndrew.
At the end of the day the mustering point
was the Ancona ferry port to catch the Anek Line's overnight
ferry to Greece. And you don't need to be told that with 150
rallymen on board there was a degree of ribald chat around
the bar. more...
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