to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 8 - Igoumenitsa
to Thessaloniki (Greece)
A McRAE DOUBLE
The fierce rivalry continues unabated between
the rival Honda and Toyota teams. McRae scored two stage wins,
the first by four seconds ahead of McAndrew and the second
stage by a scant single second.
And this is marathon rallying where victory
and second place is counted in single seconds. Stirring stuff.
Graham Lorimer holds third in his Toyota
while Mike Montgomery sits on his tail in another of the Hondas
while Steve Blunt in another Toyota sits quietly in fifth
How close is that with the order being -
Toyota-Honda-Toyota-Honda-Toyota. The first three classics
sit in 6th, 7th and 8th places.
The overnight ferry discharged its combatants
into the land of the Olympics midst banners slung across small
town streets welcoming the London-Sydney. Out in the remote
villages the rally was more in evidence that the Olympics.
The Mayor and most of the town turned out
in Thessaloniki to welcome the event. Flags and bunting fluttered
on the harbourside where a special enclosure had been built
to contain the 70 cars.
Welcome returnees who made it to the ferry
were Paul Shaver in his Honda and Mark and Rosina Laucke in
their 911 Porsche.
Laucke had speared across country from Genova
after effecting repairs to his gearbox and Shaver had fitted
a new electronic brain to his American-built Honda having
been stranded in Rheims for three days. more...
out daily reports:
June to 4th July 2004 day by day