to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 9 - Thessaloniki
to Alexandroupoli (Greece)
IT'S ALL GREEK
TO THE KIWIS
Thirty five minutes of hard core gravel
racing over three of the famous Halkidiki stages was the Sunday
treat for competitors.
And again it was an all Kiwi day. Two stage
victories went to McAndrew and one to Shane Murland in their
Rally leader Jimmy McRae had a stone shatter
part of his brake calliper and he limped brakeless to the
stage finish. He clamped the brake pipe closed with a pair
of pliers and continued into the final stage. "It didn't really
want to stop, which was a bit of problem in these flat out
fifth gear stages," he said.
With the Hondas in full flight sounding
like Zorba the Greek on fast forward Jimmy's lead was chopped
by a minute. He now has just 36 seconds advantage over McAndrew
who is also in full fast forward mode.
The front end of the field is colour me
Japanese, of the first seven cars the only interloper is the
classic British Escort of Simon Glover. The other six are
the 3-car Honda and Toyota team cars.
But yesterday it could have been a different
story. Graham Lorimer was sitting having a leisurely cup of
coffee before a stage start. What are you doing there, asked
a fellow competitor, you're due to start in three minutes.
Lorimer bolted and just made the start. Co-driver Nick Starkey
had forgotten to adjust watches to take in the one hour time
difference between Italy and Greece.
Starkey is just beginning to recover from
competitors grinning and pointing at their wrists as they
Nelson Marshall is still in limping mode,
his Capri officially out of the competition with a badly damaged
roll cage that no longer meets the safety requirements. more...
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