Safari Rally 2002

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50th Inmarsat Safari Rally
http://www.safarirally.com/
Round 8 of the 2002 FIA World Rally Championship
12-14th July 2002

- Unofficial Final Results
- Championship Points
- Stage Winners
- Leading Retirements
- FIA Press Release
- Subscription Details

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UNOFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS

OUTRIGHT

1 C.McRae Ford Focus RS WRC 7:58:28,0
2 Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC 8:01:18,9
3 Radstrom Citroen Xsara WRC 8:17:06,6
4 Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 8:19:56,0
5 Loeb Citroen Xsara WRC 8:20:16,1
6 Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC 8:33:09,0
7 Kresta Skoda Octavia WRC 8:53:06,1
8 Kankkunen Hyundai Accent WRC 9:09:59,5
9 A.McRae Mitsubishi Lancer WRC 9:15:41,2
10 Singh Proton Pert 10:27:55,2


GROUP N

1 Singh Proton Pert 10:27:55,2

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CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers:
Grönholm (FIN) 37
McRae (GB) 30
Sainz (E) 23
Panizzi (F) 21
Burns (GB) 19
Rovanperä (FIN) 18
Solberg (N) 15
Mäkinen (FIN) 14
Loeb (F) 8
Others

FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers:
Peugeot 83
Ford 69
Subaru 35
Skoda 8
Mitsubishi 7
Hyundai 6

FIA Junior World Rally Championship (after 3 of 6 rounds):
Sola (E) 13
Tuohino (FIN) 12
Dallavilla (I) 12
Duval (B) 11
Caldani (I) 10
Others

FIA Production Car World Championship (after 5 of 8 rounds):
Singh (MAL) 24
Ferreyros (PE) 20
Arai (J) 12
Trelles (ROU) 12
Sohlberg (FIN) 10
Others

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COMPETITIVE STAGE (CS) WINNERS

CS10 - C.McRae, CS11 - Panizzi, CS12 - Loeb

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LEADING RETIREMENTS

CS8 Burns Peugeot 206 WRC Mechanical
CS8 Sainz Ford Focus RS WRC Oil Pump
CS8 Makinen Subaru Impreza WRC Mechanical
CS7 Eriksson Skoda Octavia WRC Gearbox

CS4 Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC Mechanical
CS4 Gardemeister Skoda Octavia WRC Suspension
CS3 Delecour Mitsubishi Lancer WRC Overheating
CS1 Gronholm Peugeot 206 WRC Engine failure
CS1 Schwarz Hyundai Accent WRC Mechanical
CS1 Loix Hyundai Accent WRC Clutch

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Extract from Official FIA Press Release
http://www.fia.com

Sunday, 14th July 2002

Ford driver Colin McRae has secured his second win in succession
in this year's FIA World Rally Championship on the eighth round of
the series, the Safari Rally, which finished in Nairobi this afternoon.
The Scot and navigator Nicky Grist brought their Focus WRC to the
finish almost three minutes ahead of Peugeot's Harri Rovanperä after
more than 1000 kilometres of competitive driving on rocky, rough
roads across the Kenyan plains.

McRae's victory was backed up by a fourth-placed finish for his young
team-mate Markko Martin. With the third-placed Citroen of Thomas
Rådström not registered for manufacturers' points, Ford narrowed Peugeot's
lead at the top of that series to 14 points. McRae himself moved up
to second place in the drivers' championship, seven points behind
leader Marcus Grönholm. The 1995 world champion also set a new
record - this was his 25th victory, taking him above Carlos Sainz
and Tommi Mäkinen on the greatest number of world rally wins.


FORD

Technical: The Focus RS WRC02 of Colin McRae has been reliable today.
Markko Martin's car lost its rear brakes for 80km of the opening
competitive section this morning.

Sporting: Overnight leader Colin McRae expected second-placed Harri
Rovanperä to charge this morning but the threat failed to materialise
as the Finn was held up by slow-clearing dust in the opening, long
competitive section. McRae then eased off in the closing sections,
using split times to measure his pace and keep his Peugeot-mounted
rival at bay and secure a record-breaking 25th world rally win.
Markko Martin, meanwhile, lost some time this morning when his rear
brakes failed on this morning's opening section. The Estonian was
struggling in the test anyway, because navigator Michael Park had
taken the wrong pacenotes into the car for the test. Martin
completed the 106km driving only on what he could remember from
the previous run through. He had no problems thereafter, though,
and he finished in fourth overall to score third-placed manufacturers'
points for Ford.

Quotes: Colin McRae said: "It's good to get another victory and it's
nice to have the record, but championships are what it's all about
and this has helped us to close the gap on Marcus Grönholm. I always
felt quite comfortable with my pace here and that's the key to winning
the Safari. Even if Harri had charged this morning, I was prepared to
stay at the same speed, because I thought he'd have a problem if he
pushed any harder. I'm really pleased for the whole team, because
everyone's worked really hard to maintain reliability here."

Markko Martin: "I'm pleased to get to the finish and get the
experience that I wanted here. It's been a tough event, and it
certainly wasn't easy driving this morning's opening section without
pacenotes, but I've learnt a lot about how you have to pace yourself
here. The car's been great, with hardly any problems at all, so it's
good to score points for the team."

Ford World Rally Team Director Malcolm Wilson said: "This has to be
the most mature, controlled drive of Colin's career. He made it look
quite easy, in fact. He found a good pace from the start and didn't
get drawn into a battle or taking any more risks. I'm delighted for
him and Nicky, and also for Markko and Michael (Park), who put in an
excellent performance."


PEUGEOT

Technical: Harri Rovanperä's 206 WRC has been reliable today. Gilles
Panizzi, meanwhile, suffered with dust in the car on this morning's
opening section after he hit a bird and damaged his roof air scoop.
Panizzi's navigator, brother Hervé, had to undo his belts on two
occasions to wipe the inside of the windscreen clean of dust.

Sporting: Harri Rovanperä might have considered pushing harder this
morning to close the gap on overnight leader Colin McRae, but that
chance disappeared because the early-morning dust failed to clear
quickly enough to guarantee him visibility in the opening section.
Instead, Rovanperä settled for second overall, his best finish of
the season to date. Gilles Panizzi lost time this morning when he
hit a bird and damaged his roof-mounted air scoop, allowing dust to
enter the car. But he recovered to set fastest time on the penultimate
section of the rally and finish sixth overall.

Quotes: Harri Rovanperä said: "I'm really glad to get to the finish
and with not many problems at all. Today we knew we only had a small
chance to catch Colin but on the first section, we had a lot of dust
and that was really the end of the fight. At least we have finished
on the podium and scored some points for the team. We can look forward
to Finland next month. I also think that Peugeot has showed we have a
strong car."

Gilles Panizzi said: "This has been an incredible rally for me. I came
here hoping to get experience of Africa and in the end, I've set my
first fastest times on gravel and also finished in the points. This
morning was very hard and I could see absolutely nothing in the dust.
It was almost impossible."

Peugeot Sport Team Director Corrado Provera said: "We're very proud
of the way that Harri and Gilles have driven, and also how hard
everyone has worked to make the car stronger since we were here last
year. The worst part of the season is now over for us, and we can look
forward to rallies that favour us more."


CITROEN

Technical: The Xsara WRCs of Thomas Rådström has been reliable today,
but Sebastien Loeb's car suffered from overheating rear shock absorbers
in the last two competitive sections.

Sporting: Thomas Rådström started today's three competitive sections
determined to reach the finish and score a podium placing on his first
Safari (he failed to start through injury in 1999). The Swede achieved
his goal, watching shock absorber temperatures to maintain performance.
He eventually finished third. Sebastien Loeb started today in fourth,
but his shock absorber sensor failed in the penultimate test and the
rear shocks on his Xsara overheated. The resulting time loss dropped
the young Frenchman behind Markko Martin into fifth, and although he
tried to recover, a repeat of the problem near the end of the final
section prevented him from mounting overhauling the Estonian.

Quotes: Thomas Rådström said: "We have to be quite pleased to get both
our cars to the finish and that both Seb and I have scored points here.
The car never felt quite the same as it did in the test, and we know
that we still have to work hard on the suspension set-up, but we've
learnt a lot from here and that was our aim."


SKODA

Technical: The sole remaining Octavia WRC of Roman Kresta broke a left
front wheel bearing just five kilometres into this morning's 106km
opening section, and it broke a rear damper in the following test.
It reached the finish without any further glitches, however.

Sporting: Roman Kresta shouldered all of Skoda's hopes today, as the
young Czech tried to score manufacturers' points for the team on his
first Safari Rally. Despite the occasional mechanical problem, including
a broken wheel bearing and a rear damper failure, Kresta achieved his
goal by finishing fifth to score three points for Skoda.

Quotes: Roman Kresta said: "I'm really glad to have finished in the
points for the team. I wanted to learn about this event but we've been
steady and reliable, and so many other people have had problems that
we've ended up with a good result and points for the team. I'm really
pleased."


HYUNDAI

Technical: Juha Kankkunen had to draw on all of his experience to
bring Hyundai's sole remaining Accent to the finish. The car's engine
was very sick all day, as it suffered the effects of the intercooler
damage that had slowed Kankkunen yesterday evening. On the opening
section, the Finn had to stop twice to put nearly eight litres of oil
into the motor. His problems worsened in the penultimate test, when
he suffered a left-rear damper problem that resulted in severe suspension
damage and a hole ripped in the inner wheel arch. Hyundai mechanics
worked hard to restore the Finn's car's suspension in time for him
to continue, and his car struggled through the final test with its
ailing engine to reach the finish.

Sporting: The Hyundai team was determined to reach the finish on its
first Safari, but it needed Juha Kankkunen's guile and experience
to achieve that goal. The four-times world champion nursed the car's
sick engine all day, stopping on more than one occasion to top up its
oil level in competitive sections. He then had to complete over 40km
with a broken damper and badly damaged rear suspension. Although he
incurred road penalties as the Hyundai team made repairs, Kankkunen's
car was healthy enough for him to fend off Alister McRae's Mitsubishi
in the last competitive section and score two manufacturers' points
for the Korean marque.

Quotes: Juha Kankkunen said: "The team really wanted to learn about
Safari and I think they know about it now! We had many problems but
we had a steady pace and that was enough to get us to the finish. I'm
pleased for the guys, because they worked hard to keep us in the event."


MITSUBISHI

Technical: The remaining Lancer Evo WRC of Alister McRae was reliable
for much of today, although he incurred 30secs of road penalties
after the Ralliart team took longer than permitted to change the car's
water spray during this morning's first service. The Scot also lost
time in the second competitive section of the day, when a rear damper
broke 30km before the end of the test.

Sporting: Alister McRae and Mitsubishi started today hoping that
rivals would hit trouble or retire, because their deficit was too
large to make up by speed alone. In the end, the Scot stayed in ninth
on his first Safari attempt, although he would probably have inched
past the ailing Hyundai of Juha Kankkunen, had he not suffered rear
damper problems in the penultimate competitive section.

Quotes: Alister McRae said: "I wanted experience here and I've
certainly learnt a lot about how you have to tackle this event. We
tried to find a comfortable speed and it's really unfortunate that we
had a big suspension problem on the first afternoon, because I'm sure
we could have been in the points otherwise. But that's the Safari -
it's a real challenge and I'm pleased that we managed to finish."


OTHER ENTRIES

There was plenty of late drama in the Group N category for more standard
vehicles. Marcos Ligato and Toshihiro Arai, who'd been locked in battle
for the class win throughout the event, both retired in the closing
kilometres. Arai's Subaru retired with clutch failure on the penultimate
competitive section, and Ligato's Mitsubishi succumbed to suspension
problems on the following test. Their problems handed the category spoils
- and a maximum score in the FIA Production Car World Championship - to
Karamjit Singh's Proton. The Malaysian driver now leads the series with
three rounds remaining.

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JrSyko

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When will this rally be on TV?

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Last Weekend! I saw last nights "airing" and it looked very rough and dusty! I think tonight they show a re-cap of the entire rally?

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Its on SpeedChannel a couple of more times. Check the listings.<font color=red>Sean</font color=red><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by WRC on 07/15/02 11:17 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
 

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Do they "lift" the cars for the Safari Rally? The cars looked to be sitting higher than usual and it would make sense as the terrain in Africa looks to be the toughest they encounter all year. If they do, do they just put in a "bigger" spring?

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I beleve they just crank down the coilover. Just like we can do on ours.

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I heard that Mcrae, Sainz, and Martin will be testing for the next 4 days on a Tarmac course in Germany with some new set ups. Look Out!

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