November 1990


03.11.90

TRUCK RACING:- European Truck racing champion Steve Parrish heads for Donington at the weekend needing victories to maintain his bid for the British title. Parrish, in a 6-ton Mercedes Benz 1450, will be battling it out with rival Curt Goransson of Sweden in a Volvo F16 who pipped him at the post last year to take the Donington title.

Germany's Gerd Korber, in a Phoenix MAN and Thomas Hegmann in a Mercedes will be hard on their heels with Swede Slim Borgudd in the West Coast Racing White looking to add to his winning record at Donington Park.

CHARITY RACE:- Three times world champion, American Kenny Roberts, dons his leathers again for the Save the Children Day of Champions at Brands Hatch on Saturday. He lines-up with Randy Mamola, Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Niall McKenzie Ron Haslam and many other great stars of the track for a unique charity event - racing starts at 10.45.

LONDON-BRIGHTON RUN:- Over 400 entrants will start the RAC London-Brighton veteran car run on Sunday from Hyde Park. Only cars built before 1905 are eligible for the 57 mile trip where speeds are limited to an average of 20 mph.


F1:- 

AUSTRALIAN GP - Final practice times:

						mins secs

 1 A Senna      Brz McLaren    1:15.671

 2 G Berger     Aut McLaren    1:16.244

 3 N Mansell    GB  Ferrari    1:16.352

 4 A Prost      Fr  Ferrari    1:16.365

 5 J Alesi      Fr  Tyrrell    1:16.837

 6 R Patrese    It  Williams   1:17.156

 7 N Piquet     Brz Benetton   1:17.173

 8 R Moreno     Brz Benetton   1:17.437

 9 T Boutsen    Bel Williams   1:17.596

10 P Martini    It  Minardi    1:17.827

11 D Warwick    GB  Lotus-Lamb 1:18.351

12 N Larini     It  Ligier     1:18.730

13 S Nakajima   Jpn Tyrrell    1:18.738

14 I Capelli    It  Leyton H   1:18.843

15 A De Cesaris It  Dallara    1:18.858

16 M Gugelmin   Brz Leyton H   1:18.860

17 S Modena     It  Brabham    1:18.886

18 J Herbert    GB  Lotus-Lamb 1:19:185

19 P Alliot     Fr  Ligier     1:19.202

20 G Morbidelli It  Minardi    1:19.347

21 E Pirro      It  Dallara    1:19.609

22 O Grouillard Fr  Osella     1:19.722

23 E Bernard    Fr  Larrousse  1:19.858

24 A Suzuki     Jpn Larrousse  1:19.970

25 D Brabham    Aus Brabham    1:20.218

26 G Tarquini   It  AGS-Ford   1:20.296

DID NOT QUALIFY

27 M Alboreto   It  Arrows     1:20.545

28 Y Dalmas     Fr  AGS-Ford   1:20.570

29 A Caffi      It  Arrows     1:20.609

30 B Gachot     Bel Coloni     1:23.135





World champion Ayrton Senna clinched pole position for tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide with another display of skill and nerve. The Brazilian clocked 1 min 15.693 sec, an average of 111.709 mph, round the street course, to take the 52nd pole of his Formula One career. Austrian Gerhard Berger was second quickest, ahead of Britain's Nigel Mansell, with arch-rival Alain Prost fourth fastest. Derek Warwick was 11th and Johnny Herbert in 18th place.

Results:-

1) Nelson Piquet      Benetton
	    
2) Nigel Mansell      Ferrari
	    
3) Alain Prost        Ferrari
However, both Senna and Berger spun out and crashed, as did David Brabham and several others.

IVORY COAST RALLY

France's Patrick Tauziac, driving a Mitsubishi Galant, won his first world championship rally. Austrian Rudi Stohl, who moved into second in his Audi 90 Quattro after Japan's Kenjiro Shinozuka dropped out on Wednesday, maintained his position to finish just over an hour behind. Last year's winner Alain Oreille was third in a Renault 5 GT Turbo. The final 985-km stage claimed no more victims after 18 of the 32 starters had dropped out during the first two legs.

Final standings after three legs:

hrs mins

 1 P Tauziac   Fr   Mitsubishi    4:54

 2 R Stohl     Aut  Audi Quattro  5:56

 3 A Oreille   Fr   Renault 5     6:52

 4 A Ambrosino Fr   Nissan March  8:09

 5 P Servant   Fr   Toyota Cor    8:25

 6 M Moline    Fr   Toyota Cor    9:35

 7 J-P Bernier Fr   Toyota Cor   10:35

 8 V Evina     Cam  Totota Cor   11:27

 9 P Dionneau  Fr   Toyota Cel   11:53

10 A Choteau   IvC  Toyota Cor   12:42






RENAULT CAMBRIAN RALLY:- The Renault Cambrian rally brings to a close the BTRDA Gold Star Rally championship on Saturday with the title already sewn up by Andy Sharam. Sharam has lent his Metro 6R4 to Dave Cox for the rally as a gesture of thanks to Cox for maintaining it for him throughout the season. The 110 crews will leave Llandudno at 10 am to tackle the gruelling 200-mile route which contains over 65 miles of prime forestry stages.



15.11.90 - JAGUAR
JaguarSport have announced an exclusive one-make racing series - for owners of the new 500,000 Jaguar XJR-15. The three-race series, with a prize fund of $1 million, will support the Monaco Grand Prix in May, the British GP at Silverstone and the Belgian GP. Up to 30 privately-owned cars will take part in the series. The owner of the first car in each of the first two races will win a 46,000 XJR-S road car. JaguarSport boss Tom Walkinshaw said it would be a chance for fans "to cheer on their heroes past, present and future".

F1:- Belgian Formula 3000 driver Eric Van de Poele will make his Formula One debut next season. The 29-year-old will join Italian Nicola Larini, 26, in the new Modena-Lamborghini team. Van de Poele has signed a one-year contract with an option for the 1992 season. Larini, who was with the Ligier team last season, started his F1 career with Coloni Ford and has ridden in 34 GPs.







16.11.90

F.FIRST:- A record six lady drivers will contest round three of the Evening Standard Formula First Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

RALLY:- Louise Aitken-Walker's supporters are demanding an explanation from GM Euro Sport after their decision to pull the plug on the Scottish rally star. Next week's Lombard RAC Rally looks certain to be her last for GM after their shock decision to withdraw from world rallying after three seasons. The Swiss-based European branch of the American giant has given no reason for axing the team. GM Euro Sport's British spokesman Steve Fellows said: "I have written to Switzerland for an official explanation."






22.11.90
INDYCAR:- American racing legend AJ Foyt will quit at the end of the 1991 season. The man who has won more Indy car races than any other said that next year's Indianapolis 500 will be his last. Foyt added he would "finish the season and then call it quits". Foyt, who is 54, has been recovering since breaking both his legs in a crash in September at Elkhart Lake circuit. "There comes a time in everybody's life that it's (time to get it) over with," said Foyt, Indy 500 winner four times.

F1:- The Brabham Formula 1 team is in "no hurry" to make a decision on the driver to partner Martin Brundle next year, said managing director Herbie Blash. Talented Brazilian Roberto Moreno and Larrousse driver Aguri Suzuki are said to be in the running for the top drive next year. The team are due to run a car with the new V12 Yamaha engine, for the first time, in December. The test is the start of Yamaha's 200 million return to Formula One.

MARKKU ALEN ON THE LOMBARD RAC RALLY

Markku Alen, among the best of the 'Flying Finns', has been competing on the world rally circuit for 17 years. He has twice been runner-up for the world crown and is a former winner of the Lombard RAC Rally, taking the honours for Lancia in 1988. After 16 years with the works Lancia team, Alen switched to Subaru at the start of this season and has been helping develop the Legacy RS. Just back from a three-mile training run, on foot this time, he talked to sports editor Annie Briggs about this year's Lombard RAC Rally...

Every day leading up to the Lombard RAC Rally, I must run about three miles. Keeping fit? No, I just find staying in a hotel so boring! Fitness is very important in rallying and this rally can be very difficult, very demanding. I missed it last year and this year I want to go very well.

You never know what conditions you will find - snow, rain, fog, yes even sunshine. It can be different each day and this rally can have it all. Perhaps the mild weather will continue, but no one can be sure. I had a really great time with Lancia and have a lot of happy memories of my years with the team, but now I am a member of the Subaru family. Once you sign a contract, that is it. There is no looking back. It is a young car but in time it will grow into a top rally car. The season has not been bad although we have had some technical problems on the way. I retired while leading the Safari Rally on the first time out with the team, and I also led in the Acropolis and finished fourth in the 1,000 Lakes.

We have spent most of the season developing the Subaru Legacy and it is going to be very competitive next year. A lot of work has been done trying to find more power and we hope to have an extra 20hp in the RAC, up to 300hp. The car has always handled well and, if we have more power, it will be even better. We still lose out on power to the Lancias, Toyotas and Mitsubishis but I am hopeful of a top three finish. The team have worked very hard and a good result next week would give the mechanics a perfect Christmas present.

This year we are using pacenotes for the first time in the Lombard RAC Rally so we have been doing a lot of practice - but I have not enjoyed it very much. We have only been allowed to do three or four stages each day - normally we do about six - and, with so many cars, progress has been slow. It is so boring. I am beginning to think it would have been better left as a 'secret' rally, except for the Sunday spectator stages which are so difficult they should be practised and done with pacenotes. I think it is good to have one 'secret' rally in the World Championship.

There are a lot of good drivers in this rally and I expect a strong challenge from the Lancias, Toyotas and Mitsubishis. Pentti Airikkala in his Ford Sierra will be under extra pressure as the defending champion and this could work in his favour. He drives well in Britain and I hope he will go well here. Carlos Sainz, the new world champion, is definitely the driver of 1990. His Toyota is very good and he has lots of talent. He will be hard to beat. I can only hope for lots of snow and slippery stages - that will help the Subaru to a good result.

Derek Warwick, my team-mate in the Lombard RAC Rally, has been learning fast and seems to be enjoying himself. I have spent a lot of time with him and used him as my navigator in the Kielder Forest while we were testing earlier. He was a very good navigator and I hope I have shown him a lot about rallying. He is a very good Formula One driver but it is his first time in rallying and there is lots to learn. F1 drivers are used to mostly sunny conditions. I know Derek wants a good result and I think he could finish top 20 or even top 10 if he takes things steadily.

The Lombard RAC Rally is one of the most famous events in the world. It is a really important rally to win and I love the challenge of it all. There are some major changes this year with the use of pacenotes throughout. It is also just four days, the early starts are not quite so early - still earlier than I would choose (7am is early enough for me) - and once again there are no stages during the night. The important thing is not to slip up on the first day - those Sunday stages are very tricky - and then we will see.

PACENOTES

The Lombard sets a record as the first event in the 17-year history of the World Championship to have attracted six world champions. They are the 1990 champion Carlos Sainz in a Toyota, Juha Kankkunen (1986/87) in a Lancia, Ari Vatanen (1982) in the Mitsubishi, Timo Salonen (1985) in a Mazda, Miki Biasion (1989) in a Lancia and Hannu Mikkola (1983) in a Mazda. Entries were accepted from 180 drivers after FISA, the sport's ruling body, agreed to raise the limit from 160. Competitors this year include a co-driver from Iceland.

Malcolm Wilson, Russell Brookes and Welshman David Llewellin head this year's British challenge in the event. Llewellin, the only front-running Brit last year before he went out, said the pressure had been enormous. "There were times when I could actually feel the crowd willing me on," he said. "Having Malcolm and Russell up there with me will ease the pressure." Worcestershire driver Brookes has taken part in the event 22 times and has two runner-up finishes. He and Cumbrian star Wilson will both compete in a Ford Sierra while Llewellin drives a Toyota.

Lotus number one driver Derek Warwick becomes the first Grand Prix driver to compete in the rally since 1966. Jim Clark and Graham Hill drove that year. Entries in the four-day rally include drivers from Iceland and Uruguay. Twenty-four different makes of car are expected to leave the start at Harrogate on Sunday - another record for a World Rally Championship round. Eleven works teams will be competing, with a total of 28 cars - estimated to be worth more than 2 million. Peugeot Talbot Sport have entered five cars, in four of the different classes.

First car off the start ramp will be the Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4 driven by last year's winner Pentti Airikkala. Ford last won the event in 1979 with Hannu Mikkola. Youngest competitor will be 19-year-old insurance broker Mark Higgins from Onchan, Isle of Man, in a Suzuki Swift. Tallest entrant is 6ft 4ins co-driver Campbell Roy who sits alongside fellow-Scot Robbie Head in a Honda Civic. The 1990 route offers drivers far less time on the road between stages than in previous years. The 41 stages cover 352 miles and there are 1,113 road miles.

Pacenotes will be in use throughout the four-day rally, for the first time. Most of the stages have been tackled 'blind' in previous years, but this time drivers and co-drivers have been able to recce and practise each one. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to attend Sunday's eight special stages, all of which are sponsored by major corporations. Five times British champion Jimmy McRae will be competing in his 15th Lombard RAC Rally along with eldest son Colin - thanks to a late sponsorship deal with Buyrite Products joining Shell Oils.

THE DAYS AND STAGES



FRIDAY


1200-1900 Rally show at the Harrogate

Exhibitions Halls, city centre   ****




SATURDAY


0700-1600 Scrutineering and rally show
(6pm finish)
located as above    ****





SUNDAY


0800 Rally start, Swan Road, Harrogate



0815 Stage 1 Luk Rudding Park    ****

Fast bends and a watersplash greet drivers on the opening gravel

parkland stage over 1.43 miles. Two miles SE of Harrogate, approach
on 
A661 leaving A1 at Wetherby.



0838 SS2 Finland Harewood Hill   ****

Starts downhill on a tricky, narrow unsurfaced track followed by

smooth tarmac and a hillclimb finish. From A1, approach through

Collingham on A659.



1016 SS3 British Steel Scunthorpe ****
Some jumps in the 7.63-mile 
course around the British Steel complex
just north of Scunthorpe -
 follow signs.



1143 SS4 AutoWindscreens Rother Valley ****

Mixed loose and tarmac surfaces 
around two lakes over 2.52 miles.
Six miles south of Rotherham, follow 
signs via A57 and A618.



1238 SS5 Shell Gemini Chatsworth ****

A 5.92-mile mixed surface stage through the Duke of Devonshire's

estate, which includes a jump, new watersplash and new series of

bends. Special facilities this year for families and the disabled.

Nine miles west of Chesterfield, reach via A623 from Manchester or

A621 from Sheffield. Disabled spectators should use the Edensor

entrance.



1406 SS6 Fina U.S. Adventure     ****

Tarmac and gravel roads for this 1.65- mile stage around the lake in

the American Adventure theme park. Enter car parks from A6007, south

of Heanor.



1434 SS7 Q8 Wollaton Park        ****

Mixed surface statee over 1.44 miles through open parkland. Two
miles 
west of Nottingham, car park off A609. Disabled use Cambridge
Road
 entrance.



1549 SS8 Texaco Clumber Park     ****

Fast stage with difficult corners over 4.41 miles of tarmac roads.

Floodlit for later cars.

0915-1345 Historic rally featuring famous 
cars of 1950/60s. Four
miles south of Worksop, approach from A57 or 
B6034 and follow signs.



1805 Overnight halt, Harrogate   ***
Finish ramp in Crescent Gardens






MONDAY - DAY TWO


0520 Re-start, Harrogate city centre.



0632 SS9 Boltby 1                *

No spectator access to 3.88-mile stage.



0720 SS10 Ingleby                *

No spectator access to 2.57-mile stage.



0752 SS11 Guisborough            *

Difficult 4.56-mile stage, often wet.



0903 SS12 Langdale 1             *

No spectator access to 11.63-mile stage.



0939 SS13 Dalby 1                ***

Long fast straights up and downhill on all-gravel 20.5-mile stage.

Five miles northeast of Pickering, signed on A169.



1040 SS14 Wykeham 1              ***

Difficult uphill opening section plus tarmac-gravel hairpins, fast

finish. Six miles west of Scarborough, approach from A170 by Wykeham

one-way system.



1130 SS15 Gale Rigg 1            **

Fast start to interesting 7.33-mile stage, hairpins and twisty
gravel 
section finishing at Gale Hill Rigg. Six miles north of
Pickering, 
approach from A170 in Pickering and follow signs.



1202 SS16 Cropton 1              ***

Deceptive bends on 8.65-mile forest stage. Approach from A170 at

Wrelton.



1303 SS17 Langdale 2             *

Repeat of stage 12, no spectator access.



1408 SS18 Dalby 2                ***

Repeat of stage 13, good viewing.



1509 SS19 Wykeham 2              ***

Repeat of stage 14, good viewing.



1559 SS20 Gale Rigg 2            **

Repeat of stage 15, difficult access.



1621 SS21 Cropton 2              ***

Repeat of stage 16, good viewing.



1730 SS22 Boltby 2               *

Repeat of stage 9, no spectator access.



1900 
Overnight halt, Harrogate   ***


TUESDAY - DAY THREE




0500 Re-start Harrogate



0710 SS23 Hamsterley              ***

Several good viewing points on this popular 16.42-mile stage,
located 
nine miles west of Bishop Auckland. Approach car parks
through
 Hamsterley from A68.



0927 SS24 Pundershaw              ***

The longest Kielder stage, at 20.33 miles. West of Bellingham, use

B6230 from Chollerford, turn left at Wark.



1120 SS25 Broomylinn              ***

A 16.43-mile stage running almost parallel to the C200 through

Kielder.



1246 SS26 Craik                   **

Fast 9.2-mile stage on a good surface. Car park off B711, from A7
near 
Hawick.



1355 SS27 Cardrona                **

First of three stages in the Tweed Valley, finishing with several
very 
fast corners. Four miles SE of Peebles.



1425 SS28 Elibank                 **

Longest Tweed Valley stage covering 11.28 miles, over Elibank and

Traquair Forests. Three miles SE of Innerleithen.



1513 SS29 Yair                    *

Final Tweed Valley stage over 4.66 miles - no spectator access.



1700 SS30 Falstone                ***

Back to Kielder for two more long stages, starting with 18.98 miles

over roads north of Kielder Water unrallied for many years. Eight

miles NW of Bellingham, signed on C200 at Falstone.



1744 SS31 Redesdale               ***

A mix of the former Redesdale and Raw Hill stages, totalling 16.73

miles. Ten miles north of Bellingham, near Byrness and signposted
from 
A68.



2000 Overnight halt, Newcastle    ****

Cars clock in at the Civic Centre, north of the city centre, with

rally HQ at the Holiday Inn Hotel.





WEDNESDAY - DAY FOUR




0500 Re-start, Newcastle          **



0608 SS32 Harwood                 ***

Some distance east of Kielder, but similar in nature, covering 12.9

miles from north to south. Spectators can reach only the middle

section, approach from A696 at Knowesgate to B6342.



0735 SS33 Ogre Hill               **

Final Kielder test, over 7.34 miles, not used for a number of years.

Long walk for spectators to the stage, 11 miles NW of Otterburn on
the 
north side of A68, two miles S of Byrness.



0851 SS34 Newcastleton            *

An 11.47-mile stage on the fringe of Kershope Forest. No spectator

access.



0921 SS35 Kershope                **

A wide range of conditions over the 15.89-mile stage which includes

several long, bumpy straights and difficult corners. Long walk for

spectators. Approach from south only, leaving B6318 near Roadhead
and 
follow one-way system.



1109 SS36 Castle O'er             **

High on remote Eskdalemuir, this 4.82-mile stage straddles B723 with

SS37. Best viewing near finish. Approach on B723 from S Lockerbie or
N
eskdalemuir.



1126 SS37 Twiglees                ***

North of the B723 in an anti-clockwise loop, featuring wide range of

corners.



1405 SS38 Wythop                  **

First Lake District stage covers 2.87 miles overlooking the west
side
 of Bassenthwaite Lake. Finish just after the famous - and
daunting - 
hairpin. Parking off A66, north of Swan Hotel.



1420 SS39 Comb                    ***

Narrow and very difficult in rain or icy conditions. Several
hairpins
 at the eastern end of the stage, near the car parks.
Approach from A66 
through Braithwaite, car park off B5292.



1545 SS40 West Grizedale          ***

One of the longest - and perhaps the toughest - stage in the rally,

over 17.32 miles. The downfall of many top contenders in the past.

Located six miles SW of ambleside, approach on A590 from M6 jn 36
and 
follow signs after Newby Bridge. One-way through Grizedale.



1624 SS41 East Grizedale          ***

Final stage for 1990 covers 4.72 miles and lies east of the minor
road 
through the forest. Located six miles SW of Ambleside. Approach
as for 
SS40.



2000 Rally finish, Harrogate      ****

Finish ramp in Crescent Gardens.




*-**** Graded stages for ease of viewing.






THE ENTRANTS AND THEIR CARS




  1 P Airikkala   Fin Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

  2 C Sainz       Sp  Toyota Celica

  3 J Kankkunen   Fin Lancia Delta

  4 A Vatanen     Fin Mitsubishi

  5 M Alen        Fin Subaru Legacy

  6 T Salonen     Fin Mazda 323

  7 M Biasion     It  Lancia Delta

  8 M Wilson      GB  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

  9 K Eriksson    Swe Mitsubishi

 10 H Mikkola     Fin Mazda 323

 11 D Auriol      Fr  Lancia Delta

 12 A Fiorio      It  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 14 P Eklund      Swe Lancia Delta

 15 B Saby        Fr  Lancia Delta

 17 R Droogmans   Bel Lancia Delta

 18 D Warwick     GB  Subaru Legacy

 19 G Trelles     Uru Lancia Delta

 20 D Llewellin   GB  Toyota Celica

 21 A Schwarz     Ger Toyota Celica

 22 R Brookes     GB  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 23 M Sundstrom   Fin Mazda 323

 24 M Rayneri     It  Lancia Delta

 25 J McRae       GB  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 26 M Jonsson     Swe Toyota Celica

 27 C McRae       GB  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 28 M Duez        Bel Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 29 T Makinen     Fin Mitsubishi

 30 L A-Walker    GB  Opel Kadett

 31 S Nilsson     Swe Mitsubishi

 32 G Middleton   GB  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 33 J Puras       Sp  Lancia Delta

 34 J Haugland    Nor Skoda Favorit

 35 G Evans       GB  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 36 S Ohba        Jap Mitsubishi

 37 J M Bardolet  Sp  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 38 L Gundler     Swe Lancia Delta

 39 H Eriksson    Swe Peugeot 309 GTi

 40 D Metcalfe    GB  Vauxhall Nova

 41 A Wood        GB  tba

 42 S Yamauchi    Jap Mitsubishi

 43 J Weatherley  GB  Mazda 323

 44 C Birkbeck    GB  Vauxhall Astra

 45 P Frankland   GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

 46 P Wambergue   Fr  Peugeot 305 GTi

 48 D Thompson    GB  Mitsubishi

 49 G Jones       GB  Toyota Celica

 50 D Mann        GB  Toyota Celica

 51 O Stromberg   Swe Saab 900 turbo

 52 J-M Beuzelin  Fr  Peugeot 309 GTi

 53 T Kaby        GB  Daihatsu Charade

 54 P Sibera      Cz  Skoda Favorit

 55 J Easson      GB  Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 

 56 J Milner      GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

 57 B Wiggins     GB  Opel Kadett

 58 G Currie      GB  Lancia Delta

 59 J Morton      GB  Lancia Delta

 60 R Head        GB  Honda Civic

 61 S Schlesack   Ger Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 62 P Firkin      GB  Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 

 63 S Smith       GB  Lancia Delta

 64 G Cox         GB  Opel Monza

 65 K Furber      GB  Peugeot 205 Rallye

 66 E Price       GB  Mazda 323

 67 V Wetton      GB  VW Golf G60 Rallye

 68 C Payne       GB  VW Golf G60 Rallye

 69 C Blake       GB  Lancia Delta

 70 G Recordati   It  Lancia Delta

 71 S Coupe       GB  Lancia Delta

 72 K Sidmore     GB  Opel Kadett

 73 B Bell        GB  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 74 T Cree        GB  Opel Kadett

 75 D Holland     GB  Mercedes 190E

 76 S Chapman     GB  Vauxhall Nova

 77 J McCullagh   GB  Daihatsu Charade

 78 J Joannides   GB  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 79 J Williams    GB  Mazda 323

 80 M Jones       GB  Mitsubishi

 81 R Burns       GB  Peugeot 309 GTi

 82 N Vigroux     Fr  Peugeot 205 GTi

 83 S Petch       GB  Toyota Corolla

 84 E Iwashita    Jap Nissan March

 85 J Barnes      GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

 86 A Elliott     GB  Audi 200 quattro

 87 M Dodd        GB  VW Golf G60 Rallye

 88 P Michaelides GB  Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 

 89 P Stephenson  GB  Toyota Celica

 90 R Menzies     GB  Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 

 91 A Gadal       Fr  Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4

 92 C Barber      GB  Opel Kadett

 93 M Jaques      GB  Opel Kadett

 94 J Saint       GB  Toyota Corolla

 95 R Gillingham  GB  Opel Kadett

 96 R Moore       GB  Lancia Delta

 97 S Green       GB  Vauxhall Nova

 98 C Golding     GB  Toyota Corolla

 99 D Whitehurst  GB  Toyota Corolla

100 B Green       GB  Ford Sierra XR 4x4

101 B Lyall       GB  Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 

102 T Clements    GB  Peugeot 309 GTi

103 G Waite       GB  Toyota Corolla

104 C Sisson      GB  Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 

105 T Shield      GB  Toyota Corolla

106 K Kanao       Jap Mazda 323

107 S Teather     GB  Toyota Corolla

108 C Hewlett     GB  Peugeot 309 GTi

109 K Curran      GB  Lancia Delta

110 I Calvin      GB  Opel Kadett

111 G Stewart     GB  Vauxhall Nova

112 L Jonsson     Swe Suzuki Cultus

113 J-F Favodon   Fr  Peugeot 205 Rallye

114 P Armstrong   GB  VW Golf GTi

115 V Berger      Cz  Skoda Favorit

116 B Hartman     Hol Lancia Delta

117 E Zangheri    It  Lancia Delta

118 G Pugliese    It  Lancia Delta

119 J Orford      GB  Toyota Corolla

120 G Taft        GB  Mazda 323

121 N Kelly       GB  Mazda 323

122 D Williams    GB  Vauxhall Nova

123 J Murray      GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

124 D Beaumont    GB  Mazda 323

125 R Roberts     GB  Opel Kadett

126 G Hewitt      GB  Suzuki Swift

127 M Higgins     GB  Suzuki Swift

128 P Cooper      GB  Vauxhall Nova

129 T Ryan        GB  Toyota Corolla

130 M Pearson     GB  Vauxhall Nova

131 A Nevitt      GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

132 S Harington   GB  Peugeot 205 Rallye

133 A Tordoff     GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

134 K Ridley      GB  Ford Sierra XR 4x4

135 R Simpson     GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

136 R Jude        GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

137 R Gravestock  GB  Vauxhall Nova

138 E Mallen      Fr  Peugeot 205 Rallye

139 K Moss        GB  Vauxhall Nova

140 C Tilly       GB  Vauxhall Nova

141 G Samuel      GB  Suzuki Cultus

142 G Presswell   GB  Vauxhall Astra

143 M Yamada      Jap Isuzu Gemini

144 P Anderson    GB  Suzuki Swift

145 P Butler      GB  Suzuki Swift

146 S Cowan       GB  Honda Civic

147 S Wedgebury   GB  Skoda Favorit

148 S Gaillard    Fr  Citroen AX Sport

149 A Donald      GB  Vauxhall Nova

150 W Brown       GB  Vauxhall Nova

151 J-L Sauzon    Fr  Peugeot 205 Rallye

152 S Hall        GB  Vauxhall Nova

153 G Anderson    GB  Skoda Favorit

154 M Kernahan    Fr  Seat Ibiza

155 A Siddall     GB  Opel Corsa

156 G Mullins     GB  Peugeot 309 GTi

157 R Hall        GB  VW Golf GTi

158 S Washio      Jap Toyota Corolla

159 J-P Labaune   Fr  Peugeot 205 Rallye

160 P Gobert      Fr  Suzuki Swift

161 M Wilson      GB  Toyota Corolla

162 E Crestani    It  Opel Corsa

163 J Courmontagne Fr Peugeot 205 GTi

164 R Jackson     GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

165 C Slaymark    GB  Toyota Corolla

166 R Moore       GB  Vauxhall Nova

167 T Godwin      GB  Fiat Uno

168 R Platts      GB  Skoda Favorit

169 A Butler      GB  Toyota Corolla

170 M Guest       GB  Vauxhall Nova

171 L Andrew      GB  Skoda 130

172 B Smith       GB  Vauxhall Astra

173 M Brown       GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

174 C Child       GB  Vauxhall Nova

175 A Jackson     GB  Toyota Celica

176 K Murrell     GB  Vauxhall Nova

177 S Eccleston   GB  Toyota Corolla

178 J Curran      GB  Vauxhall Nova

179 J Leach       GB  Audi Coupe

180 B Griffiths   GB  MG Metro

181 N Brook       GB  Mazda 323

182 S Hall        GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

183 M Olson       GB  Vauxhall Astra

184 T Thomas      GB  Lada Riva

185 D Collyer     GB  Vauxhall Nova

186 P Lee         GB  Toyota Corolla

187 C Armstrong   GB  Peugeot 205 GTi

188 R Barry       GB  Lada Samara







25.11.90
MACAU F3:- Flying Finn Mika Hakkinen threw away victory in the Macau Grand Prix when he crashed while needlessly bidding for the lead on the final leg of the race. Having won the opening race he had only to finish second to Michael Schumacher to become overall victor. But he clipped the German trying to overtake at Lisboa Bend and crashed. As the 22 year-old walked away sobbing Schumacher took overall victory. Finn Mika Salo was second in a Camel Ralt.

Eddie Irvine finished third overall in the Macau Grand Prix to underline his billing as one of Britain's leading young racing drivers. The Marlboro Theodore driver finished second and third in the two legs of the season's hardest Formula 3 race. Leading British F3 challenger Steve Robertson was sixth overall in the Bowman Ralt as the fastest lap of the final leg went to Hakkinen. He set a time 2 mins 20.81 secs as he chased Schumacher.




MACAU F3 GRAND PRIX COMBINED RESULT


					   hrs:mins:secs


 1 M Schumacher Ger  Reynard 1:11:26.52

 2 M Salo       Fin  Ralt    1:11:41.57

 3 E Irvine     GB   Ralt    1:11:49.79

 4 L Aiello     Fr   Ralt    1:11:54.04

 5 R Rydell     Swe  Ralt    1:12:14.76

 6 S Robertson  GB   Ralt    1:12:47.08

 7 A Zanardi    It   Dallara 1:12:53.45

 8 M Mattori    Jpn  Ralt    1:12:54.79

 9 M Weda       Jpn  Ralt    1:14:01.46

10 J Isler      Swi  Dallara 1:14:08.58


Fastest lap: M Hakkinen Fin Ralt
  2 mins 20.81 secs




FORMULA FORD :- Irishman Michael Edgar won the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Winter Challenge with victory in the second of the three-race series. Dino Morelli, in a Reynard, was second.

LOMBARD RAC RALLY:- Markku Alen dominated the opening day, holding off the challenge of his fellow Finns as he clocked fastest times on four of the first eight stages. The Subaru star first went ahead on stage 3, lost out to Juha Kankkunen in a Lancia on the next before regaining control with a stylish display at the testing Shell Gemini Chatsworth stage. Alen headed back to the overnight halt at Harrogate with a three-second lead over Kankkunen. Pentti Airikkala in a Ford was third, 24 seconds off the pace. Britain's Malcolm Wilson was fourth in his Ford, a further six seconds back.

Subaru works driver Markku Alen made a successful bid for the first day lead with a brave drive through thick fog on the third stage of the first day. "It was a big risk for me to go so quickly," admitted the Finn. "It was very slippery...but it paid off." Alen, who feared the Legacy would be no match for the power of the Lancias, Toyotas and Mitsubishis, held on for a three-second lead at the end of the day.

Mitsubishi driver Ari Vatanen took the honours on the first stage of the event but a puncture on stage 4 cost him 35 seconds and he finished in 11th place.





LEADERBOARD - END OF DAY ONE


Stage 8 of 41: latest positions


   Driver            Car        H  M  S

 1 Alen          Fin Subaru       29:46

 2 Kankkunen     Fin Lancia       29:49

 3 Airikkala     Fin Ford         30:10

 4 Wilson        GB  Ford         30:16

 5 Sainz         Sp  Toyota       30:18

 6 Salonen       Fin Mazda        30:22

 7 Eriksson      Swe Mitsubishi   30:25

 8 Jonsson       Swe Toyota       30:31

 9 Brookes       GB  Ford         30:44

10 Mikkola       Fin Mazda        30:46

11 Vatanen       Fin Mitsubishi   30:47

12 Auriol        Fr  Lancia       30:52



Scotsman Jimmy McRae became the first major casualty when he rolled his Ford Sierra Cosworth on to its roof on only the third stage of the first day. McRae, who twice finished third on the Lombard, went out after a similar mishap in his Toyota on stage 2 in 1988. The crew climbed from the upturned vehicle unhurt and made their way on foot to the end of the British Steel sponsored Scunthor pe stage. They were the first official retirement. McRae had been lying joint 19th after stage 2, while son Colin in a similar 4wd car, was in joint 10th place.

Cumbrian driver Malcolm Wilson headed the British challenge on the first day in his Ford Sierra Cosworth as talented Scot Jimmy McRae fell by the wayside. Wilson made steady progress up the leaderboard to share third place with Pentti Airikkala after stage 5. He struck a straw bale on stage 7 at Wollaton Park, slightly damaging the front nearside of his car but losing just a few seconds and, at the end of the first day, was fourth overall. Worcestershire's Russell Brookes was chasing hard in ninth place overall while Welshman David Llewellin was 15th.

Grand Prix driver Derek Warwick made a steady start to his first competitive day behind the wheel of a rally car. Warwick confessed to being "slightly apprehensive" as he tackled the first few spectator stages but by stage 4 reported: "I'm feeling good and the car is handling well. It's very slippery." He finished in 24th place overall in the Group A Subaru Legacy and admitted: "I still can't get over the fact that being in the 20s is a good result." His problems included puncturing a tyre on a rock and he added: "I've also been shouted at for calling this a race."

Toyota works driver Carlos Sainz, the new world champion, suffered an early setback missing a junction on stage 1. The error cost him about 10 seconds and slightly damaged the front of his Toyota but he pulled back steadily throughout the day to fifth overall. Finn Juha Kankkunen, winner in 1987, is hopeful of a good result in his Lancia despite "the strongest competition I have ever seen on the RAC".

Welshman David Llewellin reported a misfire on his Toyota after the watersplash on stage 3 Scunthorpe. He later needed help with a brake problem. Pentti Airikkala, last year's winner, was nursing a sore shoulder as he headed the cars away from the start in Harrogate city centre on Sunday morning. He completed the first three stages and reported that his shoulder was no longer hurting and his only problem had been a slight misfire in the Ford. He had a minor mishap on stage 5, arriving at the end with slight damage to the car but finished the day third.

Aberdeen driver Brian Lyall found he had made a wasted journey. He was unable to start the four-day event when co-driver John Taylor felt unwell. Swede Kenneth Eriksson collided with straw bales on the first stage, causing minor damage to his Mitsubishi. Didier Auriol also left the stage with damage to the front wing of his Lancia. Briton Steven Smith left stage 1 with the engine of his Lancia smoking badly - but he was still running at the end of day one's eight stages.

Charles Golding put up a spectacular display for his Proteus Petroleum team supporters on a hairpin on stage 2, covering 20 yards on two wheels on the tricky downhill section. He then went off on stage 4, after being blinded by low sun, slightly damaging the Toyota. Vauxhall Astra drivers Brian Wiggins, Chris Birkbeck and Terry Cree all found the going tough on stage 2. "Very slippery," was Wiggins' verdict while Birkbeck admitted a wrong tyre choice and said there was "plenty of excitement". Cree hit a gate post and suffered a broken wishbone.

Spectators rescued Soren Nilsson when the Swede rolled his Mitsubishi on stage 3. They righted the car and he continued, losing about two minutes. Vince Wetton's rally came to an abrupt end when the supercharger belt broke on his VW Golf G60 on stage 3.

Colin McRae looked set to follow father Jimmy out of the rally when he ran into a stone gatepost on the Chatsworth stage, badly damaging the rear door and left rear suspension. He lost about 25 seconds on the stage and his Ford needed a new beam axle before returning to the overnight halt at Harrogate.

Gearbox failure sidelined Swede Hakan Eriksson on stage 7 at Wollaton Park. His Peugeot 309 was towed from the stage by another competitor.




26.11.90
F3000:- David Brabham is to conduct Ralt's extensive testing programme on the new RT23 Formula 3000 car, starting at Snetterton on Wednesday with further tests in France and Japan. His Grand Prix future still hangs in the balance after a lacklustre season at Brabham. "I'm still not sure of my plans for next year," he said.

TOURING CAR:- British drivers were out of luck in the saloon car race supporting the Macau Grand Prix. Robb Gravett crashed while second, Tim Harvey crashed on lap 18 and Julian Bailey was disqualified from fifth for using an illegal rear wing.

F1:- Rupert Manwaring, team manager of the ailing Lotus team, will replace Joan Villadelprat as team manager at the Tyrrell team. He starts work in December.

LOMBARD RAC RALLY :- Finn Juha Kankkunen was in a class of his own as he closed the gap on leader Carlos Sainz to just five seconds. The Lancia star, fired up after losing the lead with no brakes on stage 13, charged up the leaderboard with eight fastest times over the next nine stages. Sainz in a Toyota took the lead for the first time on stage 18 when a wrong tyre choice by Mitsubishi's Kenneth Eriksson cost him crucial seconds. But the Swede remained in contention at the end of day two, just 13 seconds off the pace in third place, with Finn Timo Salonen in a Mazda close behind.




LEADERBOARD - END OF DAY TWO


Stage 22 of 41: latest positions


   Driver            Car        H  M  S

 1 Sainz         Sp  Toyota     2:17:54

 2 Kankkunen     Fin Lancia     2:17:59

 3 Eriksson      Swe Mitsubishi 2:18:07

 4 Salonen       Fin Mazda      2:18:16

 5 Wilson        GB  Ford       2:19:40

 6 Biasion       It  Lancia     2:20:32

 7 Jonsson       Swe Toyota     2:20:44

 8 Auriol        Fr  Lancia     2:21:05

 9 Schwarz       Ger Toyota     2:22:01

10 C McRae       GB  Ford       2:22:38

11 Llewellin     GB  Toyota     2:22:52

12 Vatanen       Fin Mitsubishi 2:23:59


First day leader Markku Alen found all his hard work had been in vain when the engine of his Subaru Legacy expired on Monday morning in the Yorkshire forests. Alen enjoyed a fierce battle for the lead with fellow-Finn Juha Kankkunen before he lost 3.5 minutes with turbo failure on stage 13. Alen, winner in 1988, also complained of having only front brakes. He then came to a halt on stage 14 and was pushed 500 metres to the finish by spectators. "Big misfire," he commented. Subaru hopes now rest with rally new boy, GP driver Derek Warwick.

Pentti Airikkala made a spectacular exit from the event, rolling heavily in his Ford Sierra Cosworth at Cropton. Carlos Sainz, lying second, slowed to help but Airikkala and co-driver Ronan McNamee both escaped unhurt. "I came round a bend and car slid out. I kept the power on but hit a bank and the car was thrown into the air. It rolled three or four times." Airikkala, last year's winner, had been lying joint fourth after recovering from a problem with a windscreen wiper which had left him peering through the co-driver's window on stage 13. Pentti Airikkala was philosophical after his dramatic exit from the rally. "These things happen in rallying," said the popular Finn after crashing out while joint fourth. "It was a shame because the car was working very well and we had a very good chance to win."

"The car was doing about 120mph as I was going into a very fast left hander when something on the left collapsed and it started to spin. I didn't react quite quickly enough to catch it. It is too early to say what caused the accident," he added.

Towcester's Terry Kaby damaged his Daihatsu Charade in a minor accident on a narrow road while on his way to Ingleby for stage 10. No one was hurt and he was able to continue. Heavy rain made the morning's Yorkshire forest stages exceptionally slippery. Mazda works driver Timo Salonen spun twice on muddy stage 10. Kenneth Eriksson suffered a cracked windscreen on his Mitsubishi after apparently hitting a pheasant. York driver David Thompson rolled his Mitsubishi at the start of stage 10, causing some damage, but continued.

Daihatsu mechanics were caught out when a marshal at service said Terry Kaby's car sounded as if it was running on only three cylinders. They opened the the bonnet to check - only to remember that the car only has three cylinders. Ari Vatanen lost time with a puncture on stage 13. The Mitsubishi driver slipped from seventh to 12th place. Swede Per Eklund rolled his Lancia on stage 12 but was able to continue. Wetherby's Richard Moore and co-driver John Foster from Rotherham crashed out in their Lancia towards the end of stage 10 but escaped unhurt.

Four times winner Hannu Mikkola was forced out with engine trouble. The 48-year-old Finn, world champion in 1983, was ninth overnight in the works Mazda but slipped to 13th on stage 11 and stopped on the long Langdale stage. Louise Aitken-Walker limped out of stage 15 with a broken driveshaft on her Vauxhall, losing about two minutes. Welshman David Llewellin insists he is "trying like mad" but has been unable to get on to the leaderboard. "I think the problem is my tyres are too large and are overgearing the car," he said, adding that a new gearbox was due to be fitted which could make a difference.

Teenage rally mechanic Paul Galbraith is still in a serious condition in hospital after being badly burned while working on Peter Firkin's Ford Sierra at the Ferrybridge service halt on Sunday. A second mechanic was treated for burns and rejoined the rally. Swede Soren Nilsson has been struggling with steering problems after hitting a tree in his Mitsubishi on stage 16. Welshman Gwyndaf Evans lost third gear on his Ford Sierra on stage 16. He has also been suffering from brake problems.

Paul Frankland damaged the front of his Peugeot when he hit a post on stage 14. Happiest spectator of the day was Alain Oreille, a Renault 5 driver, who was confirmed as the new Group N world champion when Gustavo Trelles and then Tommi Makinen went out of the rally. Trelles rolled his Lancia on stage 13 while Makinen retired after struggling through stage 12 with only fourth gear - leaving Oreille, watching on the forest stages, to open the champagne.

Leading British driver Malcolm Wilson lost two gears on stage 18 and dropped a minute but held onto fifth overall. A flat battery cost Russell Brookes two minutes on stage 18 and he slipped off the leaderboard and had further trouble when he went off on stage 20, Gale Rigg but continued. Derek Warwick picked up a one second penalty on stage 21 after losing second and fourth gears and the team are now changing gearbox and clutch. Colin McRae hit a tree on stage 21 while running 10th and damaged the side of the car, losing a minute. Carlos Sainz, leader at the halfway stage, was reported to have a misfire.

Malcolm Wilson shrugged off a painful stomach and the effect of antibiotics to claim the honours for the second day running as the best of the British. The 34-year-old Cumbrian driver took his Ford Sierra 4x4 into third place after stage 13 and finished the day in fifth, 1 min 44 secs off the pace. He promised to do better on home ground on Tuesday, before being taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up. Wilson survived a high speed spin on his second visit to Langdale and admitted: "I found myself sideways at 125mph more than once - the mud catches you out."

Welshman David Llewellin struggled all day to get on the pace - and was eventually promised a return to his British suspension set-up for day three. "I've been trying like mad but making no impression on the front guys," he complained, blaming overgearing. A new gearbox fitted partway through Monday's stages made the car more competitive but Llewellin was still unhappy: "I'm driving on the rev limiter and could damage the engine." Toyota GB team manager David Ewells agreed. "We will change the suspension tonight to give David more confidence."

Former Grand Prix driver Derek Warwick stepped up his pace on day two climbing nine places to 15th despite two 'offs' and losing second and fourth gears. With team-mate Markku Alen crashing out Warwick has taken up the gauntlet for Subaru despite the lashing rain. As he continued his championship rally debut he said: "I'm happy but still lacking self confidence and hesitating before taking Ronan's advice." After the helter skelter Dalby stage he added:" That stage was unreal. It made my shunt at Monza look tame."




LEADING HOME CONTENDERS after stage 22:
 
Overall
 position
					 Group H  M  S

 5 M Wilson    Ford Sierra   A  2:19:40

10 C McRae     Ford Sierra   A  2:22:38

11 D Llewellin Toyota Celica A  2:22:52

15 D Warwick   Subaru Legacy A  2:28:52

16 G Evans     Ford Sierra   N  2:29:21

18 P Frankland Peugeot 205   A  2:36:42

19 D Metcalfe  Vauxhall Nova A  2:36:55

20 R Head      Honda Civic   N  2:39:41

22 S Smith     Lancia Delta  N  2:42:03

23 T Kaby      Peugeot 205   N  2:42:35

24 L A-Walker  Vauxhall      A  2:43:07

25 D Mann      Toyota Celica N  2:43:22

26 B Bell      Ford Sierra   A  2:44:19




GROUP N LEADERBOARD after stage 22:
					 Class

1 G Evans     Ford Sierra   4  2:29:21

2 R Head      Honda Civic   2  2:39:41

3 S Smith     Lancia Delta  4  2:42:03

4 T Kaby      Daihatsu      3  2:42:35




GROUP A CLASS LEADERS after stage 22

A8 C Sainz          Sp   Toyota

A7 L Aitken-Walker  GB   Vauxhall

A6 P Frankland      GB   Peugeot 205

A5 K Furber         GB   Peugeot 205



GROUP N CLASS LEADERS after stage 22

N4 G Evans          GB   Ford Sierra

N3 T Kaby           GB   Daihatsu

N2 R Head           GB   Honda Civic
 after stage 20

N1 G Hewitt         GB   Suzuki






27.11.90 - LOMBARD RAC
Kielder cost Carlos Sainz the lead he had worked so hard to retain when he went off on the day's penultimate stage. The Spanish world champion set fastest times on five of the day's stages in his Toyota to edge 15 seconds clear of Finn Juha Kankkunen in a Lancia. He had led since stage 18 but his off on stage 30 gave him a puncture and cost him 40 seconds. Kankkunen will now be first car away on the final day. Kankkunen led by 24 seconds at the end of day three with 10 stages remaining. Kenneth Eriksson is still just in touch in third place in his Mitsubishi.

The scene is set for a tense final day battle between two of the world's best drivers Juha Kankkunen and Carlos Sainz. Kankkunen, twice world champion and a winner here in 1987, has been superb over the past few days surviving one of Monday's stages without brakes and then setting eight successive fastest times. Sainz held off a ferocious challenge throughout the third day before an off on stage 30 handed Kankkunen the lead. Third-placed Kenneth Eriksson has almost given up hope of catching them. "There are no problems with my car, the others are just going quicker," he said.




LEADERBOARD - END OF DAY THREE

Stage 31 of 41: latest positions


   Driver            Car        H  M  S

 1 Kankkunen     Fin Lancia     4:07:00

 2 Sainz         Sp  Toyota     4:07:24

 3 Eriksson      Swe Mitsubishi 4:09:20

 4 Biasion       It  Lancia     4:11:58

 5 Jonsson       Swe Toyota     4:13:06

 6 Auriol        Fr  Lancia     4:14:28

 7 C McRae       GB  Ford       4:15:19

 8 Schwarz       Ger Toyota     4:17:42

 9 Llewellin     GB  Toyota     4:19:18

10 Fiorio        It  Ford       4:21:18

11 Droogmans     Bel Lancia     4:22:43

12 Evans         GB  Ford       4:30:21



Grand Prix driver Derek Warwick's brave run in his first ever rally came to a sticky end when he met a new racing surface - a bog in the Kielder Forest. The challenge proved too great for the new Subaru star and he was forced to retire due to a broken wishbone having revved through the pack into a very respectable 13th place overall. "We slid off exiting a left-hander and dropped into a ditch. As we tried to get out we hit a concrete culvert which tore off the front suspension." Earlier Warwick had an 'off' into the forest at 100mph - 15ft off the ground.

"This is the most difficult thing I have ever tried to do in motor sport," was Derek Warwick's verdict after his first rally came to an abrupt end. "I'd get to the finish of the stage and think 'that was a good time - nobody could go faster than that'. Then I'd find the top guys had gone 45 seconds quicker. That's a different plane."

"I had a strong respect for these guys when I started the event but it has just got stronger and stronger... I can't get over how professional they are in rallying, but they still have fun. That's what's missing from F1."

Co-driver Ian Bartlett was rescued unhurt from an icy river in Hamsterley Forest after a crash early on Tuesday. Bartlett, a fireman from Witney, was trapped when his car plunged into the Euden Beck. Driver Jeff Orford escaped. But rescue services swiftly arrived on the scene - thanks to a revolutionary yellow flag scheme pioneered by RAC rally organisers which prevented cars from overtaking the rescue vehicle.

"There were six cars behind the rescue vehicle when it arrived at the scene," said a rally spokesman. "The system worked - it probably saved 15 minutes."

Spectators packed into the car parks surrounding the Kielder stage, filling them before midnight on Monday - nine hours before the start of the popular first stage on Tuesday morning. One fan was slightly hurt by flying debris from a car on stage 24. The stage was stopped for about 20 minutes while a medical officer attended but little treatment was needed.

British drivers Andy Elliott and Peter Stephenson failed to make Tuesday's re-start reducing the field to 126 cars. Both competitors ran out of time trying to make repairs to their ailing cars after the second day.

Ari Vatanen set a blistering pace on the opening stage of the day but damaged his Mitsubishi on stage 24 and needed to replace the driveshaft. He was out of the event after going off on stage 30 badly damaging his Mitsubishi. Vatanen had pulled up from 12th place overnight to 8th before the day's penultimate stage. Russell Brookes elected to re-start despite falling to 110th on the road following Monday's problems. Tom Ryan's crew overslept and collected a five minute road penalty for leaving parc ferme late. Germany's Armin Schwarz lost time with a puncture on stage 23 and is also thought to have handling problems.

Swede Kenneth Eriksson slipped from second place to third after a puncture cost him 50 seconds on stage 24. Welshman David Llewellin, moving up the leaderboard, emerged from Hamsterley with damage to the front of his Toyota. He then lost three minutes with a puncture on stage 24. Ford driver Alessandro Fiorio suffered turbo trouble on stage 23 but expected a replacement at service. Terry Kaby's Daihatsu lost 40 seconds on the Hamsterley stage with a puncture but retained a commanding class lead. "No worries," said a team spokeswoman. "The car runs fine on three cylinders - why not on three wheels!"

Lancia driver Massimo Biasion, twice world champion competing in his first Lombard, set the fastest time on stage 26, Craik. He had earlier complained of losing about 1,000rpm with a misfire. Chatsworth topped the spectator table for Sunday's stages with a massive crowd of 23,000. A total of 89,500 fans attended the day's eight-stage action. Robbie Head, comfortably leading his class in the Honda Civic, rolled down a bank about 200 yards from the finish of stage 26 after a bump took the steering wheel out of his hands. The roll bent the rear wishbone, later changed, and cost him about 3.5 minutes.

Finn Timo Salonen was the highest ranked victim of the infamous 'killer' Kielder Forest. The Mazda driver, who won this event in 1986, was lying fourth when he went into the trees after failing to negotiate a high speed bend. Welshman Gwyndaf Evans has been finding it hard to concentrate after building up a commanding class lead in his Ford. Colin McRae starts the final day as the top British driver after Malcolm Wilson's Ford hit a rock. McRae was the fastest Brit in all but one stage, climbing to seventh in his battered Sierra. "My car drives just fine but it looks like a mobile shed."

David Llewellin moved up from 11th to ninth but a puncture cost him three minutes. "With this time loss I really feel I have lost all chance of getting a good result, but I am going for it." Russell Brookes refused to give up after Monday's troubles left him in 110th and ended Tuesday in 60th place. Malcolm Wilson's battle to the head of the British runners came to nothing when he hit the same rock on stage 24 that damaged Alessandro Fiorio's Ford. The Englishman lost a wheel, had a puncture and then stones damaged the engine and destroyed the cam belt - unlike Fiorio who was able to continue. He also needed hospital treatment for a painful stomach. "It wasn't the pain so much as the anti-biotics. I just wanted to be sick all the time."

"My gap behind the leaders was a little too big this morning. A minute I could have made up on the way back," he said.






LEADING HOME CONTENDERS after stage 31: 

Overall 
position
					 Group H  M  S

 7 C McRae     Ford Sierra   A  4:15:19

 9 D Llewellin Toyota Celica A  4:19:18

12 G Evans     Ford Sierra   N  4:30:21

15 D Metcalfe  Vauxhall Nova A  4:41:37

16 P Frankland Peugeot 205   A  4:44:15

18 L A-Walker  Vauxhall      A  4:53:35

19 R Head      Honda Civic   N  4:54:18

20 T Kaby      Daihatsu      N  4:54:28

21 S Smith     Lancia Delta  N  4:56:16

22 D Thompson  Mitsubishi    N  4:57:44

23 G Cox       Opel Monza    A  4:59:08

24 B Bell      Ford Sierra   A  4:59:49








GROUP N LEADERBOARD after stage 31:

					 Class

1 G Evans     Ford Sierra   4  4:30:21

2 R Head      Honda Civic   2  4:54:18

3 T Kaby      Daihatsu      3  4:54:28

4 S Smith     Lancia Delta  4  4:56:16




GROUP A CLASS LEADERS after stage 31:

A8 J Kankkunen      Fin  Lancia

A7 L Aitken-Walker  GB   Vauxhall

A6 D Metcalfe       GB   Vauxhall

A5 K Further        GB   Peugeot



GROUP N CLASS LEADERS after stage 31:

N4 G Evans          GB   Ford Sierra

N3 T Kaby           GB   Daihatsu

N2 R Head           GB   Honda Civic

N1 G Hewitt         GB   Suzuki




28.11.90

 - LOMBARD RAC RALLY
Spaniard Carlos Sainz has all but won the rally after surviving turbo trouble and a late mishap in his works Toyota. Sainz triumphed by 102 seconds after 41 fiercely-contested stages over four demanding days. Sweden's Kenneth Eriksson was second in a Mitsubishi with Massimo Biasion third in a Lancia.

The world champion went off on stage 40 bringing back memories of 1989 when he had victory snatched from his grasp - but this time it cost just 22 seconds. Sainz must now complete the 92-mile drive to the finish at Harrogate to be crowned as this year's winner. Dashing Spaniard Carlos Sainz crowned a brilliant season with victory in the final World Championship round of 1990. The 28-year-old from Madrid had already clinched the world title with wins in the Acropolis, New Zealand and 1,000 Lakes and four runner-up places. But t his win on the Lombard RAC Rally was particularly sweet, making up for 1989 when trouble on the last of the Dalby stages had robbed him of victory. His only request to his service crew as he completed the final stage of 1990 was: "Whisky for me and water for the co-driver!"

Kenneth Eriksson ended a torrid season with a morale-boosting runner-up place behind former team-mate Carlos Sainz. The 34-year-old Swedish driver moved to Mitsubishi after last year's Lombard but mechanical trouble with the Galant forced him out of four of the five world rounds he had entered this year. Italy's Massimo Biasion, the double world champion, surprised many with his third place finish in the Lancia. It was his first appearance in Britain and he had made steady progress, lying 14th at the end of day one, sixth on day two and fourth on day three.

The frosty conditions of the opening two stages matched the mood of Spaniard Carlos Sainz as he set off in pursuit of overnight leader Juha Kankkunen. Sainz made a superb start, setting the best times by far on both the Kielder stages - but was heard berating his mechanics for the state of his Toyota. "I am making maximum attack and I need a perfect car. This is not a perfect car. Why do you not give me a perfect car?" he is reported to have asked them. Sainz pressure on Kankkunen finally paid off with the Finn crashing out with just seven stages remaining. Finn Juha Kankkunen crashed heavily while leading, ending his hopes of a second victory in the prestigious event.

Kankkunen, under extreme pressure from Spanish world champion Carlos Sainz, rolled his Lancia several times on the first bend in stage 34 at Newcastleton. Sainz had set fastest times on the first two stages of the day to cut Kankkunen's lead from 24 to 11 seconds. Kankkunen's demise brought to an end the Finnish domination of the event. They had won 11 of the last 12 Lombard RAC rallies - this year no Finn has appeared in the results.

Carlos Sainz, on his way to victory in the event after narrowly missing out last year, survived an anxious time. Sainz suffered from low turbo boost on his Toyota and dropped 28 seconds on stage 36 and 18 on the next, on which rival Kenneth Eriksson was fastest. Eriksson was then less than two minutes adrift and, with four stages remaining, looked set to catch the Spaniard. But repairs solved the problem and Sainz was immediately back on the pace. Sainz had also led on the final day of the 1989 event before propshaft trouble late on robbed him of victory.

Scot Colin McRae took the honours as top British finisher, taking sixth place despite a fraught final day. McRae was in trouble on the opening stage with a jammed gearbox and misfire on the Ford. He drove the 12.9 miles in fourth gear, the gearbox was changed but he earned a 21-second road penalty. His problems were not over. He was left with rear wheel drive only on the icy stage 33 and again on the penultimate stage after front driveshaft trouble. "It's been a troubled rally all the way through," he said. "I'm delighted to get through - it's a great achievement."

Welshman David Llewellin showed nerves of steel when the bonnet of his Toyota lifted as he drove close to a sheer 300ft drop on stage 38, Wythop. He believes scrutineers failed to secure it for him and it blew open as they tore along the infamous Knife Edge. Llewellin continued but with reduced vision, losing over 10 seconds. He eventually finished two places behind Scot Colin McRae, in eighth place.

Essex driver Charles Golding will be well satisfied with a finish after help and hindrance from well-meaning fans. Golding went off near the start of stage 34 and then spun on an 80mph bend on stage 37 ending up stuck in a bog. "We had just passed the spot where Juha Kankkunen skidded off on ice and the spectators told us the ice was thawing. On the next bend we went off on ice..." Spectators helped get them going again. Golding had a scare on Tuesday when a large stag cleared the bonnet of his Group N Toyota. He spent 1.5 days minus a service van after gearbox trouble.

The rally had to be re-routed on the way to stage 34, Newcastleton, after a road accident involving a service vehicle. One person was slightly hurt. The vehicle involved was from the Lancia team who faced further misery when Juha Kankkunen crashed out of the rally at the start of the stage when he had been leading the rally.

Paul Frankland, the Peugeot 205 driver from Darlington who was a re markable 15th after stage 34, drove seven miles with a nearside puncture after going off on the following stage at Kershope. Belgian Robert Droogmans enjoyed the final two stages in Kielder Forest. "I like this, frosty and crisp, more my style," commented the Lancia driver. Welshman Gwyndaf Evans had problems on stage 34 with his brakes overheating.

Dilwyn Williams lost second gear on his Vauxhall Nova on stage 32 while Stuart Hall and Richard Moore, also in Novas, both went off causing minor damage. Paul Armstrong has been considering taking a time penalty to get rid of Russell Brookes, running well down the field after first day problems, who is constantly breathing down his neck. Jeff Orford has now described the crash on day three which ended with his car in a river and his co-driver Ian Bartlett trapped unconscious inside. "We came over a crest into a dip and landed heavily on the right side of the car which was thrown into the air. It rolled four times down a 30ft bank and into a river. The car was destroyed." Bartlett has since recovered.

Robbie Head, comfortably leading his class in a Honda Civic, crashed out at a bridge on stage 37, Twiglees, last of the Scottish stages. He and co-driver Campbell Roy were unhurt but it was some time before the car could be moved.




LEADING HOME CONTENDERS after stage 40:


Overall 
position          Group H  M  S

 6 C McRae     Ford Sierra   A  5:47:25

 8 D Llewellin Toyota Celica A  5:50:52

11 G Evans     Ford Sierra   N  6:05:34

14 D Metcalfe  Vauxhall Nova A  6:20:09

16 P Frankland Peugeot 205   A  6:24:44

17 L A-Walker  Vauxhall      A  6:35:21

18 T Kaby      Daihatsu      N  6:37:18

19 S Smith     Lancia Delta  N  6:40:12

20 G Cox       Opel Monza    A  6:40:13

21 B Bell      Ford Sierra   A  6:43:13

22 K Furber    Peugeot       A  6:45:33

23 J Haugland  Skoda Favorit A  6:45:55





GROUP N LEADERBOARD after stage 40:
					  Class

 1 G Evans     Ford Sierra   4  6:05:34

 2 T Kaby      Daihatsu      3  6:37:18

 3 S Smith     Lancia Delta  4  6:40:12

 4 B Wiggins   Vauxhall      3  6:48:33



GROUP A CLASS LEADERS after stage 40:

A8 C Sainz          Sp   Toyota

A7 L Aitken-Walker  GB   Vauxhall

A6 D Metcalfe       GB   Vauxhall

A5 K Furber         GB   Peugeot



GROUP N CLASS LEADERS after stage 40:

N4 G Evans          GB   Ford Sierra

N3 T Kaby           GB   Daihatsu

N2 T Shields        GB   Toyota Corolla
 after stage 39:

N1 G Hewitt         GB   Suzuki Swift







PROVISIONAL RESULTS             H  M  S

 1 Sainz         Sp  Toyota     5:43:16

 2 Eriksson      Swe Mitsubishi 5:44:58

 3 Biasion       It  Lancia     5:47:22

 4 Jonsson       Swe Toyota     5:49:40

 5 Auriol        Fr  Lancia     5:51:02

 6 C McRae       GB  Ford       5:53:17

 7 Schwarz       Ger Toyota     5:54:56

 8 Llewellin     GB  Toyota     5:56:43

 9 Fiorio        It  Ford       5:59:22

10 Droogmans     Bel Lancia     6:05:31

11 Evans         GB  Ford       6:11:40

12 Eklund        Swe Lancia     6:18:14

13 Gundler       Swe Lancia     6:22:31

14 Metcalfe      GB  Vauxhall   6:26:23

15 Ohba          Jap Mitsubishi 6:29:50

16 Frankland     GB  Peugeot    6:30:55

17 Aitken-Walker GB  Vauxhall   6:41:43

18 Kaby          GB  Daihatsu   6:43:50

19 Cox           GB  Opel       6:46:40

20 Smith *       GB  Lancia     6:46:50

21 Thompson *    GB  Mitsubishi 6:47:11

22 Bell *        GB  Ford       6:49:50

23 Furber        GB  Peugeot    6:51:53

24 Haugland      Hol Skoda      6:52:22

25 Wiggins *     GB  Vauxhall   6:55:08

26 Iwashita *    Jap Nissan     6:56:50

27 Menzies *     GB  Ford       7:02:54

28 Burns         GB  Peugeot    7:03:52

29 Cree *        GB  Vauxhall   7:04:41

30 Shields *     GB  Toyota     7:06:53

31 Whitehurst *  GB  Toyota     7:07:08

32 Beuzelin *    Fr  Peugeot    7:10:19

33 Waite *       GB  Toyota     7:11:59

34 Wedgebury     GB  Skoda      7:13:19

35 S Green *     GB  Vauxhall   7:14:30

36 Brookes       GB  Ford       7:14:56

37 Golding       GB  Toyota     7:17:33

38 Jones *       GB  Mitsubishi 7:22:19

39 Saint *       GB  Toyota     7:22:28

40 B Green *     GB  Ford       7:25:39

41 Firkin        GB  Ford       7:25:44

42 Armstong *    GB  Volkswagen 7:30:16

43 Easson        GB  Ford       7:30:54


* - denotes amateur






RETIREMENTS



DRIVER           CAR               STAGE


J McRae      GB  Ford      off        3

G Currie     GB  Lancia    stub axle  3

V Wetton     GB  VW        belt       3

J McCullagh  GB  Daihatsu  engine     3

J Williams   GB  Mazda     engine     3

R Roberts    GB  Vauxhall  off        5

H Eriksson   Swe Peugeot   crownwhl   7

R Moore      GB  Lancia    rolled    10

H Mikkola    Fin Mazda     engine    12

T Makinen    Fin Mitsub'i  gearbox   12

I Calvin     GB  Vauxhall  driveshft 12

J Murray     GB  Peugeot   engine    12

G Trelles    Urg Lancia    rolled    13

P Wambergue  Fr  Peugeot   off       13

E Price      GB  Mazda     diff      13

C Sisson     GB  Ford      suspen'n  13

C Armstrong  GB  Peugeot   gearbox   13

A Wood       GB  Toyota    turbo     13

M Alen       Fin Subaru    engine    14

M Sundstrom  Fin Mazda     head      14

D Beaumont   GB  Mazda     engine    14

G Taft       GB  Mazda     diff      15

G Samuel     GB  Suzuki    driveshft 15

P Airikkala  Fin Ford      rolled    16

M Brown      GB  Peugeot   head      16

G Stewart    GB  Vauxhall  off       20

C Barber     GB  Vauxhall  off       21

A Elliott    GB  Audi      OTL       21

M Higgins    GB  Suzuki    engine    22

D Mann       GB  Toyota    gearbox   22

P Stephenson GB  Ford      diff      22

D Collyer    GB  Vauxhall  withdrawn 22

K Kanao      Jpn Mazda     gearbox   23

J Orford     GB  Toyota    off       23

S Coupe      GB  Lancia    wishbone  23

D Holland    GB  Ford      axle      23

R Jude       GB  Peugeot   gearbox   23

T Salonen    Fin Mazda     off       24

M Wilson     GB  Ford      cambelt   24

S Chapman    GB  Vauxhall  valve     24

R Gillingham GB  Vauxhall  clutch    24

K Curran     GB  Lancia    gearbox   24

J-F Favodon  Fr  Peugeot   sump      24

D Warwick    GB  Subaru    off       25

M Kernahan   GB  Seat      engine    25

T Godwin     GB  Fiat      stopped   25

R Griffin    GB  Peugeot   off       26

A Tordoff    GB  Peugeot   electrics 28

A Vatanen    Fin Mitsub'i  off       30

O Stromberg  Swe Saab      off       30

J Milner     GB  Peugeot   stopped   30

K Skidmore   GB  Vauxhall  whl studs 30

S Petch      GB  Toyota    suspen'n  30

P Cooper     GB  Vauxhall  stub axle 30

S Harington  GB  Peugeot   sump      30

M Yamada     Jpn Isuzu     rolled    30

S Teather    GB  Toyota    OTL       31

B Smith      GB  Vauxhall  driveshft 32

J Kankkunen  Fin Lancia    off       34

N Vigroux    Fr  Peugeot   off       35

A Nevitt     GB  Peugeot   off       35

R Head       GB  Honda     off       37












21.12.90 - F1
Frenchman Alain Prost, three times world Formula One champion, looks set to race for Ferrari again next season. Prost, who was considering quitting the sport, is said to have extended his contract with the Italian team to 1992. He had been upset over the crash with arch-rival Ayrton Senna in the Japanese GP which cost him the 1990 world title. Prost will team up with newly-signed young Frenchman Jean Alesi next year. Ferrari have not confirmed the report but an announcement is expected shortly.

Italy's Formula One star Alessandro Nannini, badly injured in a helicopter accident towards the end of the season, could make a racing comeback in 1992. Nannini has been told he has a 65 per cent chance of regaining full use of his right arm, severed in the crash. "I will have to wait until March for a clearer idea about my future but I am really confident," said the 31-year-old. Roberto Moreno has taken his place for next season but Benetton have said Nannini will get his job back in 1992 if he proves fit enough.