Auriol wins the battle, Juha wins the war

Juha Kankkunen took victory on the Rally Finland, while Didier Auriol salvaged three points by winning the Live TV stage at the end of the event

Auriol wins the battle, Juha wins the war

Kankkunen did just enough to hold off his charging Subaru team-mate Richard Burns. The pair finished 7.7s apart after nearly 380kms of rallying.

Carlos Sainz was 3rd ahead of Marcus Gronholm, who took it easy on the final day to make sure he finished in his Peugeot 206.

Colin McRae has never had a happy time on this event, but this year will rank as one of his most disappointing experiences.

He was happy to be running in a secure 4th place going into leg three, but lost nearly two minutes with an engine problem on the penultimate stage.

With his windscreen covered in oil, the team presumed that a piston was to blame, and prayed it would last long enough for McRae to cover the final 7km stage.

Frustratingly, the Ford Focus gave up just 2km from home and McRae will leave Finland empty-handed, his title hopes now dashed.

Didier Auriol had been off the pace for the whole weekend, so the Toyota team took a gamble and withdrew him from the event this morning.

A centre diff change cured the handling problems that had wrecked his rally, and he duly won the Live TV stage by just 0.8s from Tommi Makinen, taking three useful bonus points as a result.

Result of Live TV stage (top three score points)




























1


Didier Auriol


Toyota Corolla


3m20.4s


2


Tommi Makinen


Mitsubishi Lancer


3m21.2s


3


Toni Gardemeister


SEAT Cordoba


3m23.8s


4


Thomas Radstrom


Ford Focus


3m24.0s


5


Marcus Gronholm


Peugeot 206


3m27.1s



Overall result of the Rally Finland:





















































1


Juha Kankkunen


Subaru Impreza


3h08m54.5s


2


Richard Burns


Subaru Impreza


3h09m04.2s


3


Carlos Sainz


Toyota Corolla


3h09m12.5s


4


Marcus Gronholm


Peugeot 206


3h09m36.7s


5


Harri Rovanpera


SEAT Cordoba


3h10m54.6s


6


Toni Gardemeister


SEAT Cordoba


3h11m44.0s


7


Sebastian Lindholm


Ford Escort


3h12m59.2s


8


Janne Tuohine


Ford Escort


3h17m59.5s


9


Francois Delecour


Peugeot 206


3h18m08.9s


10


Freddy Loix


Mitsubishi Carisma


3h19m33.5s

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