Burns takes dominant Safari victory

Richard Burns has won the Safari Rally for the second time in three years

Burns takes dominant Safari victory

The African classic was the scene of his first victory at WRC level back in 1998.

Burns has controlled this year's Safari throughout, benefiting from superb Subaru reliability.

His win, backed by team-mate Juha Kankkunen's second place, moves Subaru into the lead of the manufacturers championship.

Burns has now leapt to second in the drivers standings, only four points behind series leader Tommi Makinen, who retired early from this event.

Didier Auriol matched SEAT's best WRC result by taking third place, ahead of the Fords of Carlos Sainz and Petter Solberg.

Sainz took fourth place from his young Norweigan team-mate when Solberg slowed on the final stage.

Toshihiro Arai was the first non-works driver in sixth place after a consistently impressive performance.

Both Skoda's took home manufacturers' points. Armin Schwarz and Luis Climent did spectacularly well to finish seventh and eighth on the Czech team's first visit to this notoriously demanding event.

Final positions from the Safari Rally











































1


Richard Burns


Subaru Impreza


8h33m13s


2


Juha Kankkunen


Subaru Impreza


8h37m50s


3


Didier Auriol


SEAT Cordoba


8h55m57s


4


Carlos Sainz


Ford Focus


9h01m31s


5


Petter Solberg


Ford Focus


9h04m40s


6


Toshihiro Arai


Subaru Impreza


9h18m06s


7


Armin Schwarz


Skoda Octavia


9h32m11s


8


Luis Climent


Skoda Octavia


9h51m13s

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