Panizzi wins San Remo Rally

Gilles Panizzi has won the San Remo Rally

Panizzi wins San Remo Rally

Peugeot's 'third' driver beat team-mate Francois Delecour by 16.8s to clinch his second consecutive victory.

Four-times World Champion Tommi Makinen came home third to put himself back into contention for this year's crown, although he would have to win both the remaining rounds with his rivals barely scoring.

Marcus Gronholm's fourth position extends his championship lead over Richard Burns to five points with just the Rally Australia and Rally Great Britain remaining, although these are both events on which Burns traditionally excels.

Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae also remained in the title hunt by taking fifth and sixth places respectively.

The final day was blighted by safety concerns. Markko Martin, the Estonian privateer who will join Subaru in 2001, crashed his Toyota on SS16. Three spectators suffered minor injuries and required medical attention, forcing the organisers to cancel the rest of the stage.

The last test was also curtailed after the FIA safety officials decided that the crowds were too excessive for the rally to proceed safely.

The top six cars managed to complete both stages before the decisions were taken however, so these incidents had no bearing on the final positions.

For full results from the San Remo Rally click here.



1 M Gronholm 49pts
2 R Burns 44pts
3 C McRae 43pts
4 C Sainz 43pts
5 T Makinen 32 pts

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