Sect. 13, Maili Tisa: Makinen wins!

Tommi Makinen has won the Safari Rally, finishing Section 13, Maili Tisa, five minutes clear of his closest rival Harri Rovanpera. The four-time world champion conquered the toughest rally on the WRC calendar with a total time of 8h58m37s and now has a 10-point lead in the championship after Colin McRae retired on the first day

Sect. 13, Maili Tisa: Makinen wins!

Francois Delecour was quickest through the 71.83km test, but the Ford driver had to settle for fourth place overall after failing to catch the flying Skoda of Armin Schwarz, who held on to his well-deserved third place overall by setting the second fastest time through Maili Tisa.

It is Skoda's highest ever finish in a World Rally event, however the Czech team's result will be tinged with disappointment after second driver Bruno Thiry crashed his Octavia on the final stage. Both Thiry and co-driver Stephan Prevot were airlifted to hospital, though this is thought to be a precautionary measure and neither is seriously injured. Thiry was in fifth place at the time, but his crash has elevated the second Mitsubishi of Freddy Loix up to fifth. Loix was fourth fastest through the section.

Harri Rovanpera nursed his Peugeot 206 WRC to second place overall with the fifth fastest time on Maili Tisa. The Finn broke two drive shafts on the final stage so will be more than happy to grab six points for himself and six points for his French team - who had nominated the Finn ahead of Didier Auriol to score manufacturer points in Kenya.

Group N rider Marcos Ligato benefited from the war of attrition that is the Safari Rally - he was sixth fastest through the section in his Mitsubishi Lancer to finish sixth overall.

For Sect. 13, Maili Tisa results click here.

For full live timings table click here.

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