McRae sets world record with Safari win

 

Scotland’s Colin McRae has won Kenya's challenging Safari Rally, the eighth round of the world championship, for a world record 25 victories.

The Ford Focus driver finished the third and final day ahead of Finland's Harri Rovanpera, in a Peugeot, and Citroen driver Thomas Radstrom of Sweden during a testing event where just 13 cars out of 48 finished.

A month after winning in Greece, his first success for a year, McRae managed to gain his 25th career victory, one ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz and Tommi Makinen of Finland.

Safari Rally, Kenya

Provisional final result: 1 Colin McRae (Gbr) Ford 7hrs 58mins 28.0secs, 2 Harri Rovanpera (Fin) Peugeot at 2mins 50.9secs, 3 Thomas Radstrom (Swe) Citroen at 18:38.6, 4 Markko Martin (Est) Ford at 21:28.0, 5 Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Citroen at 21:48.1, 6 Gilles Panizzi (Fra) Peugeot at 34:41.0, 7 Roman Kresta (Cze) Skoda at 54:38.1, 8 Juha Kankkunen (Fin) Hyundai at 1:11:31.5, 9 Alister McRae (Gbr) Mitsubishi at 1:17:13.2, 10 Karamjit Singh (Mal) Proton at 2:29:27.2

Championship points

Drivers: 1 Gronholm 37, 2 McRae 30, 3 Sainz 23, 4 Panizzi 21, 5 Burns 19, 6 Rovanpera 18, 7 Solberg 15, 8 Makinen 14, 9 Loeb 8, 10= Martin & Bugalski 7

Manufacturers: 1 Peugeot 83, 2 Ford 69, 3 Subaru 35, 4 Skoda 8, 5 Mitsubishi 7, 6 Hyundai 6