Belgium's 5-day Liege-Rome-Liege motor rally - "Le Marathon de la Route" - is the most exhausting of all qualifying events in the European Championships.
LV Car arrives at control point Lindau
CU Driver checks in
CU Women driver checks in
CU Time clock
SV Couple seated at table
CU Woman puts on lipstick
SV Driver checks route
LV Car towards, policeman waves car on
CU Sign post 'Osterreich 3.2km'
CU Sign post 'Osterreich' PAN to car passing
LV PAN.. of cars
GV PAN.. Cars along road passing Lake Bregenz
SV Car along street, PAN to children waving
SV Cars towards, PAN to BV. cattle pass along street
CU Man leading cattle
LV Car towards PAN to BV.
SV PAN.. of car
CU artist painting, PAN to car passing
GV cars towards along road
CU PAN..down from sign 'CONFINE DI STATO' to car passing into Italian area
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Belgium's 5-day Liege-Rome-Liege motor rally - "Le Marathon de la Route" - is the most exhausting of all qualifying events in the European Championships. The arduous 3200-mile route entails some 92 hours of non-stop driving and much of it is over difficult mountain roads. On the second day, September 1, competitors travelled from the German control point of Lindau through Austria to Passo de Resia in Italy.
The retirement rate of drivers from the rally is usually about 66 per cent. Next day the competitors - from Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Britain - were due to face a long hazardous drive over Yugoslavian and Italian mountains.