INTRODUCTION: The Rakan Bahrain National Open motor rally was a punishing race.
GV PAN Car No. 1 Mike Foss and Mike Warrington rounding tight corner
GV PAN Car No. 2, Chris Walles and Steve McCormack, going around same bend
GV PAN Car No. 10 Saeed Khalfan of Egypt and John Walker (U.K.) driving along winding course
GV PAN Car No. 8 Ebrahim Mattar of Bahrain and Mohamed Al Dosery of Bahrain, going along course
GV PAN Car No. 1 travelling at high speed along straight road
GV PAN Car No. 2 along same road
GV PAN Car No. 5 Roger Lewis and Philip Watson
GV PAN Car No. climbing over rough terrain
SV Walles and McCormack stand by car after coming second
SV Winner Foss celebrates with champagne by his car
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Rakan Bahrain National Open motor rally was a punishing race. The winning car smashed its suspension and two others drove into the sea on the gruelling 260 kilometre (160 mile) course. Only eight cars out of 25 entrants completed the two-day event, which mixed day and night driving over charging desert terrain, with two hill climbs over rock tracks.
SYNOPSIS: In car Number One were the favourites and eventual winners, Mike Foss and Mike Warrington of the U.K., in a team Zayani Mitsubishi Lancer.
Chris Walles and Steve McCormack, in car number two, were reckoned to have had a good chance. In the end, they came second.
And third were Saeed Khalfan of Egypt and Britain's John Walker in a Land Rover, number ten. They lost their chance after an electrical fire on the second day.
Ebrahim Mattar and Mohamed Al Dosery of Bahrain, in car number eight, dropped from fourth place to finish fifth.
Although Foss and Warrington were to lose six minutes through their accident...Britons Walles and McCormack lost almost the same time through punctures.
Roger Lewis and Philip Watson in number five were fourth to finish.
Foss and Warrington's suspension was smashed when a rock threw them of the ground at high speed, on the hill-climb section.
Walles and McCormack were content to take second place; their Datsun was privately entered, and the engine was built by Walles himself
To the victor, the spoils. Foss had never lost his lead, and, as he celebrated, he said his accident had only cost him 16 seconds.