Finland's Ari Vatanen, driving a special performance Peugeot 250T, stretched his lead to an impressive four minutes on November 27, the third day of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) motor rally.
1. GV PAN Ari Vatanen in Peugeot 205T (car No. 2) weaves its way in daylight along rough country road with wet mud surface 0.11
2. GV PAN Hannu Mikola in Audi Quattro (car No. 3) with headlights on over same section 0.26
3. GV PAN Jimmy McCrae in Opel Manta (car No. 4) over same section 0.45
4. GV PAN Per Eklund in Toyota Celica (car No. 8) over same section 1.05
5. GV PAN Timo Salonen in car No. 7 over same section (Nissan 240RS) 1.21
6. GV PAN Michelle Mouton in Audi Sport Quattro (car No. 6) over same section 1.33
7. GV PAN Roger Clark in car No. 31 over same section 1.48
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Background: CHESTER, U.K.
Finland's Ari Vatanen, driving a special performance Peugeot 250T, stretched his lead to an impressive four minutes on November 27, the third day of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) motor rally. The previous day, the "Flying Finn" had lost the bonnet of his car while racing down a special high-speed section near the Scottish border, but the incident did not slow him down. At the end of Stage 31 -- an overnight stop in Chester -- Vatanen led follow Finnish driver and four-time champion Hannu Mikkola. Third place was held by Frenchwoman Michele Mouton in her Audi Sport Quattro, followed by Jimmy Buffum of the United States in an Audi Quattro plagued by gearbox troubles. Race officials intimated that Vatanen, having opened up what seems to be an insurmountable lead, will probably concentrate on driving safely, while the challengers behind him will be forced to pour on as much speed as possible in order to narrow the Finn's time advantage.