Timo Makinen - the 'Flying Finn' - took the lead on Sunday (17 November) during the second day of the Round-Britain motor Rally organised by Britain's Royal Automobile Club.
GV Cars prepare for start (3 shots)
GV PAN Car No 6 through woods and past camera
GV PAN Car No 8 past camera
GV PAN Car No 1 of Makinen past camera
GV PAN Car No 4 past camera
GV PAN Car No 29 past camera
GV PAN Car No 35 past camera
SV Car No 40 skids off road towards camera and spectators and regains road after skid
GV PAN Car No 48 past camera
CARS THROUGH CIRENCESTER SPEED SECTION INCLUDING MAKINEN AND CHECKPOINT AND SAAB OFF ROAD NARROWLY MISSING SPECTATORS
SPORT - MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: Timo Makinen - the 'Flying Finn' - took the lead on Sunday (17 November) during the second day of the Round-Britain motor Rally organised by Britain's Royal Automobile Club.
Over 60 cars of the 190 which started out on the four-and-a-halfday, 2,215-mile (3,536-km) rally had ???opped out by the end of the day.
The rally is being run throughout the length and breadth of the country on public roads with special speed sections held on private land. There is a maximum 70-miles-an-hour (112kph) speed limit on highways in Britain.
By the end of Sunday's stage, which passed through a special section in Cirencester in central southern England,. the competitors had passed through 36 such speed stages. They had travelled down a long loop from York in the northeast and finished the day back in York.
The rally route then loops again - this time into the lowlands of Scotland and finishes (again in York) on Wednesday (20 November).
Provisional placings at the end of Sunday put Timo Makinen of Finland and Henry Liddon of Sweden in a Ford Escort first; Sandro Munari and Mario Manucci of Italy second in a Lancia; third place went to Per Inge Walfridson and John Jensen in a Volvo.
SYNOPSIS: The annual Round-Britain Rally organised by the Royal Automobile Club passed through a special speed section in the central souther area of the country near Cirencester on Sunday. The rally takes cars over 2,215 miles of roads and special routes through private land in the country and ranges from the lowlands of Scotland to the south. Sunday was the second day of the four-and-a-half-day event.
The Volvo of Swedish drivers Walfridsson and Jensen had led up to this section, but dropped back to third palace by the end of Sunday's stage.
This Swedish/Finnish drive Abarth had stood second, but dropped out of the leaders by the day's end.
Now the Ford Escort of ace driver Timo Makinen- the 'Flying Finn' - and Sweden's Henry Liddon. They started the day in third place, but pulled through the field to lead by 80 seconds.
The gruelling rally is regarded as the leading event of its kind in Europe. This year it attracted over 200 entrants. But the tough conditions had taken a heavy toll. By Sunday's end - and with 36 high-speed stages behind them - 60 cars had dropped out.
Mud on the road was just one hazard...