The final round of the R.A.C. World Rally championships -- the Lombard R.A.C. Rally -- started in the city of Chester on November 25.
1. GV Car No. 2 (Ari Vatanen) leaving starting point in Chester through town streets 0.06
2. GV Car No. 3 (Hannu Mikkola) away from start, through streets 0.15
3. GV Car No. 6 (Michael Mouton) leaving start with spectators around 0.20
4. GV PAN Car No. 2 on first stage rounding bends 0.30
5. GV Car No. 3 on route through forest 0.36
6. GV PAN Car No. 2 through water and around curves 0.43
7. GV PAN Car No. 3 through water pan 0.51
8. GV PAN Car No. 4 (Jimmy McCrae) through water followed by car No. 6 through water (2 shots) 1.05
9. GV Car No. 2 around bends, through village, watched by race officials at Stage 5 1.15
10. GV No. 3 through special stage 1.23
11. GV Car No. 5 (Bjorn Waldegaard) through special stage No. 5 1.34
12. GVs Watched by race officials, car No. 2 in evening stage (2 shots) 2.00
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: CHESTER, U.K.
The final round of the R.A.C. World Rally championships -- the Lombard R.A.C. Rally -- started in the city of Chester on November 25. World champion Stiq Blomqvist's absence was supposed to give a boost to the Peugeot team's hopes of breaking the Audi Quattro's dominance of this year's event. Ari Vatanen's Peugeot 205, car No. 2, moved away from the starting line, followed by Hannu Mikkola in his powerful Audi Quattro. French woman driver Michele Mouton, in car No. 6, also got cleanly away from the starting line. With spectators and race officials lining the initial stages of the route, the drivers pushed their specially-modified machines through tortuous bends and water splashes on forest tracks. The five-day rally has one hundred and fifty competing drivers, and after a two thousand mile (3,200 kilometre) route through Scotland, England and Wales, ends back in Chester, British and Scandinavian drivers were strongly represented; Briton Jimmy McCrae in car No. 4 and Sweden's Bjorn Waldegaard (car no. 5) were among the world championship contenders. The race includes about five hundred and fifty miles (880 kilometres) in special high speed stages, in addition to night driving and mountain routes.