Motor rallying...and Swedish pair Harry Kallstrom and Claes Bilstam, who started favourites, won the second?
Motor rallying...and Swedish pair Harry Kallstrom and Claes Bilstam, who started favourites, won the second Bahrain International Rally on Friday (19 January) in a works Datsun. Second were Bahrain Motor Club members, Mike Foss and Keiran Creed, in a Lancer GSR. The rally was in two sections: one hundred and fifty kilometres (93.7 miles) of night desert driving, a short rest, and then the final three hundred and fifty kilometres (218.7 miles) in daylight and mostly through desert.
SYNOPSIS: The second stage begins. Here are Kallstrom and Bilstam setting off from the Bahrain Hilton, who co-sponsored the event with Rothmans. Then Foss and Creed, and two other Persian Gulf competitors, Dave Ovey and Brian Caron. This section comprised twelve stages, mostly through the south of Bahrain, which is a small island in the Persian Gulf between Qatar Peninsula and the Hasa coast of Saudi Arabia. This year, thirty-four cars completed, including some from countries as far a part as Sweden and East Africa.
Foss in action. He is the current Middle East champion and won this rally last year.
In car number nineteen were Norwegian Gudvin Tofter and Briton Brian Clarke, driving an Int. Scout. They eventually finished fifth, just over thirty penalty points behind the winners.
The cars finished where they had started -- outside the Hilton. The crowd were hardly surprised to see Kallstrom and Bilstam, a canny pair of professionals, heading the field home. Ovey was second across the finish line, but finally placed third on penalty points. Then a big cheer for Foss. In this heat, the winners' champagne never tasted better.