Hannu Mikkola of Finland in a Ford Escort on Wednesday (21 November) won the four-day, seventeen hundred mile (2.735km) royal automobile Club (RAC) International Motor Rally.
CU Mannu Mikkola of Finland in Ford Escort (No.1) at start
SV Mikkola leaving start
CU Car No. 6 - Ari Vatanen of Finland leading off in second position in Ford Escort
SV Car No. 10 Russel Brooke of Britain also in Ford Escort, leaving in third position.
SV Car 17 Tony Pond of Great Britain driving a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, in fourth position.
SV Car No. 28 Malcolm Wilson of Britain in Ford Escort in fifth position.
SV Car No. 4 Bjorn Waldegaard of Sweden leaving in ninth position
SV Sign at entrance to Dyfnant Forest in Wales
GV PAN Car No. 1 Mannu Mikkola leading, driving through forest in fog
SV PAN Ari Vatanen following in second place
SV Car 10 (Brooke) in third position
SV Car 17 (Pond) through forest in fourth position.
GV Car skidding on bend in forest
SV Car No. 2 Markku Alen of Finland in Lancia Stratos, tenth
SV Car 32 (Graham Elsmore) of Britain arriving at checkpoint with front flat tyre
SV Car checks in at checkpoint in forest
SV Car 35 (Walter Smolej) of Sweden being checked in and departing (2 shots)
SV Car 44 (Harald Demuth of West Germany) leaving checkpoint
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Background: Hannu Mikkola of Finland in a Ford Escort on Wednesday (21 November) won the four-day, seventeen hundred mile (2.735km) royal automobile Club (RAC) International Motor Rally. Mikkola, aged thirty-seven won for a second year in a run and gave Ford its eighth successive win. Another Ford team member, Britain's russel Brooke came second, and Tino Salonen of Finland in a Datsun was third. On Tuesday morning, half-way through the race, Mikkola was already well ahead.
SYNOPSIS: Mikkola took the lead on Sunday night (18 November) when Markku alen in his Lancia Stratos plunged off the road.
Here at the half-way stage he has a five minute start on the rest of the field.
His nearest rival is fellow Finn and team-mate Ari Vatanen also in a Ford Escort.
Another Ford Escort driver, Britain's Russel Brooke started Tuesday's leg (20 November) in third place. But fellow Britain Tony Pond in a Sunbeam Lotus stole third position later on.
Another Ford Escort, this one driven by Britain's Malcolm Wilson held fifth place on Tuesday morning. But Wilson fell back during the day.
The pre-race favourite, Bjorn Waldegaard of Sweden after early problems, had climbed to ninth place.
As the cars swung through the Dyfnant Forest in Wales, They ran into heavy fog.
The Fords held all but two of the first nine places.
At this point only British driver Tony Pond in a Sunbeam Lotus and Tino Salonen of Finland in a Datsun Violet seemed able to split the Ford domination.
Pond was fourth, then third in his comparatively untried Sunbeam, but was later forced out of the race when he rolled the car.
Markku Alen fought back to tenth place then went on to capture fifth position later in the day. Britain's Graham Elsmore's TR 7 pulls up with a puncture.
Sitting well back in twenty-fourth place Sweden's Walter Smolej in his Audi. Former two-time Ford team winner Roger Clark, later fell victim to a broken valve spring.