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    Motor Rallying.....and fifty-nine cars started in the third Castrol-Asean rally which began in Thailand on?

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    Motor Rallying.....and fifty-nine cars started in the third Castrol-Asean rally which began in Thailand on Saturday (6 January). The nine-day rally will take competitors through some of the roughest roads in Thailand, malaysia and Singapore.

    SYNOPSIS: Cars assembled before the rally in the grounds of the Asia Hotel, Pattaya. Top Japanese driver, Yoshio Iwashima, makes last-minute adjustments to his Mazda. The Ford Escort of leading British driver, Russell Brookes, was one of the favourites for the rally.

    The rally was started by the deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Sunthorn Hongladarom . The winning driver will receive a trophy presented by Thailand's Prime Minister, General Kriangsak.

    This year's rally has a strong number of entries from Europe and Japan. From Pattaya, one hundred and thirty kilometres (eighty miles) south-east of Bangkok, competitors drove north for nine hours to Korat. After a five-hour overnight stop, they were scheduled to drive through the second day route is new to some teams, as the driver of this Fort Escort found out.

    Thirty-nine of the teams taking part are professionals. They are competing in three classes, depending on engine capacity. Drivers will have to contend with unmade roads, little better than farm trucks. Villagers not used to rally cars present a further hazard- especially during the night stages.

    From Bangkok, the rally moves south through Malaysia to Singapore. Special stages on the way include hill-climbing and tests of driving skills. Competitors then return north to Kuala Lumpur, where the rally is scheduled to end on the fourteenth of January.

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