Motor rallying - and Timo Makinen of Finland has taken the lead in the third stage of the Ivory Coast's Bandama Rally.
Motor rallying - and Timo Makinen of Finland has taken the lead in the third stage of the Ivory Coast's Bandama Rally. This is the tenth time the event has been held since it started in 1969.
SYNOPSIS: At the end of the second stage on Sunday (22 October) Timo Makinen, driving a six-cylinder Peugeot 504, finished in third position.
In the lead was the French driver, Jean-Pierre Nicolas - also in a Peugeot. But, in the third stage, Nicolas did not fare quite as well.
The rally is regarded as one of the most gruelling in Africa, and the tough conditions soon began to take their toll. On Monday (23 October) only six of the 17 crews who started on the third stage of the rally had completed the run by nightfall. The finishing point for this stage was the Ivory Coast town of Yamoussoukro.
Jean-Pierre Nicolas was unable to maintain his lead, and he slid down to second position at the end of the third leg. Another Peugeot driver, simo Lampinen of Finland finished fifth.
The French driver, J. Ragnotti finished third in his Renault Five Alpine. The new leader at the end of the third leg was Timo Makinen, who had moved up from third position to head the field.
The Bandama Rally achieved instant popularity and made world rally history in 1972. In that year, the harsh conditions meant that not a single entrant completed the event.