The fourth Qatar motor rally which finished on Friday (October 27) was won by Harry Kallstrom from Sweden driving a Japanese Datsun 160J.
GV PAN car number one, Kallstrom and Bilstram (Datsun) doing special stage through desert
GV PAN car number two, Mehta and Mehta (Datsun) on special stage
GV PAN car number four, Foss and Creed (Colt) on special stage
GV car number five, Bell-Cross and Collier (Toyota) on special stage
SV PAN car number 11, Brewer and Hamilton (Colt) special stage
GV PAN car number 17, Watt and Morrison (Honda) with helicopter overhead passing stage finishing point
GV people standing around waiting for start of next stage
SV car number two at start of stage
SCU car number one at start of stage
SV PAN car number two away from start
GV PAN car number one away from start
GV PAN car number four away from start
GV PAN car number two along unmade road
GV PAN car number one along unmade road
GV PAN car number four along unmade road
SV car number two arriving at finish
SV Kallstrom gets out of car and wipes his face
GV crowd surrounding car
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: The fourth Qatar motor rally which finished on Friday (October 27) was won by Harry Kallstrom from Sweden driving a Japanese Datsun 160J. Following the Cyprus Rally which finished at the beginning of October, the Qatar Rally is the second leg in the Middle East Rally Challenge. The third and fourth legs take place in Dubai and Bahrain with the climax of the competition coming in Kuwait in March 1979.
SYNOPSIS: The final winner Harry Kallstrom in car number one got off to a good start in the first Special Stage. His Datsun team mate, Shekar Mehta, driving car number two was a formidable opponent and together they dominated the rally. Car number four driven by the locally based Mike Foss, overall winner of the Middle East event last year, was among the 27 competitors.
Women drivers have a good record in the event and car 11, a Bahrain entry driven by Jan Brewer and Aileen Hamilton performed well during the special stage. They went on to finish seventh overall and win the Ladies' Prize.
At 700 kilometres (435 miles) this year's course was nearly twice as long as in 1977 and by the beginning of the second day, only 16 of the 27 competitors remained. The Datsun of Shekar Mehta was first away and with team-mate Harry Kallstrom laying in second position, the company's decision to make an all-out effort in the even looked like paying dividends as the cars set off round the north and west coast of Qatar.
The route took cars over some of the toughest terrain of the rally - boulder-strewn desert tracks alternating with fast stretches over hardbaked salt flats. The two Datsuns continued to dominate with all the experience of their world-class drivers needed to counter the sustained challenge of the eventual third, Mike Foss.
After leading almost to the end, Shekar Mehta followed team orders and slowed down to allow Swede Harry Kallstrom to take the honours as the Rally ended in Datsun taking first and second place.