The opening stages of the 18th International Moroccan Motor Rally's first leg saw the lead shared by four drivers from Finland and one each from Sweden and West Germany.
GV Moroccan hills ZOOM INTO Car moving along track
SV Car No. 10 rounds bend and moves past
SV Car No. 15 passing on dirt road
GV Car No. 9 driving over rough hilly track
SV Car No. 17 up and past
ZOOM IN MV Car No. 62 (Citron) on fire (2 shots)
CU Names of driving team on fender of car PULL OUT TO Damaged car No. 22
CU Number of car 22 on dented roof
SV Car No. 8 driving past
SV Car No. 8 up and past in cloud of dust
SV Car No. 7 up and past in dust
SCU Car No. 10 driving along track
MV Car No. 5 up and past and away
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SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: The opening stages of the 18th International Moroccan Motor Rally's first leg saw the lead shared by four drivers from Finland and one each from Sweden and West Germany.
Before reaching the overnight stopover at Fez on the 1,982-kilometre leg from ??? to Marrakech, the field had been reduced to 88 cars from the original 105 entrants. Of those, 15 were knocked-out in the pre-rally run from Casablanca to Rabat.
The field is dominated by French-made cars. A total of 14 manufacturers from 12 countries are represented in the event, which is regarded as the best in the Arab world. Drivers and vehicles have to cover a distance of 4,083 kilometres (2,537 miles), including the final stage over difficult desert tracks through the Atlas Mountains.
In the lead in the early stages was Markku Alen (Finland) and Bo Waldegaard (Sweden), both in Fiats; they were followed by H. Nikkola (Finland) in a Paugeot and N. Rohrl (West Germany) in an Opel-Ascona; T. Makinen (Finland) and R. Aaltonen (Finland), both in Peugeots were next in the order of running.