Ivory Coast's sixth three-day Bandama motor rally got underway on Friday (27 December). 51 cars left the starting point just outside the capital, Abidjan.
GV Cars lined up
SV Car No. 44, Henri Pescarolo in alpine Renault towards start line
SV Cars at start
LV PAN Car No. 23 (frist away) Hannu Mikkola in peugeot 504
SV PAN Car. No. 24 starts, Timo Makinen in 504
SV Officials at start
SV PAN Car No. 4 away, Harry Kalstrom in Datsun 108 B
SV PAN Car No. 44 away, Henri Pescarolo in Alpine Renault 1800
SV PAN Car No. 50 away, Richard Bochicek in volkswagen 13025
SV Car No. 43, Shekar Mehta in Alpine Renault 1800 away
Initials BB/1812 JW/JB/BB/1756
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Background: Ivory Coast's sixth three-day Bandama motor rally got underway on Friday (27 December). 51 cars left the starting point just outside the capital, Abidjan.
After speed trials two days before, the field was led at the start by the Finnish drivers Hanu Mikkola and Timo Makinen, both driving Peugeot 504s. Next away was Swaden's Harry Kalstrom in a Datsun 180 B.
The 26-stage, 5,000 kilometre (3,107-mile) rally is one of the toughest in the calendar and 35 teams representing 27 countries are taking part.
Latest reports indicate that the flying finns led the field after the first day's driving. Only 28 cars remained at the end of this 1,188-kilometre (736-mile) Abidjan to Yamoussokro section.
By the end of the day, Kalstrom had dropped to sixth place, six minutes ahead of French Formula One Grand Prix driver Henri Pescarolo, also driving a Datsun 180 B. Another Peugeot 504 -- driven by Bernard Consten -- of Frence, was fourth.
Kenya's Shekar Mehta -- well favoured in this rally and winner of the 1971 East African Safari -- came in eight, driving an Alpine Renault.
SYNOPSIS: In a rural area just outside Ivory Coast's capital, Abidjan, cars prepare for the start of the 5,000-kilometre, three-day Bandama rally. This 26-stage rally -- one of the toughest in the calendar -- attracted 35 teams from 27 countries for the start on Friday.
First away is one of the flying Finns -- Hannu Mikkola in a Peugeot 504 ...
Next, his compatriot Timo Makinen, also in a 504.
This is the sixth Bandama rally to be held in the Ivory Coast and its' attracted many top drivers, including Sweden's Harry Kalstrom, who's away third in a Datsun 108 B.
Another star name -- Formula One Grand Prix driver Henri Pescarolo of France in an Alpine Renault. In all, 51 cars started ... but only 28 finished this first 1,188-kilometre section. Leaders at the end of the day were the Finns Makinen and Mikkola (in that order). Kalstrom had dropped to sixth place.