The Finnish team of Timo Makkinen and co-driver Henry Liddon of Britain were leading after the second stage of the Ivory Coast's Eighth Bandama Motor Rally on Friday (17 December).
CU Plate on front of car "Bandama Rally" PAN TO MV cars lined up
MV Car No. 35 away at start and through bend (2 shots)
MV Car No. 3 through bend
MV Car No. 43 away from start and through bend (3 shots)
MV Car No. 20 away from start through bends (3 shots)
MV Car No. 34 past from start and through bends (2 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR RALLY
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Background: The Finnish team of Timo Makkinen and co-driver Henry Liddon of Britain were leading after the second stage of the Ivory Coast's Eighth Bandama Motor Rally on Friday (17 December).
SYNOPSIS: Trials were held at the Djibi course in the outskirts of the capital, Abidjan, on Tuesday (14 December). They determined the order in which the 55 competitors would leave the starting line. The French team of Cerf and Regnier were in a Toyota. The competitors had 3,125 miles (5,000 kms) to go -- 2,500 miles (4,000 kms) of it along tracks.
Another French entry, Fournier and Chantrell in an Opel. The Bandama Rally started on Thursday (16 December) after these pre-selection trials had been held. It lasts four days with a separate wide loop through the Ivory Coast countryside each day.
Hugueny driving a Citroen C-X. Mikkola and Makkinen of Finland and Nicolas and Pescarola of France are favourites to win the race. They are driving Peugeot 504's as are 17 other competitors.
Manno Mikkola and his co-driver got away to a good start but their time was not good enough. It was countryman Timo Makkinen who earned the right to start first in the rally.
The rally is due to end on Sunday.
On Friday, Makkinen and Liddon had gone into the second stage first ahead of Frenchmen Jean-Pierra Nicolas and Lefebvre also in a Peugeot 504.