Finish line in sight from top of world

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 October, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 October, 1993, 12:00am

ARI's on top of the world again, and it has been a long time between wins.

In fact it was the 1990 Paris-Dakar when I last won a rally and way back in 1985 when I won an event with special stages.

Now that's not saying I may not strike bad luck with two stages remaining but my teammate Colin McRae would have to push beyond the limit to catch me with only 14 kilometres of special stages on tarmac.

Over the years I have donated more rallies to my colleagues than any other rally driver in the world and I'm not about to add to my mishaps in Acropolis and New Zealand this year when I gave it away on a plate.

Rallying is about confidence and mental toughness.

I've known for years that I have the skills, but putting it all together is another thing. As a driver I walk on a tightrope where many people have a platform.

One tiny mistake and it is all over.

But to be honest if I could do it all over again I would probably be much the same. I often get carried away.

I have my wife Rita to thank for providing a moderating influence.

Without her over the past 15 years, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the success I've had.

She has never stopped me driving, even after my serious accident in Argentina in 1985. In fact she has been on two rallies with me just to see what it is like.

I ring her every day when I'm away from home but I couldn't yesterday because she was away from home with one of my daughters. Hopefully I will have even better news for her today.

My business can often be thankless because everything hangs by that thread. Good news is overdue!