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Subaru World Rally Team

McRae sets sights on China Rally double

The pacesetter in this year's World Rally Championship, Scot Colin McRae, will return to defend his 555 China Rally crown at Huairou, north of Beijing next month.

Tuesday, 12 May, 1998, 12:00am

Leader Liatti's challenge comes back to earth with a crash

Front-running Piero Liatti crashed spectacularly out of the 555 Hong Kong-to-Beijing Rally yesterday and was followed moments later by Hong Kong's main hope, Michael Lieu, at the same place.

Liatti and co-driver Fabrizia Pons won the opening two stages on day one but the challenge ended on stage five when they failed to take a high speed left hand bend.

21 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Pons criticises 'dangerous' itinerary

Motorsport's foremost female competitor, Italian Fabrizia Pons, may quit the sport next year in protest over what she believes is a dangerous increase in the number of events proposed for the World Rally Championship.

6 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Final stage falls foul of weather

ORGANISERS were forced to cancel the third and final stage of the 555 Hong Kong Beijing Rally yesterday as the wet weather conditions finally conspired to slow the march of the event to the mainland capital today.

20 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Fleet on spying mission

AN international fleet of around 40 cars embarked on a key reconnaissance mission yesterday for next month's 555 Hong Kong-Beijing Rally.

Among those participating in the recee were last year's respective winner and second place holder, Possum Bourne and Richard Burns, who have built up a friendly rivalry in preparation for the gruelling event.

22 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Race gains prestige of Asia link-up

THE fifth 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally is a significant landmark for the event.

For the first time, the race forms one of the legs of the prestigious Asia-Pacific Championship and, as a consequence, factory-backed teams are fielding their best drivers and cars.

21 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Doctor drives team to top performance

FORTY minutes behind the wheel of a rally car is as exhausting as a no-holds-barred game of squash, so drivers and their navigators must maintain high levels of fitness to ensure success.

21 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Rally aces get in gear for Beijing

WORLD car rally aces Colin McRae and Ari Vatanen were in top form yesterday at the opening ceremony of an exhibition to celebrate the 555 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally.

After a six-year lull, the 3,800-kilometre odyssey roars into action again on Saturday, taking competitors through six provinces of the Middle Kingdom rarely seen by outsiders.

17 Oct 1993 - 12:00am