1998 Safari Rally

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1998 Safari Rally
46. Safari Rally Kenya
Round 3 of 13 of the 1998 World Rally Championship season
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Host country  Kenya
Rally base Kenya Nairobi
Dates run 28 February – 2 March 1998
Stages 16 (1,063.49 km; 660.82 mi)
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 2,339.21 km (1,453.52 mi)
Overall winner United Kingdom Richard Burns
United Kingdom Robert Reid
Japan Team Mitsubishi Ralliart
Crews 49[1] at start, 19 at finish

The 1998 Safari Rally (formally the 46th Safari Rally Kenya) was held between 28 February and 2 March 1998. It was the first World Rally Championship victory for Richard Burns and his co-driver Robert Reid after his team-mate Tommi Mäkinen and fellow Briton Colin McRae both retired.



A total of 49 cars gathered in Nairobi for the Safari Rally of 1998. The young Briton, 27-year-old Richard Burns, won stage 1. But his more experienced team-mate, Tommi Mäkinen, snatched the lead in stage 2. He was determined to win for the second time, as 1996's winner. But his hopes were dashed after his timing belt broke, causing him to retire. Burns retained the lead as a result, held it to the end, and won his first WRC rally in his career. It was the Ford Escorts of the Finns Juha Kankkunen and Ari Vatanen, both previous Safari Rally winners, who completed the podium in second and third respectively.


Luis Climent, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III, had his first victory of the year. Manfred Stohl finished behind him in second, and the Kenyan Paul Bailey completed the podium.


Results of the 1998 Safari Rally
Pos No. Driver Co-driver Car Time/retired Pts
1 2 United Kingdom Richard Burns United Kingdom Robert Reid Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo IV 8:57:34.0 10
2 7 Finland Juha Kankkunen Finland Juha Repo Ford Escort WRC +9:27.0 6
3 8 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Fred Gallagher Ford Escort WRC +9:52.0 4
4 6 France Didier Auriol France Denis Giraudet Toyota Corolla WRC +14:26.0 3
5 11 Finland Harri Rovanperä Finland Voitto Silander Seat Ibiza GTi 16V Evo2 +2:05:38.0 2
6 16 Austria Raimund Baumschlager Germany Klaus Wicha Volkswagen Golf GTi 16V +2:20:01.0 1
7 18 Spain Luis Climent Spain Álex Romani Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III +2:28:03.0 0
8 12 Austria Kris Rosenberger Sweden Per Carlsson Volkswagen Golf Kit Car +2:45:47.0 0
9 19 Kenya Marco Brighetti Kenya Abdul Sidi Subaru Impreza 555 +2:56:01.0 0
10 21 Uganda Karim Hirji Uganda Frank Nekusa Toyota Celica GT-Four +3:03:29.0 0

Source: Independent WRC archive[2]


  1. ^ http://www.ewrc-results.com/startlist.php?e=138&t=Safari-Rally-Kenya-1998
  2. ^ "Safari Rally". juwra.com. Independent WRC archive. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 

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