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|1998 Safari Rally|
47. International Swedish Rally 1998
|Round 2 of 13 of the 1998 World Rally Championship|
|Dates run||6 – 8 February 1998|
|Overall winner|| Tommi Mäkinen|
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart
|Crews||78 at start, 42 at finish|
The 47th International Swedish Rally was held between 6-8 February 1998.
WRC: Round 2
It was the first World Rally Championship victory of the season for defending champion Tommi Mäkinen. He beat the Toyota Corolla of Carlos Sainz and the Ford Escort WRC of Juha Kankkunen, ensuring that current and former World Rally Champions swept the podium. The home driver Thomas Rådström led for most of the event, but crashed on stage 12, allowing Mäkinen to snatch victory. The Scotsman Colin McRae also went out on stage 12, when electrical gremlins struck his Subaru Impreza WRC.
PWRC: Round 2
The PWRC was also won by Stig-Olov Walfridson. He and fellow Swede Kenneth Bäcklund were the main contenders for overall victory; whilst the Uruguayan defending champion Gustavo Trelles came to grief once again, after being struck by a terminal engine failure on Special Stage 2 which meant he had retired from the second rally in a row. Finishing in third place was Juha Kangas.
|1||1||Tommi Mäkinen||Risto Mannisenmäki||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV||3:32:51.6||10|
|2||5||Carlos Sainz||Luis Moya||Toyota Corolla WRC||+51.6||6|
|3||7||Juha Kankkunen||Juha Repo||Ford Escort WRC||+58.8||4|
|4||4||Kenneth Eriksson||Staffan Parmander||Subaru Impreza S3 WRC '97||+2:31.7||3|
|5||11||Marcus Grönholm||Timo Rautiainen||Toyota Celica GT-Four||+3:29.9||2|
|6||9||Didier Auriol||Denis Giraudet||Toyota Corolla WRC||+4:18.2||1|
- Tomáš Shacki Wanka. "International Swedish Rally 1998". eWRC-results.com. Retrieved 2015-10-05.