The 1998 Safari Rally saw Richard Burns take his first WRC win, guaranteed after his team-mate Tommi Mäkinen and Subaru compatriot Colin McRae both retired on Stage 11. With this, Burns was the third British driver to win a WRC event after McRae and Roger Clark.


Results of the 1998 Safari Rally Kenya
Pos No. Driver Co-driver Car Time/retired
1 2 United Kingdom Richard Burns United Kingdom Robert Reid Mitsubishi Carisma GT Evo IV 8:57:34.0
2 7 Finland Juha Kankkunen Finland Juha Repo Ford Escort WRC +9:27.0
3 8 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Fred Gallagher Ford Escort WRC +9:52.0
4 6 France Didier Auriol France Denis Giraudet Toyota Corolla WRC +14:26.0
5 11 Finland Harri Rovanperä Finland Voitto Silander Seat Ibiza GTi 16V Evo2 +2:05:38.0
6 16 Austria Raimund Baumschlager Germany Klaus Wicha Volkswagen Golf GTi 16V +2:20:01.0
Not classified
SS11 1 Finland Tommi Mäkinen Finland Risto Mannisenmäki Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV Cam belt
SS11 3 United Kingdom Colin McRae United Kingdom Nicky Grist Subaru Impreza S4 WRC '98 Engine
SS9 4 Italy Piero Liatti Italy Fabrizia Pons Subaru Impreza S4 WRC '98 Engine

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