Finland's Tommi Makinen has been disqualified from the Rally Australia just 24 hours after he won the event. The four-time world champion was punished after it was discovered the turbocharger on his Mitsubishi Lancer did not conform with rule specifications. However, officials at the event said it was an honest mistake and no further action will be taken against Makinen or Mitsubishi. Makinen's disqualification means that fellow Finn Marcus Gronholm becomes the Rally Australia winner and as a result extends his lead in the world championship to nine points over Britain's Richard Burns.
There's only one round remaining in the world championship - the RAC Rally of Britain - and only Burns has any hope of passing out Gronholm for the driver's title. However, he will need to win the final rally and hope that the Peugeot driver fails to score by finishing outside the top six.
Filed by Amanda Fennelly