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McRae dominates leg one of Argentine rally.

There has been a close fight for honours in the Group N category for more standard machinery. Local driver Gabriel Pozzo has set the pace on the stages, but when his Lancer refused to fire up in service it made him late at the time control and he picked up 20 seconds of penalties. That was enough to give chief rival Marcos Ligato back the class lead, but Pozzo fought back to reclaim the advantage before the day's end. Other fancied Group N runners hit problems: Stig Blomqvist retired with engine failure, while category stalwart Gustavo Trelles lost time with a small accident after suffering brake failure.


Rally statistics:


Starters: 65 cars (22 Group A + 43 Group N) started the rally

Retirements: Rovanperä (FIN), Menzi (RA) + 15 other drivers

Today - Friday 4 May:

The second part of Leg 1 started from Villa Carlos Paz at 07h15 and covered 425.00km including 143.71km on 6 special stages.

Tomorrow - Saturday 5 May:

Leg 2 starts from Villa Carlos Paz at 07h05 and covers 471.65km including 120.43 on 7 special stages. The first car is expected in Villa Carlos Paz at 17h43.

Weather forecast: Staying fine, although there remains the chance of low cloud

Summary of today's action:


SS3 LA FALDA (29.96km):
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 22m 34.4
2. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 22m 51.3
3. Burns (GB) Subaru 22m 56.9

LEADERS AFTER SS3:
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 27m 27.4
2. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 27m 56.5
3. Burns (GB) Subaru 27m 58.9

SS4 ASCOCHINGA 1 (28.83km):
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 18m 39.9
2. Auriol (F) Peugeot 18m 43.5
3. Sainz (E) Ford 18m 43.9

LEADERS AFTER SS4:
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 46m 07.0
2= Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 46m 46.3
2= Sainz (E) Ford 46m 46.3
4. Burns (GB) Subaru 46m 48.9

SS5 CAPILLA DEL MONTE (23.02km):
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 17m 09.1
2. Burns (GB) Subaru 17m 14.7
3. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 17m 18.0

LEADERS AFTER SS5:
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 1h 03m 16.1
2. Burns (GB) Subaru 1h 04m 03.6
3. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 1h 04m 15.2

SS6 SAN MARCOS SIERRA (9.61km):
1. Burns (GB) Subaru 6m 33.6
2. C.McRae (GB) Ford 6m 34.7
3. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 6m 36.5

LEADERS AFTER SS6:
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 1h 09m 50.8
2. Burns (GB) Subaru 1h 10m 37.2
3. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 1h 10m 52.2

SS7 LA CUMBRE (23.46km):
1. Sainz (E) Ford 19m 45.8
2. Delecour (F) Ford 19m 53.3
3. Burns (GB) Subaru 19m 56.5

LEADERS AFTER SS7:
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 1h 29m 54.1
2. Burns (GB) Subaru 1h 30m 33.7
3. Sainz (E) Ford 1h 30m 42.8

SS8 ASCOCHINGA 2 (28.83km):
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 18m 24.2
2. Burns (GB) Subaru 18m 25.7
3. Sainz (E) Ford 18m 32.5

LEADERS AFTER SS8:
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 1h 48m 18.0
2. Burns (GB) Subaru +41.4
3. Sainz (E) Ford +57.3
4. Mäkinen (FIN) Mitsubishi +1m 00.9
5. Auriol (F) Peugeot +1m 35.0
6. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot +1m 45.3
7. Solberg (N) Subaru +1m 50.0
8. Loix (B) Mitsubishi +3m 11.1
9. Delecour (F) Ford +3m 34.3
10. Thiry (B) Skoda +4m 18.9



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