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Loeb still on target in leg two.

''We've had all sorts of problems today,'' said Erikkson, ''in fact, after this morning I'm actually pleased that we're still going. The propshaft problem this morning was so bad, because it basically straight off the line and we couldn't see anything when we went above 30kph.''

At Hyundai Freddy Loix's Accent retired before it could even reach first service this morning. The engine in the Belgian's car lacked oil pressure, and the Hyundai team believes the problem is related to the misfire that it suffered yesterday evening. Armin Schwarz's car ran reliably in the opening test, but he retired when he rolled off the road in SS10.

The German and his navigator Manfred Hiemer were both taken to hospital suffering from shock, and Schwarz was diagnosed with a fractured and dislocated rib.

Armin Schwarz said: ''That was one of the biggest accidents of my career and quite frightening. We had to start SS10 with a right-rear puncture and then I'm not sure what happened. Under braking at about 120kph, we just went off the road to the left. The left-front of the car hit a tree and then we bounced across and got lodged in a tree to the right.''

Of the other entries Belgian Ford driver Francois Duval has stamped his authority on the Junior World Championship section of the event. Overnight leader Sven Haaf succumbed to engine problems early this morning, and his nearest rival Niall McShea crashed heavily this afternoon, leaving the Ulsterman and navigator Michael Orr in hospital for checks.

Duval's chief pursuers are Daniel Sola and Andrea Dallavilla - the latter has been among the quickest in the class today, as he recovers from his problems yesterday.


Rally statistics - Leg two:

Starters: 86 crews (60 Group A and 26 Group N) restarted this morning.

Retirements: Mortl (A), Loix (B), Schwarz (D), Bugalski (F), Solberg (N), Gardemeister (FIN) and 13 other drivers.

Today - Saturday 24 August: Leg 2 started from Trier, Messepark, at 07h30 and covered 586.28km, including 164.50km on eight special stages.

Tomorrow - Sunday 25 August: Leg 3 starts from Trier, Messepark, at 06h30 and covers 362.89km, including 102.93km on seven special stages. The first car is expected to arrive at the finish control in Trier, Porta Nigra, at 16h00.

Weather forecast: Fine and warm, with a chance of showers.


Stage by stage summary - Leg two:


SS9 Maiwald 1 (18.76kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 10m 58.6
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 11m 11.7
3. Solberg (N) Subaru 11m 16.9

Leaders after SS9:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 1h 26m 48.7
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 1h 27m 08.8
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 1h 27m 55.5

SS10 Panzerplatte 1 (35.56kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 21m 27.0
2. Loeb (F) Citroen 21m 34.6
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 21m 44.7

Leaders after SS10:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 1h 48m 23.3
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 1h 48m 53.5
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 1h 49m 22.5

SS11 Maiwald 2 (18.76kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 10m 52.0
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 10m 55.1
3. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 10m 56.0

Leaders after SS11:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 1h 59m 24.7
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 1h 59m 48.6
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 2h 00m 14.5

SS12 Hahlkreuz (8.31kms):
1. Burns (GB) Peugeot 4m 53.3
2. Mäkinen (FIN) Subaru 4m 54.5
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 4m 55.2

Leader after SS12:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 2h 04m 35.7
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 2h 04m 41.9
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 2h 05m 09.7

SS13 Erzweiler 1 (20.87kms):
1. Loeb (F) Peugeot 12m 56.6
2. Delecour (F) Mitsubishi 12m 57.9
3. Sainz (E) Ford 13m 02.8

Leaders after SS13:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 2h 17m 32.3
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 2h 17m 51.1
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 2h 18m 15.5

SS14 Panzerplatte 2 (35.56kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 20m 39.7
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 20m 44.5
3. Loeb (F) Citroen 20m 47.8

Leaders after SS14:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 2h 38m 20.1
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 2h 38m 35.6
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 2h 38m 55.2

SS15 Erzweiler (20.87kms):
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 12m 21.1
2. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 12m 21.3
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 12m 24.2

Leaders after SS15:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 2h 50m 41.2
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 2h 50m 59.8
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 2h 51m 16.5

SS16 Superspecial St Wendel (5.81kms):
1. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 3m 36.5
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3m 37.9
3. Makinen (FIN) Subaru 3m 40.1

Leaders after SS16:
1. Loeb (F) Citroen 2h 54m 27.6
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot +10.1
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot +25.4
4. C.McRae (GB) Ford +2m 14.8
5. Sainz (E) Ford +2m 44.9
6. Thiry (B) Peugeot +3m 21.1
7. Martin (EE) Ford +4m 01.2
8. Delecour (F) Mitsubishi +4m 02.6
9. Makinen (FIN) Subaru +4m 27.0
10. Kremer (D) Ford +5m 46.7






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