As the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship progressed into its longest leg with stages to the west of the event's base in Kemer, Carlos Sainz moved his Citroen Xsara WRC to the head of the field on the tenth stage.

Previous incumbent of the number one spot Harri Rovanpera, suffered suspension failure after a collision with some rocks two kilometres into the Myra test.

Rovanpera had been 22.8 seconds ahead of Sainz when they went into the stage, but the Finn's problem cost him close to eight minutes and his place in the top ten. He would retire from the event after the day's final stage.

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Sainz was on fine form through the second leg, fastest on three of the day's seven stages to build a lead of 1m 19.5s by the close of play. Richard Burns enjoyed a similarly trouble-free day, to climb four places into the runners-up spot, with Ford's Francois Duval maintaining his leg one pace to take third. The Belgian had lost his podium position to Makinen on the second stage of the day, but suspension damage dropped the Subaru driver back down the field. Colin McRae moved in the opposite direction to hold fourth ahead of Gilles Panizzi and Toni Gardemeister.

Kosti Katajamaki took over the lead of the FIA Junior World Rally Championship category in his Volkswagen, following a power steering problem late in the day for Daniel Carlsson.

The two remaining Citroen Xsara WRCs of Sainz and McRae ran reliably. Sebastien Loeb retired yesterday morning when his car ran out of fuel.

Despite his status as rally leader, Sainz was refusing to make any predictions about a possible 25th FIA World Rally Championship win. The Spaniard had set a blistering time through SS10, beating the rest of the field by 25 seconds. On the next stage, however, he suffered a puncture and an overshoot at one junction. Sainz ends Saturday's stages with a 1m 19.5 second advantage over Richard Burns.

McRae was happier with the set-up of his car, having stiffened the suspension. McRae spun in stages eight and ten and admitted he was backing off in some places, particularly towards the end of SS11.

Sainz said: ''I'm still not 100 percent confident in the car, but it is getting better with every kilometre. Tomorrow there is five stages, so we will see where we are then. There's not a lot more for me to say, except that I'm happy now.''

McRae added: ''The end of that 11th stage was atrocious. It was fast downhill for about four kilometres and there were big, big rocks everywhere - at that speed you just had to run over them. This is going to take its toll on the competitors, the difficult thing is trying to make sure it doesn't take its toll on us. The spin in stage ten cost us about 20 seconds, we had to reverse to get the car turned around.''

At Peugeot the 206 WRCs of Burns and Marcus Gronholm ran reliably, but Rovanpera's car suffered suspension failure on SS10. He retired three stages later with further suspension trouble.

Rovanpera dropped to 11th overall after hitting the rocks on the tenth stage. He attempted repairs after the stage, but there was nothing he could do as the right-rear damper had burst through its mounting. The Finn dropped another three minutes through the 20-kilometre Kemer test. Rovanpera then retired on the final stage of the day when the suspension problems re-occurred.

After the first two stages of the day, Burns said he thought a podium position could be possible, two stages later he was there. The tenth stage wasn't without incident, however, as he slid off the road briefly. Gronholm moved up the order from an overnight 19th to hold 11th at the end of the leg.

Rovanpera said: ''We went into a third-gear left-hand corner, slid a little sideways and smashed into the rocks. We weren't taking any risks or doing anything stupid - this is just Turkey, with rocks everywhere - or maybe it is just my luck at the moment, I thought I had left this behind in Sweden.''

Burns continued: ''We stalled when we slid off on SS10 and then we had to reverse, so we dropped time there. This is a rally where it really pays to be sensible. Top two or three stages times will pay off by the end of the event.''

Gronholm added: ''There is nothing to talk about today, we haven't had any problems. We went off the road after 15km of SS10 - but that's about all.''

Over at Ford meanwhile the oil-pressure warning light came on in Markko Martin's car during the middle loop of stages, but it didn't appear to cause any problems, while the steering on Duval's Focus RS WRC was damaged on SS9. He also suffered from a sticking throttle in SS13.

Duval started the day well, closing the gap between himself and Sainz to less than one second. Unfortunately for the Belgian, he spun in the next test and dropped back to fourth behind Makinen. Burns passed Duval in the tenth stage, but by then both Rovanpera and Makinen had hit trouble, so the Belgian retained third.

Martin continued his climb back up the leaderboard after his gearbox troubles on the opening leg. The Estonian moved into the top ten and ended the day in seventh place.

Duval commented: ''It was my mistake on the second stage this morning. I had to reverse three times to get the car straight and then it stalled twice. It was frustrating. On the stage where Tommi had his problem, I caught him up, but he moved over and didn't cost us time. In the afternoon it was hard to turn the car after I'd hit something and damaged the steering.''

Martin noted: ''We're getting closer to Freddy Loix and Toni Gardemeister with every stage, but I think that's as good as it can get for us. Stage 11 was terrible, it was like driving down a field with rocks rather than a road.''

The Subaru Impreza of Tommi Makinen suffered suspension trouble this morning after hitting a rock on the second stage. He hit another rock on SS10 and smashed the wishbone on the front-right wheel. Solberg had retired yesterday with suspension trouble.

Makinen moved past Duval and into third place on the second stage of the day, despite the left-front suspension damage. The four-times world champion posted second fastest time on the ninth stage, opening up a 12.1 second advantage over Duval, only to lose it when he clouted a rock on a fifth-gear downhill stretch. The impact smashed the front-right wishbone and tore a hole in the wheel arch where the suspension part was fixed to the car. Makinen stopped after the stage and tried to repair the damage using the strap used to keep the spare wheel in the car. The repair broke soon after the start of the stage, but he made it through the stage, but dropped over three minutes. He ended the day in eighth place.

Makinen said: ''The rock was right in the middle of the road in stage ten, there was nothing we could do. We managed to get it to the start of the next stage, but then I felt the strap break not far in. I drove very, very slowly through there after that. The front wheel was moving about a lot. I think our best chance of making up any places now comes with the weather, it would be good for us if it rained tomorrow.''

Hyundai's Armin Schwarz retired with suspension damage on the first stage of the day. Freddy Loix's throttle problems continued this morning and the Belgian suffered a blown turbo on the day's final stage.

Schwarz's car stopped in the first stage of the day. The rear suspension ball post broke and the wheel jammed back into the arch. Schwarz attempted to continue through the stage, but was forced to stop when a driveshaft broke.

Loix said the sticking throttle on his car was getting worse. The team changed numerous parts at the lunchtime service, but to no avail. To make matters worse, turbo failure cost him even more time in the second run through Kumluca. Loix had started the day 11th and then hovered around seventh and eighth place throughout the day, eventually ending Saturday in ninth.

Loix said: ''It is so hard to drive the car with the throttle problem. When you are trying to brake the car just wants to go straight on. Every time I get to the finish of the stage without spinning or going off the road I have to congratulate myself, it is like a victory. The team has changed so many things, but we still don't know what the trouble is.''

Toni Gardemeister's Skoda Octavia WRC broke a wishbone on the opening stage of the day, but was otherwise reliable. Didier Auriol retired yesterday, on the road section back to final service, with a blown engine.

Despite reporting some icy patches on the opening stage, Gardemeister moved into the top ten in stage seven. At service after the following stage, he made changes to stiffen the car's suspension - and immediately felt the car was better suited to the Turkish stages.

Gardemeister, who ended the day in sixth, said: ''The car was better this afternoon, but it is still sliding around a little bit too much for me. The traction is still not right, we need more, but this is the best the car has been for the whole rally. There are still so many rocks around, it is terrible trying to drive around them - that was why we broke the wishbone first thing this morning. I enjoyed that last stage, I was faster and there was more grip.''

Of the other entries power steering failure on the final stage of the day cost FIA Junior World Rally Championship leader Daniel Carlsson six minutes. The problem for the Suzuki driver started just five kilometres into the test. Carlsson stopped on the stage and attempted to fix the problem, but couldn't do anything. He dropped to third place.

Kosti Katajamaki thus moved to the head of the field despite his own power steering problem earlier in the day. The Volkswagen Polo man now enjoys a 2m 17s lead over Guy Wilks. Wilks was glad to get to the end of the leg following a worsening gearbox problem in his Ford Puma.

Gilles Panizzi maintained his impressive pace to keep fifth place overnight. The Frenchman was happy with his efforts on most of the stages, save for SS11 where he went off the road for one minute. Juuso Pykalisto made it two Bozian-run Peugeot 206 WRCs in the top ten. Pykalisto broke a roll bar on the tenth stage and struggled with bad understeer after that. The other problem for Marcus Gronholm's protege was the rate he was using his Michelin tyres. Running a 2000-specification car, he didn't have the latest transmission which makes more economical use of tyres.

Rally statistics - Leg 2:

Starters: 40 crews (37 Group A and 3 Group N) started this morning.

Retirements: Schwarz (D), Rovanpera (FIN) and 10 other drivers.

Today - Saturday 1 March: The second leg started from Kemer at 06h00 and covered 483.35km, including 158.52km on seven stages.

Tomorrow - Sunday 2 March: Leg 3 starts from Kemer at 07h00 and covers 320,95km, including 84,01km on five stages. The first car is expected to arrive at the finish in Kemer at 15h23.

Weather forecast: Rain expected overnight, possibly continuing into tomorrow.

Stage by stage summary - Leg 2:

SS7 Olympos 1 (20.44kms)
1. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 16m 45.1
2. Duval (B) Ford 16m 48.1
3. Makinen (FIN) Subaru 16m 54.0

Leaders after SS7:
1. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 1h 31m 35.6
2. Sainz (E) Citroen 1h 32m 07.7
3. Duval (B) Ford 1h 32m 08.5

SS8 Kumluca 1 (28.92kms):
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 24m 47.0
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 24m 49.6
3. Martin (EE) Ford 24m 56.4

Leaders after SS8:
1. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 1h 56m 32.6
2. Sainz (E) Citroen 1h 56m 54.7
3. Makinen (FIN) Subaru 1h 57m 20.9

SS9 Phaselis 2 (15.49kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 11m 51.4
2. Makinen (FIN) Subaru 11m 53.6
3. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 11m 55.2

Leaders after SS9:
1. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 2h 08m 27.8
2. Sainz (E) Citroen 2h 08m 50.6
3. Makinen (FIN) Subaru 2h 09m 14.5

SS10 Myra 1 (24.01kms):
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 21m 45.4
2. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 22m 10.3
3. Martin (EE) Ford 22m 10.7

Leaders after SS10:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 2h 30m 36.0
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 2h 31m 38.6
3. Duval (B) Ford 2h 31m 42.8

SS11 Kemer 1 (20.50kms):
1. Burns (GB) Peugeot 15m 06.8
2. McRae (GB) Citroen 15m 07.7
3. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 15m 11.4

Leaders after SS11:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 2h 45m 49.1
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 2h 46m 45.4
3. Duval (B) Ford 2h 47m 00.5

SS12 Olympos 2 (20.44kms):
1. Martin (EE) Ford 16m 29.6
2. Duval (B) Ford 16m 32.1
3. Sainz (E) Citroen 16m 33.7

Leaders after SS12:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 02m 22.8
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3h 03m 28.4
3. Duval (B) Ford 3h 03m 32.6

SS13 Kumluca 2 (28.92kms):
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 24m 27.1
2. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 24m 32.4
3. Martin (EE) Ford 24m 36.2

Leaders after SS13:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 28m 09.4
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot +1m 19.5
3. Duval (B) Ford +1m 44.0
4. C.McRae (GB) Citroen +2m 26.0
5. Panizzi (F) Peugeot +2m 45.1
6. Gardemeister (FIN) Skoda +3m 39.7
7. Martin (EE) Ford +3m 54.3
8. Makinen (FIN) Subaru +7m 01.0
9. Loix (B) Hyundai +10m 05.6
10. Pykalisto (FIN) Peugeot +11m 14.6