Positions after 12 stages:

1 C Sainz (Spain) Subaru Impreza 3:53:00 2 F Delecour (Fra) Ford Escort +26 3 T Makinen (Fin) Mitsubishi Lancer +1:08 4 J Kankkunen (Fin) Toyota Celica +3:31 5 D Auriol (Fra) Toyota Celica +3:33 6 B Thiry (Bel) Ford Escort +4:52 7 A Aghini(Italy) Mitsubishi Lancer +8:06 8 P Bugalski (Fra) Renault Clio +10:56 9 A Schwarz (Ger) Toyota Celica +11:54 10 J Ragnotti (Fra) Renault Clio 22:09.

Positions after 15 stages: 1 C Sainz (Spain) Subaru Impreza 4:33:54 2 F Delecour (Fra) Ford Escort +12 3 T Makinen (Fin) Mitsubishi Lancer +1:04 4 J Kankkunen (Fin) Toyota Celica +3:14 5 D Auriol (Fra) Toyota Celica +3:30 6 B Thiry (Bel) Ford Escort +4:47 7 A Aghini (Italy) Mitsubishi Lancer +8:32 8 A Schwarz (Ger) Toyota Celica +12:02 9 P Bugalski (Fra) Renault Clio +13:56 10 J Ragnotti (Fra) Renault Clio +23:37

Brief commentary:

Colin McRae finally crashed out of the Rally after skidding on some ice. He was unhurt, but damage to his Subaru prevented him from continuing.

Carlos Sainz, who briefly lost the lead yesterday, entered today with a 26 second lead over his main opponent, Francois Delecour in the Ford. In the space of 3 stages from Digne to Monaco, Delecour with some inspired driving on icy roads, cut the lead to 12 seconds. There are six night stages this evening, including the famed run over the Turini pass, before the rally enters its final day tomorrow.

Peter