Great fight for the lead! Kankkunen is again on the lead but El Matador is trying hard. Didier Auriol rolled when trying to catch up with them and is now 4th.
After 7 stages of the 2nd day:
Number Driver/Co Driver G Manufacturer
1 Juha Kankkunen A Toyota Celica GT Four 3:11:24 Nicky Grist 2 Carlos Sainz A Subaru Impreza 555 +10s Luiz Moya 3 Colin McRae A Subaru Impreza 555 +1:18 Derek Ringer 4 Didier Auriol A Toyota Celica GT Four +1:50 Bernard Occelli (rolled) 5 Armin Schwarz A Toyota Celica GT Four +2:29 Klaus Wicha 6 Bruno Thiry A Ford Escort RS Cosworth +4:57 Stephane Prevot 7 Marcus Gronholm A Toyota Celica GT Four +5:45 Voito Silander 8 Richard Burns A Subaru Impreza 555 +8:32 Robert Reid 9 Alessandro Fiorio A Ford Escort RS Cosworth +11:05 Vittorio Brambilla
OUT Francois Delecour A Ford Escort RS Cosworth (rolled in Catherine Francois 3rd stage)
-- Group N -- (general position)
1 (10) Rui Madeira N Mitsubishi Lancer EV2 (+16:12) Nuno Silva 2 (12) Jorge Recalde N Mitsubishi Lancer EV2 +1:50? Martin Christie 3 (13) Isolde Holderied N Mitsubishi Lancer EV2 +4:50? Tina Thorner Mechanical problems 4? Andrea Navarre? N ??? ????
-- Portuguese Drivers -- (general position)
1 (10) Rui Madeira N Mitsubishi Lancer EV2 (+?) Nuno Silva 2 (11) Jorge Bica A Lancia HF Integrale +3:26? Joao Sena 3 (16) Jose' Miguel A Ford Escort RS Cosworth +6:12? Carlos Magalha~es 4 (19) Paulo Meireles A VW Golf Rallye G60 +6:45? Anto'nio Abreu
OUT Fernando Peres A Ford Escort RS Cosworth (was leader) Ricardo Caldeira OUT Jose' Carlos Macedo A/F2 Renault Clio Maxi (Delayed by gearbox Miguel Borges problem since the 1st stage) OUT Pedro Azeredo A/F2 Renault Clio Maxi Fernando Prata
-- F2 --
1 Freddy Loix A Opel Astra GSi Svem Smeets 2 Gregoire de Mevius A/F2 Nissan Sunny GTI Jean Fortin mechanical problems 3? Pavel Sibera A/F2 Skoda Felicia +1:47 Petr Gross 4? Emil Triner A/F2 Skoda Felicia +2:32 Pavel Stanc
The Toyotas begun very well, profiting from the fact that the ground was very wet (it rained all weekend) and so the lack of power relatively to the Subarus was less noticeable. Now Sainz has got the lead (on the last stage of the day). So he will is opening the road today, which might not be good for him.
On the third stages Delecour rolled and had to retire on the fifth. One of the best Portuguese drivers Jose' Macedo, who should be trying for the first place in F2, was delayed because of a gear box blocked in 4th gear. Then he and the other Renault driver both retired. It was really not a good idea to race 2 cars that were assembled last week.
Isolde Holderied was also delayed by mechanical problems. An Italian driver (Andrea Navarre?) who had a high number (40) is doing very well, and was at a time 3rd in groupe N. Now he has lost some time and Isolde is again third.
All the F2 favorits have had problems. de Mevius is still on the race but delayed. I _think_ he is again in second place.
Today the rallye restarted at 8:30, for 10 stages, ending at 20:30. The first stage is a spectacle stage at Lousada.
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.pt is Portugal| `Whom the gods love die young'-Menander (342-292 BC) Europe | Villeneuve 50-82, Toivonen 56-86, Senna 60-94