Tommi Makinen (Mitsubishi) has crashed out of the Netowrk Q rally.

His chances for his third successive World Rally Drivers Championship have diminished considerably but the rally is not yet over. Makinen started the rally 2 points ahead of Sainz and this means that Sainz must now finished 4th or better to take the title. In such a competitive field, this is no easy task and Sainz can not afford slow down. With over 300 competitive km, anything can still happen...

Unofficial results and of Leg 1:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru        47.53,0
2 Sainz/Moya                        Corolla        47.56,6
3 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru        47.57,2
4 Auriol/Giraudet                Corolla        48.00,9      
5 Kankkunen/Repo                Escort        48.05,7
6 Burns/Reid                        Carisma        48.09,4
7 De Mevius/Marc Fortin                Subaru        48.11,7
8 Thiry/Prevot                        Escort        48.12,3
9 Lindholm/Aho                        Escort        48.26.2
10 Holowczyc/Wislawski                Subaru        48.36,0

Formula 2:

1 Kytolehto/Kapanen                Vauxhall        50.22,4
2 Gardemeister/Lukander                Seat Ibiza        50.35,1
3 Laukkanen/Lindström                Renault Meg.        50.40,1

Group N:

1 Stohl/Müller                        Mit Lancer        50.50,4
2 Easson/Cook                        Mit Lancer        51.10,2
3 Al-Wahaibi/Harryman                Mit Lancer        51.17,7

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Headlines:

- Leg 1 of the rally is really for spectators. All stages are relatively short and there is little to win but everything to lose.

- It all went wrong for Makinen when on SS 5, he slid on oil, hit a concrete block and lost a rear tyre which folded under the car. He completed SS5 & 6 on three wheels, but was stopped by police on the liason

- Colin McRae had opened up a 23 second lead before breaking a wheel on SS 7

- Alister McRae is also driving superbly in the Subaru

- Burns experienced a centre differential problem (SS1&2) which appears to have been traced to a software problem and has now been fixed.

- Marcus Gronholm retired after his car caught fire

- Disappointment for Mark Higgins in the Nissan Almera GTi on his home as he retired with lack of oil pressure - Pavel Sibera in the Skoda Octavia Kitcar retired due to an accident (SS 5)

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LEG 1 - Cheltenham-Cheltenham (570.35 km) Sunday 22, November 07.27 Start from from Cheltenham SS1 Cheltenham 1 1.75 km (1.12 miles) SS2 Cornbury 4.15 km (2.45 miles) SS3 Silverstone 1 8.69 km (5.34 miles) SS4 Silverstone 2 8.69 km (5.34 miles) SS5 Millbrook 7.13 km (4.54 miles) SS6 Millbrook 7.13 km (4.54 miles) SS7 Silverstone Super 1.96 km (1.21 miles) SS8 Silverstone 3 6.98 km (4.23 miles) SS9 Silverstone 4 6.98 km (4.23 miles) SS10 Towcester 3.23 km (1.99 miles) SS11 Donington 1 6.29 km (3.91 miles) SS12 Donington 2 6.29 km (3.91 miles) SS13 Cheltenham 2 1.61 km (0.87 miles) 19:51 Arrival in Cheltenham

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Stage Winners:

SS1 - C.McRae, SS2 - C.McRae, SS3 - C.McRae, SS4 - C.McRae, SS5 - C.McRae, SS6 - C.McRae, SS7 - Sainz, SS8 - C.McRae, SS9 - Auriol, SS10 - Auriol, SS11 - ,C.McRae SS12 - A.McRae, SS13 - Burns

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SS 1 Cheltenham 1 1.75 km (1.12 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                1.29,4
1 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                1.29,4        
3 Auriol/Giraude                Corolla                1.29,8              
3 Buckley/Ewing                        Subaru                1.29,8
5 Sainz/Moya                        Corolla                1.29,9

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SS 2 Cornbury 4.15 km (2.45 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                2.52,1
2 Mäkinen/Mannisenmäki                Lancer                2.53,0
2 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                2.53,0
4 Grönholm/Rautiainen                Corolla        2.54,9
5 Auriol/Giraudet                Corolla        2.55,0

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SS 3 Silverstone 1 8.69 km (5.34 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                5.44,8
2 Holowczyc/Wislawski                Subaru                5.45,8
3 Sainz/Moya                        Corolla                5.46,1
4 Kankkunen/Repo                Escort                5.47,2
5 Lundgaard/Vestergaard                Corolla                5.48,6

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SS 4 Silverstone 2 8.69 km (5.34 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                5.41,6
2 Holowczyc/Wislawski                Subaru                5.43,4
3 Lindholm/Aho                        Escort                5.45,9
4 Sainz/Moya                        Corolla                5.46,0
5 Mäkinen/Mannisenmäki                Lancer                5.46,4

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SS 5 Millbrook 7.13 km (4.54 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                4.38,8
2 Auriol/Giraudet                Corolla                4.40,9
3 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                4.41,1
4 Schwarz/Hiemer                Escort                4.42,3
5 Burns/Reid                        Carisma                4.42,4

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SS 6 Millbrook 7.13 km (4.54 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                4.35,5
2 Auriol/Giraudet                Corolla                4.37,3
3 Grönholm/Rautiainen                Corolla                4.38,3
4 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                4.38,5
5 Thiry/Prevot                        Escort                4.39,1

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SS 7 Silverstone Super 1.96 km (1.21 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Sainz/Moya                                Corolla        1.27,7
2 C.McRae/Grist                                Subaru        1.27,9
3 Auriol/Giraudet                        Corolla        1.28,0
3 Kankkunen/Repo                        Escort        1.28,0
5 Burns/Reid                                Carisma        1.28,7

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SS 8 Silverstone 3 6.98 km (4.23 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                4.50,6
2 Auriol/Giraudet                Corolla                4.51,8
3 Grönholm/Rautiainen                Corolla                4.53,0
4 Sainz/Moya                        Corolla                4.54,0
5 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                4.54,5
5 Thiry/Prevot                        Escort                4.54,5

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SS 9 Silverstone 4 6.98 km (4.23 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol/Giraudet                Corolla                4.51,9
2 Grönholm/Rautiainen                Corolla                4.52,5
3 De Mevius/Marc Fortin                Subaru                4.53,8
4 Lundgaard/Vestergaard                Corolla                4.54,0
5 Kankkunen/Repo                Escort                4.54,4

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SS 10 Towcester 3.23 km (1.99 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol/Giraudet                Corolla                2.16,7
2 Burns/Reid                        Carisma                2.17,2
3 Thiry/Prevot                        Escort                2.17,4
4 De Mevius/Marc Fortin                Subaru                2.17,6
5 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                2.17,8

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SS 11 Donington 1 6.29 km (3.91 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                3.49,3
1 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                3.49,3
3 De Mevius/Marc Fortin                Subaru                3.49,7
4 Sainz/Moya                        Corolla                3.49,9
5 Lindholm/Aho                        Escort                3,50,9

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SS 12 Donington 2 6.29 km (3.91 miles)v

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                3.44,4
2 Auriol/Giraudet                Corolla                3.44,8        
3 Sainz/Moya                        Corolla                3.45,7
4 C.McRae/Grist                        Subaru                3.46,0
5 Rovanpera/Manset                Seat                3.46,6

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SS 13 Cheltenham 2 1.61 km (0.87 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Burns/Reid                        Carisma                1.22,6
1 Thiry/Prevot                        Escort                1.22,6
3 Kankkunen/Repo                Escort                1.22,9
4 Sainz/Moya                        Corolla                1.23,0
5 A.McRae/Senior                Subaru                1.23,4
5 Lindholm/Aho                        Escort                1.23,4

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LEG 2 - Cheltenham-Cheltenham (732.08 km) Monday 23, November 05.00 Start from from Cheltenham SS14 Radnor 23.85 km (14.67 miles) SS15 Myherin 1 16.86 km (10.37 miles) SS16 Tywi 19.87 km (12.23 miles) SS17 Esgair Dafydd 8.70 km (5.35 miles) SS18 Crychan 21.98 km (13.53 miles) SS19 Cefn 9.16 km (5.63 miles) SS20 Sweet Lamb 25.70 km (15.72 miles) SS21 Myherin 2 16.86 km (10.37 miles) 21.48 Arrival in Cheltenham

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