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Burns and Subaru lead the Rally of Argentina Today's second leg of the Rally of Argentina has been dominated by a phenomenal performance from Richard Burns and his Subaru Impreza WRC2000. Richard set the fastest time on six of the day's seven...

Burns and Subaru lead the Rally of Argentina

Today's second leg of the Rally of Argentina has been dominated by a phenomenal performance from Richard Burns and his Subaru Impreza WRC2000. Richard set the fastest time on six of the day's seven stages and, on SS15, he re-gained the overall lead that he had previously held on SS2.

After a frustrating first leg for Richard, when his efforts were hampered by minor mechanical problems, he was immediately on the attack when Leg 2 started from Cordoba this morning.

A swift return to form saw him turn a 39 second time deficit into a 9 second lead in only seven stages. This performance puts Richard in an excellent position from which push for outright victory tomorrow on the final 126kms of the Rally.

Richard's Subaru team-mate and last year's winner in Argentina, Juha Kankkunen, has also enjoyed an excellent second Leg. He spent the day in a thrilling Finnish battle with his countryman Tommi Makinen. Both drivers aware that the time difference between themselves and the lead can be made up on the arduous Leg 3. Juha recorded consistently quick times in his Subaru Impreza WRC 2000, setting three second-fastest stage times, to start tomorrow in fourth position on the road.

Today's action took place on stages around the town of Santa Rosa de Calamuchita, to the South of Cordoba. SS10 to SS16 were faster and less twisty than those contested yesterday, but an additional factor today was the weather. The day started with light intermittent rain, but this became heavier later on.

In other news from Leg 2, overnight leader Carlos Sainz crashed out of the rally when he hit a barrier after a jump on SS11. Tomorrow's action starts from the Cordoba Parc Ferme at 06:15, with the first stage scheduled to start from the town of Chamico at 09:09.

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Series WRC
Drivers Tommi Makinen , Carlos Sainz , Richard Burns