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Rally of New Zealand -- Leg 2 results

Unofficial results at the end of Leg 2: 1 Auriol/Giraudet Toyota Corolla 1:43:23,6 2 Sainz/Moya Toyota Corolla 1:43:54,0 3 Burns/Reid Mitsubishi Carisma 1:44:08,5 4 ...

Unofficial results at the end of Leg 2:

1 Auriol/Giraudet Toyota Corolla 1:43:23,6 2 Sainz/Moya Toyota Corolla 1:43:54,0 3 Burns/Reid Mitsubishi Carisma 1:44:08,5 4 McRae/Grist Subura Impreza 1:44:18,0 5 Kankkunen/Repo Ford Escort 1:44:57,4 6 Makinen/Mannisenmaki Mit Lancer Evo V 1:44:58,7 7 Liatti/Pons Subaru Impreza 1:46:55,8 8 Radstrom/Barth Toyota Corolla 1:47:05,3 9 Fujimoto/Sircombe Toyota Corolla 1:52:01,8 10 Katoka/Hayashi Mit Lancer Evo III 1:52:47,4

Formula 2

1 Rovanpera/Pietilainen Seat Ibiza 1:55:24,8 2 Eriksson/Parmander Hyundai Coupe Evo 2 1:56:23,2 3 Gardemeister/Lukkander Seat Ibiza 1:57:46,8

Group N

1 Holmes/Judd Subaru Impreza 1:54:58,2 2 Guest/Green Subaru Impreza 1:55:05,1 3 Taguchi/Kikuchi Mit Lancer Evo III 1:56:15,8

Full results available at: http://www.rallynz.org.nz/results/INDEX.HTML

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Weather: Rain, rain and more rain... Conditions: muddy, muddy and more mud...

- the Totoya Corollas excelled in slippery and unpredictable New Zealand conditions, winning every stage of the day. Auriol won 5 of the days 8 stages, and Sainz the other 3. - Stages 10 & 11 cancelled due to flooding - Possum Bourne out at the end of the day with electrical probs - McRae had a big spin on SS12 and stalled the car. He also sustained some body damage in SS17. - Makinen went off on SS13 and lost 10 seconds - Eriksson (Hyundai): losing oil and had alternator probs.

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Stage Details: Sunday 26th July, Leg 2

09:25 Manukau SS9 Waipu Gorge 1 11,24 km SS10 Brooks 1 16,15 km SS11 Paparoa Station 1 11,66 km SS12 Ararua 31,95 km SS13 Cassidy 20,06 km SS14 Parahi 24,00 km SS15 Sterling 3,80 km SS16 Waipu Gorge 2 11,24 km SS17 Brooks 2 16,15 km SS18 Paparoa Station 2 11,66 km 21:05 Arrival in Manukau

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Stage Winners

SS9 - Sainz, SS10 - , SS11 - , SS12 - Auriol, SS13 - Sainz, SS14 - Auriol, SS15 - Sainz, SS16 - Auriol, SS17 - Auriol, SS18 - Auriol

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Stage 9 Waipu Gorge 1 11,24 km Notes: - Road conditions: slippery, unpredictable. - Groholm retires with engine failure (suspect cambelt prob) - Auriol: "We had a lot of trouble trying to get through the stage and there were a lot of spectators." - Sainz: "For me when it is raining it is better to be the first car." - Radstr

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