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Rallye De Portugal: End of Leg 2

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Rallye De Portugal: End of Leg 2
Mar 24, 1999, 12:19 PM

1999 Rally De Portugal Official Site: http://www.tap-rallyedeportugal.pt Round 4 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 20-24 March McRae continues to lead the field by over 30 seconds but has been pushed hard all day by the Toyotas. Sainz and ...

1999 Rally De Portugal Official Site: http://www.tap-rallyedeportugal.pt Round 4 of the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship 20-24 March

McRae continues to lead the field by over 30 seconds but has been pushed hard all day by the Toyotas. Sainz and Auriol lie in 2nd and 3rd, only 2 seconds apart - they only had a few minor problems today with Sainz stalling the engine at the start of one stage and Auriol hitting a rock.

Not a good day for Subaru - Burns dropped from 2nd to 4th, team mate Juha Kankkunen retired on SS15 with engine failure and Bruno Thiry after rolled after experiencing deteriorating brakes but he was lucky not to lose any positions - but he did lose a window which allowed plenty of dust into the car, costing him more time.

After experiencing differential problems yesterday, Tommi Makinen was back at the top of field today finishing in 5th overall. Marcus Gronholm though, after a superb drive retired with clutch failure on SS16.

A bad day for Seat also with both cars out. Liatti rolled on SS10 and although he finished the stage, the car was too badly damaged to continue. On SS15, Rovanpera retired after hitting a rock and tearing off the front left wheel.

SS18 & 19 were cancelled due to excess spectators in stage.

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Unofficial results at the end of Leg 2:

1 McRae Ford Focus 3:23:22,6 2 Sainz Toyota Corolla 3:23:55,6 3 Auriol Toyota Corolla 3:23:57,5 4 Burns Subaru Impreza 3:24:20,3 5 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 3:24:51,1 6 Thiry Subaru Impreza 3:29:42,2 7 Isik Toyota Corolla 3:31:33,7 8 Kahle Toyota Corolla 3:31:46,5 9 Madeira Subaru Impreza 3:32:14,0 10 Solberg Ford Focus 3:32:45,4

Group N:

1 Campos Mit Carisma 3:36:52,1 2 Trellles Mit Lancer Evo V 3:38:47,5 3 Kangas Subaru Impreza 3:44:13,2

Formula 2:

1 A.McRae Hyundai Coupe Evo II 3:37:31,6 2 Eriksson Hyundai Coupe Evo II 3:38:04,1 3 Lopez Peugot 306 Maxi 3:40:34,5

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CS 10, Sever do Vouga 07:59 14.83 Km

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Auriol Toyota Corolla 11:15,5 2 Makinen Mit Lancer Evo VI 11:16,1 3 McRae Ford Focus 11:18,6 4 Gronholm Mit Carisma GT 11:19,9 5 Rovanpera Seat WRC 11:22,9

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CS 11, Lad

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