Lemesos E Service: Notes and quotes

Richard Burns (Subaru) - first overall: "I am enough in front of Marcus (Gronholm) for me not to play with him. But if I back off someone could take a lot of time off me."

Lemesos E Service: Notes and quotes

Burns' team has solved the problem he was having on Leg One with dust coming into his Impreza WRC. His service crew have lifted the car slightly and because of his running order, the stages are less rutted and he's not digging into the road and disturbing the same amount of dust as yesterday.
(Ford) - second, +2.1s: "We had a lot of tyre wear in the first one (SS7), so I took two and three a bit easier, then pushed again on four. The car was grounding out a bit so we'll go stiffer on the suspension now. Otherwise it's OK."

(Ford) - third, +12.0s: Delecour had a puncture on SS7 and although he changed the tyre before the following stage, the Frenchman took the next three stages easy because he had used his spare and didn't want to risk getting another puncture.

(Peugeot) - fourth, +14.1s:"In the first stage (SS7), I went too slowly because I did not know how much the tyres would wear. Then in the third stage (SS9), the left rear wheel went out of line. I tried to adjust it for the fourth stage but it soon went back. If I can keep in touch it will not be bad for tomorrow."

(Ford) - fifth, +47.6s: "This rally is still very open but it looks difficult for me. If the gap is 40 to 45 seconds tonight it is too much."

(Subaru)- sixth, +3m29.6s: Arai's Subaru Impreza is still suffering from the overheating problems he encountered yesterday.

(Mitsubishi) - seventh, 4m20.3: "The driveshaft let go 7km into the first stage (SS7) this morning. It's getting very hard in the tight hairpins - very sideways."

(Skoda) - 10th, +6m21.0s: Schwarz did all four stages this morning with no differential. In SS8 his left rear brake caliper tube got blocked and began to leak, losing brake pressure on the German's Octavia. He tried to fix it between SS8 and SS9, but his repairs only gave him one rear brake. He also picked up 50 seconds of road penalties as he made his repairs. To top this he had already lost his clutch before going into SS8.

(Hyundai) - 11=, +7m41.7s: McRae lost one of his fans in the second stage so the temperature is much higher in the cockpit of his Accent WRC2 than in the other cars (in excess of 50 deg C). His car is also being much more affected by tyre wear than the other competitors.

(Hyundai) - retired: Eriksson lost turbo boost again on SS7. Then the manifold sustained damage causing an oil leak then finally the alternator went on SS9 causing the battery to go.

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