Rally Argentina, SS4, Ascochinga 1: McRae extends lead

Colin McRae has made it four stage wins out of four, by completing the 28.83kms Ascochinga 1 ahead of Peugeot's Didier Auriol. The Scot has carved out a 40-second lead over Ford team mate Carlos Sainz as the rally heads for service at La Cumbre

Rally Argentina, SS4, Ascochinga 1: McRae extends lead

In slightly damp and foggy conditions, Auriol's charge through Ascochinga was just three seconds slower than McRae, and the Frenchman has pulled himself up three places to fifth overall in the rally.

Sainz, despite suffering from back pain, was third quickest through the stage, but Mitsubishi's Tommi Makinen has clawed back the Spaniard, and the two now hold joint second place with the rally at Leg One's half-way point.

Subaru's Richard Burns has fallen back slightly; the Englishman is now fifth overall after setting the fifth fastest time on SS4. And Harri Rovanpera put in his highest stage finish of the rally. The Finn was sixth quickest through the last stage in his Peugeot 206 and now holds sixth position in the overall classification.

Francois Delecour has fallen further behind since rolling his Ford Focus on SS3. The Frenchman is nearly three minutes behind team mate McRae as he heads to service where a new windscreen could see him back on the pace.

The next timed section is a 23.02km test through Capilla del Monte.

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