Rovanpera out, McRae up to third

Colin McRae has moved up to third position on Rally Finland following the retirement of Peugeot ace and former event leader Harri Rovanpera

Rovanpera out, McRae up to third

The Peugeot driver lost a wheel towards the end of SS13, the 40km Moksi-Leustu test. With another stage to run directly afterwards before the cars reach service, there was no way Rovanpera could continue.

Team boss Corrado Provera said: "Unfortunately when Harri went off the road he lost a wheel and went onto three wheels. Sometimes these things happen but we're very sad for him."

The loss of Rovanpera means that the battle for the lead between the two remaining Peugeots of Marcus Gronholm and Richard Burns is now likely to cool off, according to Provera.

"All in all I think we're good shape to keep going well," he said. "But I think now the situation may cool off a little because the gap from Marcus to Richard is over a minute and I don't think it's possible for Richard to catch."

Gronholm took the lead on SS13 when Rovanpera lost his wheel. After SS14
he holds an advantage of 1m29s over Burns. McRae is 37 seconds behind his fellow Brit.

There is now a long gap before the final two stages of leg two. The first of these, Ouninpohja, is due to start at 3.28pm.

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