Sainz dominates first day action

Carlos Sainz set fastest time on seven of today's nine stages to lead the Cyprus Rally into the first overnight break. Richard Burns was fastest on the other two stages and between them these two drivers have dominated the event although both Colin McRae and Francis Delecour have impressed

Sainz dominates first day action

For the standings after Leg One in Cyprus click HERE.

World Championship leader Marcus Gronholm retired early today and left Burns in a familiar role of opening the stages, cleaning the loose gravel for later runners to benefit. Tomorrow, though, Burns will start third and it's Sainz who will struggle as the first runner over the stages. With several of tomorrow's stages being repeats of today's, the already rough roads will give cars an even greater pounding.

Retirements today included both the Skodas and the SEAT of Didier Auriol, while Freddy Loix rolled his Mitsubishi after its throttle jammed open. He was able to continue, but it spoiled what was shaping up to be one of his best drives for a long time.

Tomorrow should see Burns and McRae on a charge and it remains to be seen if Sainz can hang on at the front to record his first win since the New Zealand Rally back in 1998.


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