Sainz joins lead battle

Carlos Sainz is putting in a late charge on his home rally, narrowing the gap to the leaders in Catalunya after setting his second fastest stage time in a row

Sainz joins lead battle

Colin McRae still leads, but only has a 4.3s advantage over Subaru's Richard Burns. With Sainz only 5s off Burns, the top three are covered by a mere nine seconds as they head into the overnight halt.

The contest will be decided over another four stages tomorrow morning, covering just under 110kms.

Barring miracles, Tommi Makinen will not be part of that fight. The reigning champion lost a lot of time on stage 11 after he lost his brakes 5kms from the finish. He holds fourth place, but is now 35s off the leader.

The three Peugeots continue to squabble over the minor points positions, Francois Delecour now back on the pace after losing the use of all three lower gears earlier in the day.

Overall standings at the end of leg two:





















































1


Colin McRae


Ford Focus


2h57m17.5s


2


Richard Burns


Subaru Impreza


2h57m21.8s


3


Carlos Sainz


Ford Focus


2h57m26.8s


4


Tommi Makinen


Mitsubishi Lancer


2h57m52.9s


5


Gilles Panizzi


Peugeot 206


2h58m11.9s


6


Marcus Gronholm


Peugeot 206


2h58m49.6s


7


Francois Delecour


Peugeot 206


2h58m49.7s


8


Didier Auriol


SEAT Cordoba


3h00m52.2s


9


Markko Martin


Toyota Corolla


3h01m13.5s


10


Armin Schwarz


Skoda Octavia


3h01m14.0s

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