SS12, Stavroulia: McRae takes the lead from Burns

Colin McRae has turned up the heat by taking his first stage win of this year's Cyprus Rally on SS12 of the event, moving the Scotsman into the overall lead, ahead of fellow Brit Richard Burns

SS12, Stavroulia: McRae takes the lead from Burns

McRae, who opted for a slightly stiffer suspension setting at the Lesemos service, has been there or thereabouts on all of Saturday's stages, but the Scot outpaced Burns by 7.5s on the day's second running of the Stavroulia stage to take the lead by 3.8s.

Burns said before SS11 that he was in danger of losing the lead if he backed off any. The Subaru ace finished third on the 15.73km SS12 test, the longest of the day, behind McRae's Ford team mate Carlos Sainz in second.

Marcus Gronholm continues to suffer as first man along the road. The Finn finished fourth in his Peugeot 206 WRC and stays third overall, some 26 seconds adrift of the leaders.

Burns' team mate Toshio Arai had another good run to fifth in the second Subaru and keeps the same position in the overall standings.

Alister McRae has put his Friday puncture problems behind him and is starting to claw his way back up the field. The Scot finished sixth fastest on SS12, but remains a distant 10th on the leaderboard.

For SS12 Stavroulia results click here.

For full results table click here.

For full entry list click here.

For the itinerary click here.

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