Stage 12: McRae back in control

Colin McRae remains in the lead of the Catalunya Rally despite suffering an early morning drama on Stage 12

Stage 12: McRae back in control

The Ford star was fastest on Stage 12 but suffered a thrust bearing failure before the start of the stage.

Luckily his car was fixed in time for the start of the section.

Ford motorsport boss Malcolm Wilson said: "On the liaison section from Lloret de Mar this morning, Colin had a thrust bearing failure and when he arrived at the entrance to the service park the clutch pedal was having no effect.

"We fitted a new thrust bearing and changed the clutch and master cylinder as a precaution. It was a huge job to undertake in just the 10minutes allowed and we completed the essential work in the service park before leaving the non-essential work for Colin to finish himself outside the control.

"Colin left the control a minute late, incurring a 10 second penalty, before doing a superb job to complete the repairs himself and arrive at the stage on time."

Richard Burns (Subaru) is second, ahead of Ford's Carlos Sainz.

Top six:






































Pos


Driver


Car


Time


1


C McRae


Ford


3.20.13.5


2


R Burns


Subaru


3.20.14.8


3


C Sainz


Ford


3.20.21.2


4


T Makinen


Mitsubishi


3.20.48.1


5


G Panizzi


Peugeot


3.21.04.0


6


F Delecour


Peugeot


3.21.43.3









































Pos


Driver


Car


Time


1


C McRae


Ford


22.46.0


2


G Panizzi


Peugeot


22.52.1


3


R Burns


Subaru


22.53.0


4


F Delecour


Peugeot


22.53.6


5


C Sainz


Ford


22.54.4


6


T Makinen


Mitsubishi


22.55.2

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