Stage 14: Gronholm still holding on

Marcus Gronholm continues to lead the Rally of Portugal but his advantage over Richard Burns is now down to 11.5s

Stage 14: Gronholm still holding on

Burns was fastest on stage 14, Gois 1, just as he had been on every stage so far today. The Subaru driver is staging a spectacular comeback drive after losing a lot of time with power steering problems yesterday.

Further back, Ford's increasingly impressive junior driver Petter Solberg has inched ahead of Harri Rovanpera to take fourth. The young Norweigan is regularly matching the times of his former champion team mate Carlos Sainz.

Francois Delecour lost time on the stage with a fuel pressure problem but held sixth place after those immediately behind him struck trouble.

Kenneth Eriksson stopped on the stage with a clutch problem, ending an immensely promising performance by the new Hyundai Accent.

SEAT's Didier Auriol lost more time, after a puncture on ss13 he then suffered steering problems and has dropped to tenth, behind Adruzilo Lopes in the first privateer Peugeot 206 WRC.

Overall positions after stage 14:





















































1


Marcus Gronholm


Peugeot 206


2h28m49.1s


2


Richard Burns


Subaru Impreza


2h29m00.6s


3


Carlos Sainz


Ford Focus


2h29m28.8s


4


Petter Solberg


Ford Focus


2h30m00.1s


5


Harri Rovanpera


Toyota Corolla


2h30m01.6s


6


Francois Delecour


Peugeot 206


2h30m38.7s


7


Markko Martin


Toyota Corolla


2h31m02.6s


8


Freddy Loix


Mitsubishi Carisma


2h31m46.1s


9


Adruzilo Lopes


Peugeot 206


2h31m58.3s


10


Didier Auriol


SEAT Cordoba


2h32m13.5s

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