Stage 15: Burns closing as Solberg shines

Richard Burns is now just 6.7s away from retaking the lead of the Rally of Portugal, but Ford junior driver Petter Solberg was the star of the stage 15

Stage 15: Burns closing as Solberg shines

The young Norweigan set the fastest stage time, getting closer to third placed team leader Carlos Sainz in the process.

Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm still leads but Burns has been eroding his advantage throughout the day and the Finn admits that there is little more he can do.

Further down the order, both Didier Auriol and Freddy Loix lost more time on the Piodao 2 stage. Both drivers have suffered nightmare days with a variety of problems, including a lack of brakes for Loix and steering difficulties for Auriol.

Overall standings after stage 15:





















































1


Marcus Gronholm


Peugeot 206


2h46m03.6s


2


Richard Burns


Subaru Impreza


2h46m10.3s


3


Carlos Sainz


Ford Focus


2h46m47.0s


4


Petter Solberg


Ford Focus


2h47m09.7s


5


Harri Rovanpera


Toyota Corolla


2h47m19.4s


6


Francois Delecour


Peugeot 206


2h47m56.8s


7


Markko Martin


Toyota Corolla


2h49m05.5s


8


Adruzilo Lopes


Peugeot 206


2h49m47.6s


9


Armin Schwarz


Skoda Octavia


2h50m08.1s


10


Didier Auriol


SEAT Cordoba


2h50m23.0s

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