Stage seven: McRae takes lead

Colin McRae has snatched the lead of the Rally Catalunya after Richard Burns lost 18.7s on the opening stage of leg two with a gearbox problem

Stage seven: McRae takes lead

The Subaru team may have to change the gearbox on Burns' car after a hydraulic problem resulted in difficulty with gearshifts on the Gratallops-Escaladei stage.

Burns is still second, but McRae, who has not won a WRC event for over a year now, has an 11s lead.

Carlos Sainz was also quick on the stage, pulling away from fourth-placed Tommi Makinen.

Meanwhile, Marcus Gronholm dropped behind his Peugeot team mates Francois Delecour and Gilles Panizzi, blaming a lack of stage knowledge for his slow time.

Both Hyundai's lost more time by being given penalties for leaving service late. Alister McRae also struggled with a brake problem.

Also in trouble on the stage were SEAT's Toni Gardemeister and Mitsubishi's Freddy Loix, hampered by a puncture and a jammed throttle respectively.

Overall positions after stage seven:







































































































1


Colin McRae


Ford Focus


1h31m56.3s


2


Richard Burns


Subaru Impreza


1h32m07.0s


3


Carlos Sainz


Ford Focus


1h32m17.2s


4


Tommi Makinen


Mitsubishi Lancer


1h32m28.6s


5


Francois Delecour


Peugeot 206


1h32m43.2s


6


Gilles Panizzi


Peugeot 206


1h32m50.5s


7


Marcus Gronholm


Peugeot 206


1h33m07.8s


8


Markko Martin


Toyota Corolla


1h33m58.0s


9


Freddy Loix


Mitsubishi Carisma


1h34m00.5s


10


Andrea Navarra


Toyota Corolla


1h34m01.7s


11


Armin Schwarz


Skoda Octavia


1h34m04.4s


12


Didier Auriol


SEAT Cordoba


1h34m24.0s


13


Henrik Lundgaard


Toyota Corolla


1h34m43.3s


14


Toni Gardemeister


SEAT Cordoba


1h34m47.7s


15


Andrea Dallavilla


Subaru Impreza


1h35m05.6s


16


Luis Climent


Skoda Octavia


1h35m41.5s


17


Jesus Puras


Citroen Xsara


1h36m23.7s


18


Fabrice Morel


Peugeot 206


1h36m56.6s


19


Kenneth Eriksson


Hyundai Accent


1h37m21.8s


20


Juha Kankkunen


Subaru Impreza


1h37m41.0s

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