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Wednesday, March 24, 1999 Published at 14:14 GMT


McRae completes repeat victory

McRae's Ford Focus has had a successful start to the season

Sam Lloyd reports for BBC Radio 5 Live
Britain's Colin McRae has clinched a second successive rally victory in Portugal.

The Scot held off a late challenge from Spain's Carlos Sainz to power his Ford Focus to a 12 second win.

[ image: Colin Mcrae: Future Formula 1 success?]
Colin Mcrae: Future Formula 1 success?
Despite losing nine seconds to Sainz's Toyota, McRae's lead should be enough of a cushion for the last timed section of just under 10 miles.

McRae moves into second place in the title standings, having recorded his maiden win at the Safari Rally last month.

Frenchman Didier Auriol came home in third, 16 seconds adrift of McRae but completing a second and third finish for his Toyota team.

Final positions at the Rally of Portugal:

1 C McRae (Gbr, Ford) 4hrs 5mins 41.7sec,
2 C Sainz (Spa, Toyota) at 12.3secs,
3 D Auriol (Fra, Toyota) at 16.5,
4 R Burns (Gbr, Subaru) at 55.4,
5 T Makinen (Fin, Mitsubishi) at 1:04.4.

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