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Friday, 17 March, 2000, 21:15 GMT
McRae makes early Portugal exit

Marcus Gronholm: Flying ahead of the pack
Finland's Marcus Gronholm clung onto the lead in the rally of Portugal as Britain's Colin McRae and Finnish reigning champion Tommi Makinen were forced to pull out.


I can still make the time up, after all there are two more days to go

Richard Burns
Gronholm, already winner of the Rally of Sweden this season, finished almost 30 seconds ahead of second-placed Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

Another Briton, Richard Burns, also suffered difficulties, but recovered to finish third at the end of the second day, just 42 seconds off the lead.

Having been dogged by persistent steering problems, Burns managed to see the final stages out, only for his Subaru to be involved in an accident after the racing.


Richard Burns, Subaru
Richard Burns: Crashed while parking
It was hit by a Toyota team truck as Burns drove towards the car's overnight stop, although Subaru team bosses are confident the damage will be repaired in time for the third day.

"I can still make the time up, after all there are two more days to go," said Burns, who will top the World Rally Championship standings if he wins the event.

Meanwhile McRae began well and posted some highly competitive times, before the double former world champion was forced to retire with engine trouble.

And while Gronholm established a comfortable lead in his Peugeot, his compatriot Makinen made an untimely exit when he ploughed his Mitsubishi Lancer into a tree.

Leading positions after stage two

1, Marcus Gronholm, Finland, Peugeot 206 WRC, 1 hour, 50 minutes, 28.6 seconds.
2, Carlos Sainz, Spain, Ford Focus WRC, 28.6 seconds behind.
3, Richard Burns, Britain, Subaru Impreza, 42.4 seconds behind.
4, Harri Rovanpera, Finland, Toyota Corolla WRC, 43 seconds behind.
5, Petter Solberg, Norway, Ford Focus WRC, 47.3 seconds behind.
6, Didier Auriol, France, Seat Cordoba WRC, 52.6 seconds behind.
7, Markko Martin, Toyota Corolla WRC, 1:16.7 seconds behind
8, Francois Delecour, France, Peugeot 206 WRC, 1:22.3 seconds behind.
9, Kenneth Eriksson, Hyundai Accent, 1 minute, 26.9 seconds behind.
10, Adruzilo Lopes, Peugot 206 WRC, 1:43.8 seconds behind.

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