All Sainz Day For Citroen In Rally Of Turkey

Citroen Xsara WRC


Citroen Xsara WRC driver Carlos Sainz is poised for victory in the Rally of Turkey, taking first place overall after Day Two, while team mate Colin McRae is knocking on the podium door with a leap to fourth overall.

McRae, who began Day Two lying in seventh place overall, enjoyed a day of decent form over some tough stages. He finished fifth in Special Stage 7, in front of Carlos Sainz and remained in the top ten of every stage to follow.

Special Stage 11 saw the battle of the Brits when McRae’s Citroen Xsara WRC finished less than a second adrift of stage winner Richard Burns. This second place pulled him up to fourth position overall.

However, it was truly Sainz’s day. Although he followed McRae in sixth place in the day’s first stage, he took revenge in the second by setting the fastest time and making up 10 seconds. A blistering run in Special Stage 10 secured another first place finish and saw him grab the overall top spot from Rovanpera who lost time due to suspension damage.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Sainz made it a hat-trick by coming first in the day’s last stage, cementing his lead over the current overall runner-up Richard Burns to over one minute, nineteen seconds. McRae, in fourth place, trails third placed Francois Duval by just 42 seconds.

Published 2 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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