Colin McRae, in only his second outing in the Xsara WRC, is leading Citroen’s comeback in the Rally of Sweden. He ends Day Two as the overall Number Five, having jumped eight places after a series of blistering performances over six stages and looks to push for a podium place finish tomorrow.
Fellow team-mates Sebastian Loeb and Carlos Sainz have also improved significantly on their first day by getting into the overall top ten, at tenth and eighth respectively.
McRae had an incident-free run during the day’s six stages, never dipping below seventh place behind the stage leader and working up to an equal third with Tommi Makinen in Special Stage 11, which also saw Loeb set his best stage performance, finishing second, just 1.9 seconds behind the leader.
Special Stage 8 provided Sainz with his finest moment when, in his Xsara WRC, he set the fastest time of 10:47.5 before the stage was closed following an incident and eventually declared a tied stage.
McRae needs to make up 61.7 seconds over tomorrow’s 120 kilometres of rallying, to overtake fellow Briton Richard Burns whose Peugeot 206 is currently lying third overall. McRae’s fellow Citroen drivers will endeavour to ensure that all three Xsara WRCs finish in the points.Published 14 February 2003