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Spain's Carlos Sainz yesterday saw his lead in the Monte Carlo rally cut to just 12 seconds as the defending champion from France, Francois Delecour, made a late challenge to retain his title. Delecour, who started the third day of the season's op ening event 26 seconds behind Sainz's Subaru, gained 14 seconds in just three timed stages from Digne to Monaco.

MONTE CARLO RALLY (Leading standings after third stage): 1 C Sainz (Sp/Subaru Impreza)4hr 38min 54sec; 2 F Delecour (Fr/Ford Escort Cosworth)+12sec; 3 T Makinen (Fin/Mitsubishi Lancer) +1:04; 4 J Kankkunen (Fin/Toyota Celica) +3:14; 5 D Auriol (Fr) Toyota Celica) +3:30.