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Rallying: McRae victory hopes raised

COLIN McRAE'S hopes of victory in the Rally of Portugal were unexpectedly boosted yesterday when officials were forced to cancel the day's last two stages because of fears for the safety of spectators.

Rallying: McRae sets a strong pace

COLIN McRAE'S remorseless pacesetting locked him on course for a second successive rally victory as he opened up a big advantage in Portugal yesterday. McRae proved his Safari Rally triumph in the new Ford Focus was no fluke as he won four of the eight special stages.

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RICHARD BURNS thrust his way into the lead of the Safari Rally at the end of a dramatic day in Kenya. Burns, who won the event last year, is nearly 27 seconds ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz, with fellow Briton Colin McRae well placed in third.

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BRITAIN'S Richard Burns made a promising start to the defence of his Safari Rally title in Kenya yesterday as Tommi Makinen, the world champion, suffered a double setback.

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Rallying: McRae nears Monte Carlo podium

COLIN McRAE is within sight of a spectacular podium-winning finale to his Ford debut in the Monte Carlo Rally. The 30-year-old was fourth going into the final day of the opening event of the world championship, which the title holder, Tommi Makinen, leads by a huge margin.

Rallying: Ice inhibits McRae and scuppers Sainz

COLIN McRAE had some early problems yesterday in the French Alps on roads made treacherous by ice and snow as the Monte Carlo rally got underway. Over four minutes were lost to the reigning world champion, Tommi Makinen, on the opening stage, the longest at 30 miles, as the rally began in earnest after yesterday's acclimatisation drive to Gap.

Obituary: Maurice Gatsonides

IT IS taken for granted now that leading rally drivers are full- time professionals who make a handsome living from the sport. This was not the case between the wars and in the years just after the Second World War, when most rally drivers were keen amateurs who drove for the fun of it and were happy if a manufacturer provided a car for them and covered their expenses. Maurice Gatsonides deserves the credit for breaking the mould as he was probably the first full-time professional.

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Parliament: Hague appoints five peers to team

WILLIAM HAGUE turned to the grandson of the former Labour prime minister Clement Attlee last night as he made five appointments to his depleted frontbench in the House of Lords.

Rallying: McRae sees hopes go up in smoke

COLIN McRAE'S rule over the British Rally ended yesterday, ceding control to Richard Burns.

Rallying: Sabrina in gear for drive of her life

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Rallying: Makinen triumphs as McRae falls back

FORTUNE SHONE on Tommi Makinen on the final day of Rally Australia yesterday, the Finn winning in controversial circumstances to take a two- point lead in the world championship. Sadly for Colin McRae, a blown turbo ended his hopes of taking the title and he finished fourth.

Rallying: Burns puts McRae in forest shade

COLIN McRAE took his world championship challenge into Crocodile Dundee country yesterday - only to discover a fellow Brit revelling in the outback.

Obituary: Margaret Jennings

MARGARET JENNINGS, in her maiden name of Margaret Allan, achieved a number of successes both as a racing driver and as a rally driver in the 1930s.
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