Sport Portuguese driver Carlos Sousa in action during the first stage of the Rally Dakar 2014

Carlos Sousa held off a trio of Minis to claim stage one in the car classification as the two-week Dakar Rally got under way in Argentina.

Rallying: Full throttle with a gentle touch

Norman Fox finds what makes Gilly Handley such a fast lady

Motoring: A star of stage and scream

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A Formula One veteran must curb his instincts in the Rally of Great Britain, starting Sunday.

Motor Racing: Dubai aiming for grand prix circuit

THE FORMULA ONE jamboree may soon be stopping off in the Middle East after it emerged yesterday that representatives of Dubai are negotiating with the sport's supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, to host a grand prix.

Rallying: Fortune favours Finn in the end

TAPIO LAUKKANEN added the Mobil 1 British Rally Championship to Finland's rapidly increasing haul of motor sport honours on Saturday, and then admitted that he thought he had missed his chance.

Rallying: Gardemeister's lucky escape

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Rallying: Makinen's triumph keeps record in sight

TOMMI MAKINEN staked his claim for a record fourth successive world title by winning the Rally of New Zealand yesterday.

Motor sport: McRae needs a quick shift into gear

Colin McRae (left) has seen his championship chances dim after Acropolis Rally failure, but he is still fully focused as Ford press ahead. By Derick Allsop

Rallying: Burns to fore as McRae pulls out

COLIN McRAE was forced to withdraw from the Acropolis Rally yesterday because of a faulty gear box, allowing Richard Burns to regain the overall lead.

Rallying: Debut delight for Gronholm

PEUGEOT'S REMARKABLE comeback continued here yesterday when Marcus Gronholm of Finland won the first stage of the Acropolis Rally, the eighth leg of the world championship.

SPORTING DIGEST: RALLYING

SPORTING DIGEST: RALLYING

Real people: That Penelope Pitstop feeling

SAM TAYLOR gets in the hot-seat with racing driver Michelle Mouton - and grips the dashboard
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