Sport The pack of cars in action during the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took the front row of the grid in qualifying yesterday

Rallying: McRae victory keeps Makinen at bay

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Seat unleashes its pocket rocket

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McRae wins in San Remo

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Sainz's controversial victory

Rallying

WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP TO EXPAND

Rallying

World championship to expand

Rallying

TOYOTA PULL OUT OF WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Motor racing

Carlos Sainz to rejoin Ford

Rallying

McRae in control of his destiny

Derick Allsop reflects on an ability to tame his wilder streak that made all the difference for the world rally champion

McRae drives into the light and the lead

Rallying

McRae resorts to risk strategy

RAC RALLY: Scot hits a rock in a hard place but overcomes two punctures to close on Sainz

Taming of a wild spirit

A Scottish driver can conquer the world in the RAC Rally. Andrew Baker experiences his mastery of high speeds; close-up

Motoring / Road Test: Motoring: Second time lucky: The first Ford Escort Cosworth was great. The new one is better, says Brett Fraser

Damn joyriders and the insurance companies. If it was not for them, more of us would be able to have a Ford Escort RS Cosworth. And then what fun we would have - especially now there is a new, improved version.

The Independent Road Test: The supercar for supermarket money: Phil Llewellin finds the Subaru Impreza Turbo mighty impressive

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