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 climbs to top

COLIN McRAE, of Britain, took the lead in the opening day of the Acropolis Rally yesterday, winning five of the 10 special stages in the mountains of central Greece.

Motor Racing: Benetton unveil their new range: Boost for Schumacher

BENETTON-FORD announced their 'dynamic' package for the coming Formula One season yesterday and declared their determination to launch a world championship challenge from day one.

RAC Rally: Mature McRae fired up for forest flourish: Tomorrow a hard-charging but smooth-moving Briton will attempt to exorcise a national ghost. Derick Allsop reports

OVER the past 15 months Nigel Mansell has become the first Briton in 16 years to win the Formula One world championship and Manchester United have claimed the League championship which eluded them for 26 years. The nation now looks to Colin McRae to exorcise a ghost in the RAC Rally.

Touring Car Racing: Wild saloons are stocked up for business: Soap opera on wheels starts fresh series on Sunday with new models on show

ONE of sport's most seductive shows begins a new series on Sunday with new characters and the prospect of more drama, intrigue and controversy.

Rallying: Ford's assault on old order

FORD'S much-heralded crusade to break the domination of Lancia and Toyota in the World Championship takes to the road in leisurely fashion from Rheims today, writes Derick Allsop.

Motoring: When dash meets flash: To his surprise, Brett Fraser finds he enjoys Ford's hotter hatchback: Fiesta RS 1800

IT HAS been fashionable, until the recent past, to round on Ford's hot hatchbacks and accuse them of being pale imitations of the real thing. And with good reason. Most had nasty engines, so-so performance and mediocre handling. There was more driving pleasure to be found in the base models of other manufacturers.
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