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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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