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MOTOR SPORT: McRae flown to hospital.

Colin McRaewas flown to hospital after a serious accident ended his Dakar Rally on stage six yesterday.

The Scotsman held an overall lead of over five minutes after winning Tuesday's stage but never made the finish of yesterday's 305-mile trek from Smara, Western Sahara to Zouerat, Mauritania.

McRae was on course for another stage win after leading through the final checkpoint but crashed in the closing stages. The former world champion rolled his Nissan and was flown to hospital with co-driver Tina Thorner.

Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel rediscovered his form to triumph yesterday.

Volkswagen's Bruno Saby is the new leader after taking second yesterday, with skiing legend Luc Alphand only 40 seconds behind.

Brit John Griffiths pulled out of the motor bike event after breaking a wrist.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2005
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