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McRae turns up heat in desert.

Former world champion Colin McRae last night took the overall lead in the Dakar Rally after winning his second special stage on day five between Agadir and Smara.

The Scot hit back after his Nissan suffered a puncture on Monday and dropped to 10th overall.

But the Nissan driver bounced back to augment his victory in Granada two days ago, flying to stage-four success with a six minutes and 15 second advantage over his team-mate Giniel De Villiers ( with Jutta Kleinschmidt third more than another minute behind.

McRae is therefore five minutes 28 seconds ahead of de Villiers overall, with yesterday's fourth-placed driver Nasser Al Attiyah keeping hope alive for BMW. American Robby Gordon had been setting the pace before yesterday.

Title-holder Stephane Peterhansel was 24 minutes behind McRae after a series of punctures.

In the motorcycle category, Australian Andy Caldecott won his first stage on the Dakar. But his KTM team-mate Marc Coma, second on the day, moved into the overall lead.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 5, 2005
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