McRae turns up heat in desert.
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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