Loeb hunts his prey - leg one

From Andrew Dunwoody [ 24/01/2003 ].
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Sebastien Loeb has eaten further into Marcus Gronholm's time on Stage 6, a re-run of Stage 5, Plan de Vitrolles. Loeb set a joint fastest time with team mate Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz also not far behind in overall 5th place.With the Subaru's of Makinen and Solberg now out, it's difficult to judge how the Citroen's are settling into their full year, but the signs are good and Peugeot look set to be pressured. Marcus holds onto the the lead by 20 seconds overnight.

Overal Classification After Leg 1
1. Gronholm 2:07:24.7
3. Loeb +20.6
3. McRae +1:16.6
4. Burns +1:53.9
5. Sainz +1:55.7
6. Martin +2:30.7
7. Robert +4:41.1
8. Schwarz +5:03.8
9. Kresta +5:09.1
10. Duval +5:17.0
11. Auriol +5:41.7
12. Loix +7:25.8
13. Hirvonen +8:19.5
14. Panizzi +9:57.9
15. Burri +14:20.0

Stage Winners -Leg 1
SS1 - Gronholm
SS2 - Gronholm
SS3 - Loeb
SS4 - Gronholm
SS5 - Loeb
SS6 - McRae & Loeb (exact same time)

Todays Retirements
SS2 - Toni Gardemeister, Skoda - Mechanical Problem
SS5 - Tommi Makinen, Subaru - Went Off, could not get back on
SS5 - Petter Solberg, Subaru - Went off, damaged radiator