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Newsflash: Gronholm cuts Loeb’s lead to 0.2 of second

 

September 2, 2007, 1pm. The sensational finish to the 2007 Rally of New Zealand continues on the western Waikato coast where Marcus Gronholm (Ford) has closed to within two-tenths of a second of rally leader Sebastien Loeb (Citroen).

Gronholm won the second sprint through the Te Hutewai stage near Raglan in 7m 43s, cutting out the distance 2.1 seconds quicker than Loeb.

They now head into the second run through the classic Whaanga Coast test where Loeb was the faster earlier in the day.

Meanwhile Jarri-Matti Latvala is holding Chris Atkinson at bay in their battle for fourth place, the Ford driver increasing the gap to the Subaru by two-tenths of a second.

In the race for first Kiwi Richard Mason is running away from fellow Impreza WRX driver Sam Murray and is now 23 seconds ahead.


 


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