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Old 05-14-2004, 10:49 AM   #15
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Here is the story after 5 stages:

SS4 1448hrs Lagoudera - Spilia 38.32km

The second pass through the longest test of the event, the rocky and rutted 38.32km stage from Lagoudera saw the first large gaps appear on the overall leaderboard. Gronholm was fastest and took the overall lead, while Carlos Sainz was second quickest and Markko Martin third. There were problems for Petter Solberg when the radiator on his car became blocked with sand and dirt. This hampered the airflow and caused the engine temperature to rise. To cope, the engine management system automatically switched to a safe running mode, which stabilised the temperature, at the expense of some performance. At the finish, the Norwegian had lost 4 minutes 11 seconds. His team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen, was sixth fastest. There was more bad luck for Mitsubishi's Sohlberg as the Finn dropped a further eight minutes due to a slipping clutch. He ended the test in fifteenth place overall.
Fastest Time: Gronholm (Peugeot) 34:55.7

SS5 1611hrs Kourdali - Asinou 15.00km

After stopping at the roadside to clean the sand from his car's radiator using water from his drinking bottle, Petter Solberg, and the remaining WRC drivers, headed 6.72km north to the start of the repeated 15km stage near to the town of Kourdali. Sebastien Loeb was the pace-setter and took his second win of the day, while gravel specialist Rovanpera was second quickest and Martin third. Still encountering blocking problems with his car's radiator, Solberg lost more time when he stopped to clear the dust. Mitsubishi driver, Kristian Sohlberg lost another 4 minutes as a result of his car's continuing clutch problem.
Fastest Time: Loeb (Citroen) 15:32.2

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