Scotsman Colin McRae, driving a Ford Focus, won the ultra-tough Acropolis Rally here Sunday
Sainz obeys order to hand McRae victory

ITEA, Greece, June 11 (AFP) - Scotsman Colin McRae, driving a Ford Focus, won the ultra-tough Acropolis Rally here Sunday, after his Spanish teammate Carlos Sainz stopped for two minutes to let him pass just 50 metres from the flag.

Ford team director Malcolm Wilson had issued strict orders that the two drivers should hold their overnight positions.

Following Wilson's orders McRae had said he would ease off for the final two stages and concentrate on not making any stupid mistakes.

Three time Acropolis winner Sainz, abided by his team director's instructions but the manner in which he did this will surely have underlined his feelings on the matter.

McRae clocked 4hr 56min 54.8sec after the 19 special stages, with Sainz 23.1sec behind and Finland's Juha Kankkunen 6min 38.3sec back, in this the seventh leg of the world championships.

Sainz now lies joint fourth with Finland's reighing world champion Tommi Makkinen of Mitsubishi on 23 points in the drivers championship standings.

World championship leader Richard Burns of Britain, who was forced to retire during the 13th special stage earlier Sunday with turbocharger problems, maintains his overall lead with 38 points, while McRae and Peugeot 206 driver Marcus Gronholm of Finland lie level in second on 24 points.

The 47th Acropolis Rally, the seventh of 14 legs of the World Championships, was staged over a 1,365 kilometer course somprising 19 special stages of 405 km, run on gravel roads.