Burns Takes First Place in Argentina Rally

Published May 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Britain's Richard Burns, driving a Subaru Impreza WRC, won the Argentina Rally to extend his lead in the 2000 World Championship to 14 points on Sunday. 

Finland's Marcus Gronholm retained his second place finish in the Rally Of Argentina after race officials exonerated him for a possible rule break. 

This season's revelation was summoned to appear before the stewards shortly after Sunday's finish after opening the bonnet of his Peugeot 206 WRC in a zone where no mechanical work was allowed. 

The committee was satisfied however with the Finn's explanation that he had not carried out any running repairs to the car. 

Burns clocked one minute and 7.4 seconds ahead of Gronholm and Mitsubishi's Tommi Makinen, the reigning world champion. 

Gronholm (24 points) and Makinen (23) are also the closest challengers to the Englishman in the championship with Burns now on 38 points after his third triumph this season and the eighth of his career. 

The next round of the Championship takes place in Greece between June 8 and 11 as the competitors face the tough gravel stages in the Acropolis Rally - (Several Sources) 

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