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Monte Carlo, the oldest and most prestigious event of the calendar, saw the debut of the brand-new World Rally Cars from Peugeot and Mitsubishi, and it was Marcus Gronholm's red and white 307 WRC, which won the first stage it ever contested! The first special stage of the event was cancelled due to spectator overcrowding, but the Finn was fastest on SS2 beating the nearest rival by almost ten seconds. On the penultimate stage of day one Marcus went on to set another fastest time, so there's no doubt about the performance of the new Peugeot; what about its reliability? Just three kilometres from the end of SS4 Gronholm's 307 WRC became jammed in 3rd gear and Marcus was lucky to leave the stage with his lead intact.

However, the double world champion lost this slender lead on the final test of the day. Patches of snow, slush, standing water, ice and dry tarmac all conspired to make tyre choice as difficult as ever on the Monte Carlo Rally. On SS6 Gronholm made the wrong choice losing almost half a minute and relinquishing his lead to Sebastian Loeb. After a cautious start, the Frenchman was able to increase his pace steadily throughout the day concluding it with a victory on the Rosans-L'Epine test. At the end of leg one Seb had 18 seconds lead over Gronholm and Markko Martin, who experienced brake problems on his Ford Focus WRC during the final two stages.

Considering the unpredictable weather and the accuracy required to perfect narrow tricky roads in French Alps, Loeb's advantage over his rivals wasn't comfortable, but in fact the battle for the top spot was over. Sebastian upheld his fearsome reputation on the Monte Carlo Rally by extending his lead to one and a half minutes after the five stages that made up the second leg. While the opening test of the day was halted due to Nicolas Vouilloz's crash half way through the stage, and the penultimate test was cancelled once again on safety grounds, the overnight leader smashed the opposition by winning another three special stages including the 28.39km Sigale - Col de Bleine test, which proved a decisive point in the event.
 

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Im after the Maisto version, I have the press pack with CD for the 307 wrc. I dont understand French though. :giggle

Both look great though :cheers
 
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