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Saturday 22 November 2014

Gronholm crashes in Rally Ireland

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biggest sporting event in Ulster's history

World championship leader Marcus Gronholm was taken to hospital today after crashing on the second day of Rally Ireland.

In a stunning development Gronholm went off the road on just the fourth stage of the rally, Lough Gill in Co Leitrim, his Ford Focus reported to have hit a wall.

The Finn was reported to have initially lost consciousness and the stage was stopped to allow rescue services to reach him and co-driver Timo Rautianen.

He was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

"He (Gronholm) left by ambulance because he was not feeling very well," a Ford team spokesman said.

This followed an eventful evening at Stormont last night when Rally Ireland started with thousands turning up to watch the big event.

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