SS3 - Aughnasheelan 1 (25.19km): Loeb fastest through a wet and rainy SS3; Aava second; Hirvonen third; Sordo fourth despite acceleration problems; Henning Solberg fifth; Rautenbach sixth; Atkinson completed stage with windscreen damage - didn't secure bonnet properly; McShea retired in the new Proton Satria S2000 before stage - electrical problem; Prokop reported intermittent engine problems; Burkart heads the JWRC category; Aava leads overall by 6.7 secs.

Top ten stage times for SS3:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 14mins 35.2secs M
2. Urmo Aava Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 15.3secs MT
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 18.6secs M
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 21.7secs M
5. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 33.1secs MT
6. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 41.0secs A8
7. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 55.0secs A8
8. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus +01mins 04.3secs A8
9. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +01mins 06.2secs A8
10. Eamonn Boland Subaru Impreza WRC +01mins 08.5secs A8

Overall times after SS3:

1. Urmo Aava Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 36mins 26.0secs MT
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 06.7secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 30.9secs M
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 36.9secs M
5. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 55.4secs MT
6. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +01mins 26.2secs A8
7. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus +01mins 40.5secs A8
8. Eamonn Boland Subaru Impreza WRC +01mins 52.7secs A8
9. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +02mins 05.0secs A8
10. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +02mins 10.5secs A8
11. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +02mins 29.9secs A8
12. Chris Atkinson Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +02mins 39.2secs MT
13. Aaron MacHale Ford Focus WRC +02mins 45.1secs A8
14. Alan Ring Mitsubishi Evo 9 +02mins 52.5secs N4
15. Shaun Gallagher Mitsubishi Evo 9 +03mins 14.9secs N4
16. Gary Jennings Mitsubishi Evo 9 +03mins 48.9secs N4
17. Austin MacHale Ford Focus WRC +05mins 06.0secs A8
18. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 +05mins 14.6secs J
19. Tim McNulty Subaru S12B +05mins 19.8secs A8
20. Hans Weijs Citroen C2 S1600 +05mins 23.6secs J

Overall JWRC after SS3:

1. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 41mins 40.6secs J
2. Hans Weijs Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 09.0secs J
3. Yoann Bonato Suzuki Swift Sport +00mins 22.3secs J

Notable retirements:

SS2/3. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 Mechanical. M
SS2/3. Niall McShea Proton Satria Neo S2000 Electrical. S2000

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
J - denotes Junior WRC entry.

all times unofficial

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