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Panizzi wins Peugeot duel.

There was no such trouble at the front, however, and Panizzi was able to celebrate his recall to the Peugeot squad in style. Indeed, the only man not happy in the camp was Delecour, as Gronholm had much to be grateful for as he takes his championship lead to San Remo later in the month. Another display at the front from the acknowledged asphalt experts will be needed if the Finn is to take his championship advantage into the forests of Australia and Britain, and Panizzi aims to play his part to the full.

''The first victory at this level is like a dream for me,'' he bubbled, ''I always dreamt as a boy of driving a rally car, of winning the French championship, of winning my first world championship event. Now I've done them all. My next dream is to win in San Remo, and score as many points for Peugeot as possible. It's a terrific result for the whole team. I'm delighted.''


Stage winners - leg three.

SS13 Vero II (18.22km) Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC 13mins 01.4secs
SS14 Lopigna II (29.96km) Francois Delecour Peugeot 206 WRC 20mins 17.1secs
SS15 Bellevalle II (20.84km) Richard Burns Subaru Impreza WRC2000 12mins 19.2secs
SS16 Filitosa II (22.47km) Richard Burns Subaru Impreza WRC2000 14mins 03.5secs
SS17 Cuttoli II (17.34km) Marcus Gronholm Peugeot 206 WRC 11mins 31.1secs
SS18 Gare de Carbuccia II (20.04km) Carlos Sainz Ford Focus WRC 12mins 55.8secs


Overall times after SS18

1. Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC 04hrs 02mins 14.2secs +00mins 00.0secs
2. Francois Delecour Peugeot 206 WRC 04hrs 02mins 47.7secs +00mins 33.5secs
3. Carlos Sainz Ford Focus WRC 04hrs 03mins 26.8secs +01mins 12.6secs
4. Richard Burns Subaru Impreza WRC2000 04hrs 03mins 45.1secs +01mins 30.9secs
5. Marcus Gronholm Peugeot 206 WRC 04hrs 04mins 11.3secs +01mins 57.1secs
6. Piero Liatti Ford Focus WRC 04hrs 05mins 08.0secs +02mins 53.8secs
7 Simon Jean-Joseph Subaru Impreza WRC 04hrs 05mins 23.7secs +03mins 09.5secs
8. Didier Auriol SEAT Cordoba WRC 04hrs 05mins 44.9secs +03mins 30.7secs
9. Sebastien Loeb Toyota Corolla WRC 04hrs 09mins 07.4secs +06mins 53.2secs
10. Fabrice Morel Peugeot 206 WRC 04hrs 09mins 34.6secs +07mins 20.4secs

11. Toni Gardemeister SEAT Cordoba WRC 04hrs 09mins 34.7secs +07mins 20.5secs
12. Alister McRae Hyundai Accent WRC 04hrs 11mins 14.9secs +09mins 00.7secs

Group N

17. Manfred Stohl Mitsubishi Carisma GT 04hrs 22mins 28.0secs +20mins 13.8secs
18. Gustavo Trelles Mitsubishi Lancer 04hrs 23mins 00.6secs +20mins 46.4secs
20. Jean-Marie Santoni Mitsubishi Carisma GT 04hrs 25mins 33.3secs +23mins 19.1secs

Retirements

Rtd. Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6 accident – SS13
Rtd Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC accident – SS10
Rtd Gianluigi Galli Mitsubishi Carisma GT retired – SS9
Rtd Kenneth Eriksson Hyundai Accent WRC clutch – SS2
Rtd Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC2000 gearbox/OTL – SS2
Rtd Freddy Loix Mitsubishi Carisma GT accident – SS1

[Times courtesy Mitsubishi Motors]


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