Another relative novice making headlines was Peugeot-Michelin's Gilles Panizzi (6th) whose experience prior to the start amounted to just half a day of competitive action in 2000. This time round, the Frenchman succeeded in reaching the finish… and in the points too. Not only that, Day 2 saw the asphalt ace posted the first fastest time on gravel before adding a further best time on the final morning.
Seventh place for Roman Kresta at the finish made up for Skoda-Michelin's understandable disappointment at losing Toni Gardemeister and Kenneth Eriksson who were forced out with mechanical problems while lying inside the top-six. However, the three Manufacturers' points harvested by the Czech driver has allowed his team to move into 4th place in the championship standings.
Finally, full marks must go to Hyundai-Michelin's Juha Kankkunen (8th) and Mitsubishi-Michelin's Alister McRae (9th) who persevered in the face of adversity to reach the finish despite a number of time-consuming troubles. Although they completed the distance more than an hour adrift of Colin McRae, both had the satisfaction of collecting welcome Manufacturers' points for their respective teams.