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Sainz takes 25th WRC win in Turkey.

Wilks missed out on second place though after his gearbox jammed itself in third gear in the penultimate stage. The British driver was forced to drive through the remainder of SS17 and all of the final stage with the car in this condition. Wilks' problems allowed Salvador Canellas to move up to second place, some consolation after his fellow Suzuki Ignis driver - and long time leader - Daniel Carlsson retired with suspension trouble. He was lying third at the time.

Renault Clio driver Simon-Jean Joseph won the A6 class overall, but he is not registered for the FIA JWRC.

Among the top non-works drivers, Gilles Panizzi finished fifth overall, his best finish on a gravel round of the championship. Panizzi said the final day had been without any problems aboard his Bozian-run Peugeot 206 WRC. Panizzi's team-mate Juuso Pykalisto suffered a clutch problem on the final day, but still managed 11th place overall.



Rally statistics - Leg 3:

Starters: 29 crews (27 Group A and 2 Group N) started this morning.

Retirements: 2 drivers.

Today - Sunday 9 February: Leg 3 started from Kemer at 07h00 and covered 320.95km, including 84.01km on five stages.



Stage by stage summary - Leg 3:

SS14 Simena 2 (13.40kms):
1. McRae (GB) Citroen 1m 51.3
2. Martin (EE) Ford 1m 51.4
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 1m 52.0

Leaders after SS14:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 28m 42.0
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3h 30m 01.4
3. Duval (B) Ford 3h 30m 27.1

SS15 Myra 2 (24.01km):
1. Burns (GB) Peugeot 21m 20.7
2. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 21m 25.0
3. Martin (EE) Ford 21m 25.6

Leaders after SS15:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 50m 13.3
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3h 51m 22.1
3. Duval (B) Ford 3h 52m 13.3

SS16 Arykanda (12.00kms):
1. Duval (B) Ford 8m 13.4
2. Martin (EE) Ford 8m 13.8
3. McRae (GB) Citroen 8m 13.9

Leaders after SS6:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 3h 58m 31.6
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 3h 59m 40.0
3. Duval (B) Ford 4h 00m 26.7

SS17 Perge 2 (24.97kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 18m 13.8
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 18m 24.0
3. Martin (EE) Ford 18m 24.1

Leaders after SS7:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 4h 16m 58.8
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot 4h 18m 04.0
3. Duval (B) Ford 4h 18m 57.5

SS18 Kemer 2 (20.50kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 14m 46.5
2. C.McRae (GB) Citroen 14m 56.1
3. Burns (GB) Peugeot 14m 58.0

Leaders after SS18:
1. Sainz (E) Citroen 4h 32m 14.1
2. Burns (GB) Peugeot +47.9
3. Duval (B) Ford +1m 46.5
4. C.McRae (GB) Citroen +2m 09.1
5. Panizzi (F) Peugeot +2m 41.6
6. Martin (EE) Ford +3m 24.9
7. Gardemeister (FIN) Skoda +5m 13.0
8. Makinen (FIN) Subaru +7m 18.6
9. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot +10m 52.2
10. Loix (B) Hyundai +11m 40.4

Junior WRC leaders after SS18:
1. Katajamaki (FIN) Volkswagen 5h 08m 56.6
2. Canellas (E) Suzuki +5m 04.8
3. Wilks (GB) Ford +9m 08.5
4. Teuronen (FIN) Suzuki +13m 22.6
5. Cecchettini (I) FIAT +29m 09.0
6. Feghali (RL) Ford +41m 21.4
7. Iliev (BG) Peugeot +57m 42.8


Final rally statistics:

Event: The rally covered 1193.85km, including 337.88km on 18 special stages (including seven run twice). All stages were on gravel roads closed to other traffic.

Starters: 58 crews (53 Group A and 5 Group N) started the rally.

Finishers: 27 crews (25 Group A and 2 Group N) finished the rally.

Stage winners:
Gronholm (SS1-SS9-SS17-SS18)
Rovanpera (SS2-SS4-SS6-SS7)
Solberg (SS3)
Martin (SS5-SS12)
Sainz (SS8-SS10-SS13)
Burns (SS11-SS15)
McRae (SS14)
Duval (SS16)

Rally leaders:
SS1 Gronholm
SS2-SS3 Solberg
SS4-SS9 Rovanpera
SS9-SS18 Sainz



FIA World Rally Championships:

FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers (provisional standings after 3 of 14 rounds): Burns (GB) 18, C. McRae (GB) 17, Sainz (E) 16, Martin (EE) 13, Loeb (F) 12, Gronholm (FIN) 10, Makinen (FIN) 9, Duval (B) 8, Panizzi (F) 4, Solberg (N) 3, Robert (F) 3, Gardemeister (FIN) 3, Schwarz (D) 1.

FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers (provisional standings after 3 of 14 rounds): Citroen 39, Peugeot 31, Ford 25, Subaru 13, Skoda 6, Hyundai 3.

FIA Junior World Rally Championship (after 2 of 7 rounds): Tirabassi (F) 10, Katajamaki (FIN) 10, Ligato (I) 8, Canellas (E) 8, Broccoli (RSM) 6, Wilks (GB) 6, Aava (EE) 5, Teuronen (FIN) 5, Cecchettini (I) 4, Ceccato (I) 4, Feghali (RL) 3, Sebalj (HR) 3, Baldacci (RSM) 2, Iliev (BG) 2, Harrach (A) 1.

FIA Production Car World Championship (after 1 of 7 rounds, this event not counting): Blomqvist (S) 10, Singh (MAL) 8, Rowe (GB) 6, Bourne (NZ) 5, Holowczyc (PL) 4, Roman (S) 3, Sztuka (PL) 2, Richard (CAN) 1.



Next event: April 9 - 13, Propecia Rally New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand.




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