However, for the second day in a row Margam would end the chances of one of the leading cars. After Toni Gardemeister lost half an hour on Saturday afternoon when he went off on SS14, it was the turn of Mark Higgins to hit trouble. His Focus stopped in the stage, although he managed to recover to get to the finish. However a time some 22 minutes slower than Solberg saw Higgins plummet out of the points and down to 16th. That left Stohl nearly five minutes ahead of Nicolas Vouilloz and safe, barring any last minute problems, in the final points scoring position.
Unsurprisingly, the third and final run through the head-to-head Super Special in Cardiff had no effect on the standings, Solberg narrowly beating Loeb as the duo lined up alongside each other to take the victory by 6.3 seconds. Martin set the quickest time on the stage as he finished third, ahead of Sainz with Duval fifth and Rovanpera sixth. Hirvonen and Stohl then completed the points scoring postitions.
Ten points for Solberg sees him close the gap to Loeb, but eight for the Frenchman means he still has an advantage of 28 points with just four events remaining and remains the hot favourite for the championship.
With a lead of over two minutes once Baldacci had retired, Wilks had only to finish the event to take maximum points – the ten points making it a dream home event for the Suzuki man who jumps to the top of the JWRC standings. Kris Meeke made it a British one-two by following him home in Opel while Kosti Katajamaki rounded out the podium.