Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm wins Rally Australia convincingly beating team-mate Harri Rovanpera by 57.3 secs. Petter Solberg is third but his Subaru team-mate Tommi Makinen is later disqualified from fourth place as his car was underweight#; Carlos Sainz thus moves up to fourth, with Ford team-mate, Markko Martin completing the top five.

# Subaru initially launched a protest at the exclusion. The Stewards rejected it though, and Subaru have decided not to appeal, in "the interests of the sport", according to Team Principal, David Lapworth.

Overall times after SS24 / Leg 3 - Top 30:

1. Marcus Gronholm Peugeot 206 WRC 3hours 35mins 56.5secs
2. Harri Rovanpera Peugeot 206 WRC +00mins 57.3secs
3. Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC +01mins 28.7secs
4. Carlos Sainz Ford Focus RS WRC +03mins 09.0secs
5. Markko Martin Ford Focus RS WRC +06mins 21.5secs
6. Toni Gardemeister Skoda Octavia WRC Evo +07mins 11.6secs
7. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Xsara WRC +09mins 06.1secs
8. Kenneth Eriksson Skoda Octavia WRC Evo +12mins 46.4secs
9. Jani Paasonen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC +13mins 25.5secs 10. Manfred Stohl Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +19mins 20.7secs

11. Ed Ordynski Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +20mins 51.8secs
12. Tomasz Kuchar Toyota Corolla WRC +21mins 38.6secs 13. Spencer Lowndes Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +22mins 01.6secs 14. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX +22mins 13.0secs 15. Jussi Valimaki Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +22mins 35.6secs 16. Scott Pedder Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +23mins 05.0secs 17. Alessandro Fiorio Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +23mins 56.2secs 18. Karamjit Singh Proton Pert +24mins 09.9secs 19. Simon Evans Subaru Impreza WRX +24mins 17.8secs 20. Ramon Ferreyros Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +24mins 23.4secs

21. Martin Rowe Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +25mins 44.6secs 22. Stig Blomqvist Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +28mins 36.3secs 23. Bernt Kollevold Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +35mins 09.5secs 24. Alfredo de Dominicis Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +35mins 24.4secs 25. Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza WRX STI RA +36mins 30.0secs 26. David Hills Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V +40mins 00.6secs 27. Saulius Girdauskas Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +43mins 54.6secs 28. Jim Marden Subaru Impreza WRX STI +45mins 03.4secs 29. Haruhiko Torii Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +50mins 21.1secs
30. Andrew Hannigan Daihatsu Charade GTI +53mins 16.0secs

Overall Group N after SS24 / Leg 3 - Top 10:

1. Manfred Stohl Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI 3hours 55mins 17.2secs 2. Ed Ordynski Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +01mins 31.1secs 3. Spencer Lowndes Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +02mins 40.9secs 4. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX +02mins 52.3secs 5. Jussi Valimaki Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +03mins 14.9secs 6. Scott Pedder Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI +03mins 44.3secs 7. Alessandro Fiorio Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +04mins 35.5secs 8. Karamjit Singh Proton Pert +04mins 49.2secs 9. Simon Evans Subaru Impreza WRX +04mins 57.1secs 10. Ramon Ferreyros Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII +05mins 06.7secs

Notable retirements:

DNS. Alister McRae Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC Did not start - injured.
DNS. Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC Did not start.
SS6. Freddy Loix Hyundai Accent WRC Went off the road.
SS7. Richard Burns Peugeot 206 WRC Clutch failure.
SS7. Armin Schwarz Hyundai Accent WRC Engine problem.
SS7. Francois Delecour Mitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC Went off the road.
SS14/15. Colin McRae Ford Focus RS WRC Front end damaged.
SS23. Francois Duval Ford Focus RS WRC Went off the road.
SS24. Juha Kankkunen Hyundai Accent WRC Oil pressure.
DQ Tommi Makinen Subaru Impreza WRC Car underweight.

Key:

Italics denote Group N - Production class - entries.