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Result – Wales Rally GB.

BP Ford team leader Marcus Gronholm took victory in Wales Rally GB, ending a 27 year wait for a Blue Oval win in the event. Jaan Molder clinched the JWRC win in the season finale while BRC honours went to Ryan Champion.

Overall times after SS17 – end of leg 3:

1. Marcus Gronholm BP Ford Focus RS WRC 06 3hr 20mins 24.8secs M1
2. Manfred Stohl OMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC +01mins 35.5secs M2
3. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006 +01mins 55.2secs M1
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06 +02mins 37.1secs M2
5. Xavier Pons Kronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06 +03mins 19.9secs M1
6. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006 +03mins 27.5secs M1
7. Daniel Sordo Kronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06 +04mins 08.3secs M1
8. Francois Duval First Skoda Fabia WRC +04mins 22.6secs

9. Harri Rovanpera Red Bull Skoda Fabia WRC +08mins 00.3secs M2
10. Jan Kopecky Czech RT-Skoda Kopecky Fabia WRC +08mins 27.8secs
11. Henning Solberg OMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC +08mins 48.3secs M2
12. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06 +10mins 21.9secs M2
13. Anton Alen Subaru Impreza +20mins 24.6secs
14. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza +21mins 34.1secs
15. Oscar Svedlund Subaru Swedish Dealer Team Impreza +23mins 22.7secs
16. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus WRC +27mins 33.9secs
17. Ryan Champion Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +30mins 10.8secs B
18. Stuart Jones Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +30mins 54.9secs B
19. David Higgins Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +30mins 56.7secs B
20. Juho Hanninen Citroen C2 +32mins 27.0secs

Overall JWRC after SS17 – end of leg 3:

1. Jaan Molder Suzuki Swift S1600 3hr 55mins 04.7secs J
2. Luca Betti Renault Clio Super 1600 +01mins 55.6secs J
3. Aaron Nicolai Burkart Citroen C2 GT +05mins 45.4secs J
4. Barry Clark Ford Fiesta +09mins 18.5secs J / B
5. Patrick Sandell Renault Clio Super 1600 +11mins 02.7secs J
6. James Wozencroft Suzuki Ignis +11mins 25.9secs J / B
7. Andrea Cortinovis Renault Clio +12mins 44.1secs J
8. Urmo Aava Suzuki Swift S1600 +15mins 27.2secs J

9. Jozef Beres Suzuki Ignis S1600 +16mins 17.3secs J
10. Guy Wilks Suzuki Swift S1600 +22mins 02.1secs J


Notable retirements*:

SS1. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC Off the road #
SS2. Urmo Aava Suzuki Swift S1600 Steering J #
SS2. Andreas Mikkelsen Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06 Off the road #
After SS3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 06 Damaged roll cage M1
SS5. Andreas Aigner Red Bull Skoda Fabia WRC Rolled M2
SS6. P-G Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600 Suspension J #

SS8. Kris Meeke Citroen C2 S1600 Driveshaft J
After SS9. Guy Wilks Suzuki Swift S1600 Gearbox J / B #
After SS9. Mark Higgins Ford Focus WRC 05 Engine
After SS12. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus WRC Mechanical #

SS14. Andreas Mikkelsen Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06 Off the road
SS15. Patrick Sandell Renault Clio Super 1600 Off the road J #
SS15. P-G Andersson Suzuki Swift S1600 Off the road J
SS16. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus WRC Gearbox #



* Under the 'SupeRally' system, retired cars can re-start on subsequent legs with time penalties imposed for however many stages they miss.

# denotes elected/able to re-start or finish under the SupeRally rules..

M1 - denotes Manufacturer 1 entry.
M2 - denotes Manufacturer 2 entry.
J - denotes Junior WRC entry.
B - denotes can score points in MSA British Rally Championship.

all times unofficial


Related Pictures

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Marcus Gronholm (FIN) - Timo Rautiainen (FIN), BP Ford Focus WRC. Wales Rally GB, 1st-3rd December 2006.
Manfred Stohl (AUT) - Ilka Minor (AUT), OMV Peugeot Norway WRT 307 WRC. Wales Rally GB, 1st-3rd December 2006.
Petter Solberg (N) - Philip Mills (GBR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC. Wales Rally GB, 1st-3rd December 2006.
Esapekka Lappi. Skoda Motorsport Fabia Super 2000. Rallye International du Valais. Switzerland
Hayden Paddon, John Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC, #20 Hyundai Motorsport N)
Hayden Paddon, John Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC, #20 Hyundai Motorsport N)
Hayden Paddon, John Kennard (Hyundai i20 WRC, #20 Hyundai Motorsport N)
Ken Block (USA) Alex Gelsomino (ITA), Ford Fiesta WRC
Ken Block (USA) Alex Gelsomino (ITA), Ford Fiesta WRC
Ken Block (USA) Alex Gelsomino (ITA), Ford Fiesta WRC
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Ken Block (USA) Alex Gelsomino (ITA), Ford Fiesta WRC
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)

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