SS 3 - Tyle (10.55 kms): Gronholm fastest through SS3; Auriol second; Burns third; Colin McRae fourth; Rovanpera fifth; Sainz sixth; Alister McRae seventh; Mark Higgins 11th; Sainz had a 40 sec road penalty; David Higgins leads Group N; Colin McRae leads overall rally by 00.2 secs.

Stage times and overall standings after SS3.

Top ten stage times for SS3:

1.Marcus GronholmPeugeot 206 WRC5mins 41.9secs
2.Didier AuriolPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 02.3secs
3.Richard BurnsSubaru Impreza WRC+00mins 02.6secs
4.Colin McRaeFord Focus RS WRC+00mins 02.7secs
5.Harri RovanperaPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 07.8secs
6.Carlos SainzFord Focus RS WRC+00mins 08.1secs
7.Alister McRaeHyundai Accent WRC+00mins 08.8secs
8.Markko MartinSubaru Impreza WRC+00mins 09.2secs
9.Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC+00mins 12.4secs
10.Armin SchwarzSkoda Octavia WRC+00mins 13.1secs

Overall times after SS3:

1.Colin McRaeFord Focus RS WRC14mins 29.4secs
2.Marcus GronholmPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 00.2secs
3.Didier AuriolPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 04.4secs
4.Richard BurnsSubaru Impreza WRC+00mins 07.3secs
5.Alister McRaeHyundai Accent WRC+00mins 16.8secs
6.Markko MartinSubaru Impreza WRC+00mins 18.4secs
7.Harri RovanperaPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 20.4secs
8.Gilles Panizzi Peugeot 206 WRC+00mins 24.0secs
9.Mark HigginsFord Focus RS WRC+00mins 28.1secs
10.Bruno ThirySkoda Octavia WRC+00mins 31.2secs

11.Freddie LoixMitsubishi Lancer Evo WRC+00mins 32.2secs
12.Kenneth ErikssonHyundai Accent WRC+00mins 32.3secs
13.Armin SchwarzSkoda Octavia WRC+00mins 32.8secs
14.Neil WeardenSubaru Impreza WRC+00mins 33.6secs
15.Janne TuohinoToyota Corolla WRC+00mins 37.4secs
16.Gwyndaf EvansSeat Cordoba WRC+00mins 41.3secs
17.Toshihiro Arai Subaru Impreza WRC+00mins 51.9secs
18.Gregoire de MeviusPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 53.1secs
19.Roman KrestaSkoda Octavia WRC+01mins 05.0secs
20.Henning SolbergSubaru Impreza WRC+01mins 05.7secs

Other:

21.Carlos SainzFord Focus RS WRC+01mins 07.3secs

Overall Group N after SS3:

1.David HigginsSubaru Impreza 55516mins 03.1secs
2.Kenneth BacklundMitsubishi Lancer Evo+00mins 01.2secs
3.Ramon FerreyrosMitsubishi Lancer Evo+00mins 02.5secs

Notable retirements:

SS2.Tommi MakinenMitsubishi Lancer Evo WRCHit a rock, broke the wishbone and took a wheel off.
SS2.Petter SolbergSubaru Impreza WRCFuel pressure problems.
SS2.Piero LiattiHyundai Accent WRCClutch problems.