SS8 - Cosio 2 (19.19 kms): Martin fastest through SS8; Panizzi second; Gronholm third; Duval fourth; Sainz fifth; Bugalski sixth; Baldacci leads the JWRC category; Loeb leads the overall rally by 52.1 secs.

Stage times and overall standings after SS8.

Top ten stage times for SS8:

1. Markko MartinFord Focus RS WRC11mins 51.3secs
2.Gilles PanizziPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 06.0secs
3.Marcus GronholmPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 06.3secs
4.Francois DuvalFord Focus RS WRC+00mins 06.5secs
5.Carlos SainzCitroen Xsara WRC+00mins 07.9secs
6.Philippe BugalskiCitroen Xsara WRC+00mins 09.1secs
7.Sebastien LoebCitroen Xsara WRC+00mins 09.6secs
8.Colin McRaeCitroen Xsara WRC+00mins 12.4secs
9. Richard BurnsPeugeot 206 WRC+00mins 12.6secs
10.Tommi MakinenSubaru Impreza WRC+00mins 18.0secs

Overall times after SS8:

1.Sebastien LoebCitroen Xsara WRC2hours 17mins 19.0secs
2.Markko MartinFord Focus RS WRC+00mins 52.1secs
3.Marcus GronholmPeugeot 206 WRC+01mins 02.9secs
4.Carlos SainzCitroen Xsara WRC+01mins 35.8secs
5. Francois DuvalFord Focus RS WRC+01mins 45.0secs
6.Gilles PanizziPeugeot 206 WRC+01mins 47.7secs
7.Colin McRaeCitroen Xsara WRC+02mins 20.0secs
8.Philippe BugalskiCitroen Xsara WRC+03mins 32.3secs
9.Tommi MakinenSubaru Impreza WRC+04mins 08.8secs
10.Richard BurnsPeugeot 206 WRC+04mins 16.6secs

11.Cedric RobertPeugeot 206 WRC+04mins 19.5secs
12.Roman KrestaPeugeot 206 WRC+06mins 27.6secs
13.Didier AuriolSkoda Fabia WRC+07mins 08.2secs
14.Nicolas BernardiRenault Clio Super 1.6+13mins 30.6secs
15.Simon Jean-JosephRenault Clio Super 1.6+13mins 45.4secs16.Mirco BaldacciFiat Punto+15mins 52.3secs
17.Piero LiattiPeugeot 206 Super 1.6+16mins 29.2secs18.Kris MeekeOpel Corsa+17mins 45.6secs
19.Mark HigginsSubaru Impreza+19mins 46.5secs20.Salvador CanellasSuzuki Ignis Super 1600+20mins 32.4secs

Overall JWRC after SS8:

1.Mirco BaldacciFiat Punto2hour 33mins 11.3secs2.Kris MeekeOpel Corsa+01mins 53.3secs3.Salvador CanellasSuzuki Ignis Super 1600+04mins 40.1secs

Notable retirements:

DNS.Armin SchwarzHyundai Accent WRCDid not start.
DNS.Freddy LoixHyundai Accent WRCDid not start.
SS2.Toni GardemeisterSkoda Fabia WRCWent off road.
SS3.Mikko HirvonenFord Focus RS WRCMechanical.
SS6/7.Petter SolbergSubaru Impreza WRCFuel problem.

Italics denote Junior World Rally Championship entries.

 

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