SS8 - Epynt 1 (13.76 km): Gronholm paces SS8 from Pons and Solberg who closes gap to second placed Stohl. Sordo loses 40secs with gearbox problems. Meeke fails to make it through the stage, putting Wilks in JWRC lead.

Stage times and overall standings after SS8.

Top ten stage times for SS8:

1. Marcus GronholmBP Ford Focus RS WRC 0607mins 40.4secs M1
2. Xavier PonsKronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06+00mins 00.9secs M1
3. Petter SolbergSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006+00mins 01.7secs M1
4. Henning SolbergOMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC+00mins 04.3secs M2
=. Francois DuvalFirst Skoda Fabia WRC+00mins 04.3secs
6. Manfred StohlOMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC+00mins 05.5secs M2
=. Chris AtkinsonSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006+00mins 05.5secs M1
8. Jari-Matti LatvalaStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06+00mins 06.2secs M2
9. Mark HigginsFord Focus WRC 05 +00mins 06.5secs
10. Harri RovanperaRed Bull Skoda Fabia WRC+00mins 13.5secs M2

Overall times after SS8:

1. Marcus GronholmBP Ford Focus RS WRC 061hr 33mins 16.5secs M1
2. Manfred StohlOMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC+00mins 55.8secs M2
3. Petter SolbergSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006+00mins 56.5secs M1
4. Jari-Matti LatvalaStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06+02mins 08.5secs M2
5. Xavier PonsKronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06+02mins 11.3secs M1
6. Daniel SordoKronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06+02mins 59.7secs M1
7. Chris AtkinsonSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006+03mins 02.1secs M1
8. Francois DuvalFirst Skoda Fabia WRC+03mins 11.8secs
9. Mark HigginsFord Focus WRC 05 +03mins 12.6secs
10. Harri RovanperaRed Bull Skoda Fabia WRC+04mins 14.2secs M2

11. Jan KopeckyCzech RT-Skoda Kopecky Fabia WRC +05mins 01.3secs
12. Matthew WilsonStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06+06mins 14.2secs M2
13. Henning SolbergOMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC+07mins 14.0secs M2
14. Gareth MacHaleFord Focus WRC+07mins 50.7secs
15. Anton Alen Subaru Impreza+09mins 50.1secs
16. Patrik FlodinSubaru Impreza+11mins 01.8secs
17. Oscar Svedlund Subaru Swedish Dealer Team Impreza +12mins 20.0secs
18. Ryan Champion Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution+12mins 54.5secs B
19. Alister McRaeToyota Corolla Super 2000+13mins 28.3secs
20. Mirco BaldacciMitsubishi Lancer Evoution+13mins 59.0secs

Overall JWRC after SS8:

1. Guy WilksSuzuki Swift S16001hr 48mins 01.3secs J / B
2. Jaan Molder Suzuki Swift S1600+01mins 03.5secs J
3. Patrick SandellRenault Clio Super 1600+02mins 32.4secs J

Notable retirements*:

SS2. Urmo AavaSuzuki Swift S1600Steering J #
SS2. Andreas Mikkelsen Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06 Off the road #
After SS3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Focus RS WRC 06Damaged roll cage M1
SS5. Andreas AignerRed Bull Skoda Fabia WRCRolled M2
SS6. P-G AnderssonSuzuki Swift S1600Suspension J #

SS8. Kris MeekeCitroen C2 S1600Off the road J

* 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.

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

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