SS9 - Halfway 1 (18.37 km): Gronholm leads Solberg through SS9 with Duval an impressive third. Higgins loses turbo and drops over 4mins, Sordo loses further time with gearbox issue. Gronholm now leads by over a minute, Solberg back into second. Wilks leads JWRC but stops after stage and works on car before setting off back to service.

Stage times and overall standings after SS9.

Top ten stage times for SS9:

1. Marcus GronholmBP Ford Focus RS WRC 0610mins 35.8secs M1
2. Petter SolbergSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006+00mins 05.7secs M1
3. Francois DuvalFirst Skoda Fabia WRC+00mins 06.0secs
4. Jari-Matti LatvalaStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06+00mins 06.6secs M2
5. Xavier PonsKronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06+00mins 08.9secs M1
6. Henning SolbergOMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC+00mins 10.2secs M2
7. Manfred StohlOMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC+00mins 10.4secs M2
8. Chris AtkinsonSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006+00mins 12.8secs M1
9. Matthew WilsonStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06+00mins 17.0secs M2
10. Jan KopeckyCzech RT-Skoda Kopecky Fabia WRC +00mins 21.5secs

Overall times after SS9:

1. Marcus GronholmBP Ford Focus RS WRC 061hr 43mins 52.4secs M1
2. Petter SolbergSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006+01mins 02.3secs M1
3. Manfred StohlOMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC+01mins 06.1secs M2
4. Jari-Matti LatvalaStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06+02mins 15.0secs M2
5. Xavier PonsKronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06+02mins 20.2secs M1
6. Chris AtkinsonSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2006+03mins 15.0secs M1
7. Francois DuvalFirst Skoda Fabia WRC+03mins 17.8secs
8. Daniel SordoKronos Citroen Xsara WRC 06+04mins 04.1secs M1
9. Harri RovanperaRed Bull Skoda Fabia WRC+04mins 37.7secs M2
10. Jan KopeckyCzech RT-Skoda Kopecky Fabia WRC +05mins 22.8secs

11. Matthew WilsonStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 06+06mins 31.2secs M2
12. Henning SolbergOMV Peugeot Norway 307 WRC+07mins 24.3secs M2
13. Mark HigginsFord Focus WRC 05 +08mins 05.7secs
14. Gareth MacHaleFord Focus WRC+08mins 34.4secs
15. Anton Alen Subaru Impreza+10mins 52.0secs
16. Patrik FlodinSubaru Impreza+12mins 05.3secs
17. Oscar Svedlund Subaru Swedish Dealer Team Impreza +13mins 21.1secs
18. Ryan Champion Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution+14mins 13.2secs B
19. Alister McRaeToyota Corolla Super 2000+14mins 34.5secs
20. Mirco BaldacciMitsubishi Lancer Evoution+14mins 54.2secs

Overall JWRC after SS9:

1. Guy WilksSuzuki Swift S16001hr 59mins 57.2secs J / B
2. Jaan Molder Suzuki Swift S1600+01mins 37.1secs J
3. Patrick SandellRenault Clio Super 1600+02mins 50.2secs 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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