SS3 - Aughnasheelan 1 (25.19km): Loeb fastest through a wet and rainy SS3; Aava second; Hirvonen third; Sordo fourth despite acceleration problems; Henning Solberg fifth; Rautenbach sixth; Atkinson completed stage with windscreen damage - didn't secure bonnet properly; McShea retired in the new Proton Satria S2000 before stage - electrical problem; Prokop reported intermittent engine problems; Burkart heads the JWRC category; Aava leads overall by 6.7 secs.

Top ten stage times for SS3:

1. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC 14mins 35.2secs M
2. Urmo AavaStobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08+00mins 15.3secs MT
3. Mikko HirvonenBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 18.6secs M
4. Daniel SordoCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC+00mins 21.7secs M
5. Henning SolbergStobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08+00mins 33.1secs MT
6. Conrad RautenbachCitroen Junior Team C4 WRC+00mins 41.0secs A8
7. Matthew WilsonStobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08+00mins 55.0secs A8
8. Gareth MacHaleFord Focus+01mins 04.3secs A8
9. Sebastien OgierCitroen Junior Team C4 WRC+01mins 06.2secs A8
10. Eamonn BolandSubaru Impreza WRC+01mins 08.5secs A8

Overall times after SS3:

1. Urmo AavaStobart Ford Focus RS WRC 0836mins 26.0secs MT
2. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 06.7secs M
3. Mikko HirvonenBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 30.9secs M
4. Daniel SordoCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC+00mins 36.9secs M
5. Henning SolbergStobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08+00mins 55.4secs MT
6. Conrad RautenbachCitroen Junior Team C4 WRC+01mins 26.2secs A8
7. Gareth MacHaleFord Focus+01mins 40.5secs A8
8. Eamonn BolandSubaru Impreza WRC+01mins 52.7secs A8
9. Matthew WilsonStobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08+02mins 05.0secs A8
10. Khalid Al QassimiBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +02mins 10.5secs A8
11. Sebastien OgierCitroen Junior Team C4 WRC+02mins 29.9secs A8
12. Chris AtkinsonCitroen Junior Team C4 WRC+02mins 39.2secs MT
13. Aaron MacHaleFord Focus WRC+02mins 45.1secs A8
14. Alan Ring Mitsubishi Evo 9 +02mins 52.5secs N4
15. Shaun Gallagher Mitsubishi Evo 9+03mins 14.9secs N4
16. Gary JenningsMitsubishi Evo 9 +03mins 48.9secs N4
17. Austin MacHaleFord Focus WRC+05mins 06.0secs A8
18. Aaron BurkartSuzuki Swift S1600+05mins 14.6secs J
19. Tim McNultySubaru S12B+05mins 19.8secs A8
20. Hans WeijsCitroen C2 S1600+05mins 23.6secs J

Overall JWRC after SS3:

1. Aaron BurkartSuzuki Swift S160041mins 40.6secs J
2. Hans WeijsCitroen C2 S1600+00mins 09.0secs J
3. Yoann BonatoSuzuki Swift Sport+00mins 22.3secs J

Notable retirements:

SS2/3. Jari-Matti LatvalaBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 Mechanical. M
SS2/3. Niall McShea Proton Satria Neo S2000Electrical. S2000

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
J - denotes Junior WRC entry.

all times unofficial

 

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