18 May 08
The final day of the Rally d’Italia - Sardegna is the shortest of the event.
After leaving the parc ferme in Olbia from 0700hrs, competitors will face two loops of two tests south of the town, split by a return for a 30-minute service.
The rally ends with a short final stage along the Costa Smeralda coastline, just south of Porto Cervo. The finish is in Porto Cervo at 1430hrs after a Sunday total of 78.57km of competition.
Weather conditions were dry and skies were clear when cars left the harbour in Olbia to drive to the first stage. Light rain overnight meant the first stage was a little damp, but with the temperature predicted to rise from a low of 18, to 24 degrees Celsius the moisture should evaporate quickly. There is a 30 percent chance of further showers during the day.
Sebastien Loeb has the unenviable task of starting first on the road today and sweeping slippery loose gravel from the surface. But the defending world champion hopes his 29 second lead will be enough to keep the hard charging Fords of Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala behind.
This rally has a reputation for last day upsets, however, and Loeb was in a similar situation last year - leading by more than 30 seconds on the final morning - shortly before he hit a rock and retired.
Here is the complete WRC running order for day three:
7. H. Solberg
10. P. Solberg
15. Al Qassimi