02 Aug 09
As they approached the end of Rally Finland relatively secure in their positions, the top four drivers were taking few risks through the penultimate test - but that wasn't the case for the some of the drivers further down the order.
The biggest drama concerned Citroen Total team driver Conrad Rautenbach, who crashed his C4 WRC 7.5km from the start line.
The top ten drivers tackled the stage in reverse order, to fit in with a live broadcast on Finnish television, which meant Rautenbach, in ninth overall, was the second driver through.
The Zimbabwean went off at high speed, his car coming to rest a long way from the road. Conrad and his co-driver Daniel Barrit were uninjured.
Meanwhile the battle for fifth place raged on between Matti Rantanen in his Ford Focus and Citroen C4 driver Sebastien Ogier. Ogier was quicker through SS22 but as they headed off to the final stage Rantanen still held the advantage - by a perilously slim 0.6sec.
Rautenbach's exit moved BP Ford Abu Dhabi Team driver Khalid Al Qassimi into ninth place.
The stage was stopped after the fifteenth car through following a crash for car 87. All competitors further down the running order were awarded the same notional time.