The Safari Rally's third and final stage of Leg Three went the way of Citroen's Sebastien Loeb in a time of 36:35.1. However despite his blistering time the Frenchman was not able to catch and pass Ford's Markko Martin, who was second quickest through the stage, and finished up in fifth place, 20.1 seconds behind the young Estonian Ford driver.
But it was Martin's teammate Colin McRae who had the most to smile about at the end of the stage, as although he was only seventh best for the stage and lost a minute to Peugeot's Harri Rovanpera, he still came out as the new Safari king. The victory not only handed McRae his third Safari win, but also a new record as the Ford star has now won 25 World Rally Championship rallies.
Citroen's Thomas Radstrom finished the rally in third place although he was three and a half minutes off his teammate's stage winning time. But to put things in perspective Radstrom was a massive 16 minutes off Rovenpera's overall time, but also three minutes ahead of Martin. Radstrom was sixth quickest through the final stage just behind Hyundai's Juha Kankkunen, who completes the rally in eighth place.
Peugeot's Gilles Panizzi secured his sixth placed finish by setting the third best time of the stage, while Skoda's Roman Kresta came home in seventh place, despite dropping eight and a half minutes during the stage. Kankkunen was eighth overall, while Alister McRae completed the rally in ninth place.
But, and there is always a but, before the results can be finalised the remaining crews have to make their way to one final service at Suswa before heading off to the official finish at the KICC in Nairobi.