SS7: McRae takes the lead from Gronholm

Colin McRae and Richard Burns set a stunning pace through Hafren Sweet Lamb, one of the notorious stages on this year's event, and McRae has now taken over the lead from Marcus Gronholm, who lost around 20 secs to the pair.

SS7: McRae takes the lead from Gronholm

The news sparked off a massive impromptu firework display as the time was relayed to the crowds close to the famous watersplash.

There's just one stage left tonight before service and the overnight halt. Don't miss a moment of the battle for the World Rally Championship LIVE here on autosport.com.

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The two British aces were 10 seconds quicker than anyone else, showing that experience counts for a lot in the Welsh forests. It also helped that they had reasonable light before darkness fell.

McRae now has a 3.2sec lead over Gronholm, and the gap back to Burns - who must win the event to stand any chance of being World Champion - is 51.5secs. The Subaru driver is recovering positions having lost 1m06secs with suspension damage on the first stage of the day.

You can follow the battle between Marcus Gronholm and Richard Burns for the World Rally Championship live here on autosport.com. with times coming in from each stage as the cars cross the line, which automatically update the leaderboard.

To see the stage schedule click here. (NOTE: All times are in GMT)

To see current championship standings click here.

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