Fourth World Rally Championship victory of the season
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Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen will take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third day of Rally de Portugal
Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen holds the lead at the end of the second day of Rally de Portugal and following the cancellation of the repeat loop he will now take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third leg.
His seventh win in Spain and his fifth of the season
Sebastien Loeb has won RallyRACC-Rally de Espana to edge clear of Mikko Hirvonen in the race for the 2011 World Rally Championship crown. Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Loeb maintained his overnight advantage for his seventh win in Spain and his fifth of the season alongside co-driver Daniel Elena.
Wrc.com stage summary – Stage data: SS15, Ibarrrilla 2 (29.90 kilometres)
By 2010 Rally Mexico winning co-driver Daniel Elena: “This stage is the longest of the rally. It’s a technical stage with changing of rhythm. It’s an interesting stage because some parts are narrow and slow and after it is very, very fast. It’s a good, good stage but again you have the problem if you are first on the road because you are cleaning the road and it really is not easy and the others are trying to push.”
Sebastien Ogier rolled his Citroen C4 WRC car in the first test of the day
Citroen’s Sebastien Ogier has crashed out of the Wales Rally GB in the opening stage this morning. Ogier went off the road near the end of the 14.78 kilometre Radnor Forest stage [SS8] rolling his Citroen C4 WRC car in the process. It has since been confirmed he will not be able to re-join tomorrow under the SupeRally.
Sebastien Ogier currently holds the runner-up spot on the World Rally Championship
But Petter Solberg is on a mission to take it from him on the final round of the year Former World Rally Champion and four-time winner of Rally Great Britain Petter Solberg has warned the Citroen Junior Team’s Sebastien Ogier to watch out for his runner-up spot on the World Rally Championship in Britain next month.
Three weeks after clinching this year’s drivers’ World Championship
Adding another victory to his record breaking tally, today’s win was the 61st at World Championship level for the Frenchman and his co-driver Daniel Elena. The pair led the rally from beginning to end, eventually finishing 35.3 seconds ahead of the man in second place, Citroen privateer Petter Solberg.
Could Rally Japan get any more exciting?
Absolutely not. The tens of thousands of fans on the stages south of Sapporo have been treated to one of the most entertaining days in the sport’s history. And it’s Petter Solberg who emerged as the day two hero – with a 3.7-second lead over Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen.
A flu-ridden Petter Solberg drove a near-perfect morning to open a 10-second lead on Rally Japan
The Citroen C4 WRC driver was unhappy with the set-up of his car through last night’s two Sapporo Dome stages, but he was quickest out of the blocks when the cars hit the dirt this morning. Fastest through the long stages – Iwanke and Sikot – he was third quickest on the morning’s final short test.
Where he would drive with number one status
Sebastien Ogier will go to Ford as team leader next season if he decides to leave Citroen, according to six-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb. The Frenchman believes Ogier would be well advised to leave Citroen and head for Ford, where he would drive with number one status.
Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb has increased his lead this morning on the Jordan Rally
Loeb now lies 37.8 seconds up on Jari-Matti Latvala with just four stages to go. Citroen number one driver Sebastien Loeb looks set to claim the victory in Jordan and his second of the year after increasing his advantage this morning.
S-WRC Friday wrap: Pons clear in front in Super 2000 battle
Jari-Matti Latvala leads after the second morning in Jordan, but Sebastien Loeb closes in Jari-Matti Latvala has retained his lead on Rally Jordan after the second morning, although the Finn’s role as road sweeper has allowed Sebastien Loeb to close to within five seconds of top spot.
Double podium gives the BP Ford Abu Dhabi squad
BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director Malcolm Wilson has heaped praise on his lead driver Mikko Hirvonen for a performance in Sweden he believes was his best ever. Hirvonen and his co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen started their 2010 WRC campaign by winning the opening round by 42.3sec from arch rival Sebastien Loeb. The win, Hirvonen’s 12th, moved Ford level with Lancia at the top of the all-time manufacturer wins table – on 74 WRC victories apiece.
Drivers’ Championship hopeful Mikko Hirvonen has denied he’s feeling the pressure
Ahead of the final, decisive round of the World Rally Championship in Wales next weekend, insisting instead that he can’t wait for the rally to start. The BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team leader will begin the Rally of Great Britain with a single point advantage over rival Sebastien Loeb, as the series readies itself for its closest finale since 2003.
Wilson has seen the tide turn in the last three events
BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director Malcolm Wilson has said that it is absolutely ‘crucial’ they win in Finland at the end of this month. Wilson has seen the tide turn in the last three events, and while Jari-Matti Latvala’s final stage error in Poland was a big blow, the ‘Blue Oval’ still looks very strong off the back of three victories in succession.