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Loeb best in Turkey shakedown

15 April 2010

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb topped the times this morning in the shakedown for the Rally of Turkey, the fourth round in the 2010 World Rally Championship.

Loeb completed the 4.75 kilometre test stage in Kadilli in 2 minutes 30.8 seconds, 0.3 seconds up on his team-mate, Dani Sordo. Mikko Hirvonen was third for the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT, 0.6 seconds further back.

Henning Solberg meanwhile came in fourth, while Sebastien Ogier and Petter Solberg tied for fifth, ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala and 2007 F1 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen.

The Rally of Turkey now begins 'proper' on Friday, with SS1, the 15.66 kilometre Darlik 1 test, starting at 09.03 hours local time. Day 1 includes nine stages in total, covering just under 100 competitive kilometres. The ceremonial start is tonight at 17.30 in Sultanahmet Square.



Leading shakedown times:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 30.8secs M
2. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 31.1secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 2mins 31.7secs M
4. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 2mins 32.2secs M
5. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 2mins 32.5secs M
= Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC 2mins 32.5secs A8
7. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 2mins 33.1secs M
= Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 2mins 33.1secs M
9. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 2mins 33.7secs M
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 2mins 35.2secs M
11. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC 2mins 38.5secs A8


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