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Ogier increases Rally of Turkey lead

17 April 2010

Citroen Junior Team man Sebastien Ogier managed to almost double his overnight lead this morning on day two of the Rally of Turkey.

Ogier finished the opening leg with a 5.5 second advantage and following the opening loop he now lies 10.9 seconds up on Petter Solberg.

The Frenchman had a good morning and while was 'only' fifth in SS11 and fourth in SS13, he was second best in SS10 and quickest through SS12 to maintain his position at the head of the pack.

Solberg meanwhile was the big mover, setting the pace in SS10 and SS13 in his privately entered Citroen C4 WRC, and gaining two places as a result.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi #1 Mikko Hirvonen stays third, although only 3.7 seconds off Petter, while record-breaking WRC man Sebastien Loeb now lies fourth, 0.4 seconds further back.

"It was a tough morning because the mixed surfaces meant the rhythm changed frequently," Hirvonen said. "There were many rocks in the road in the last two stages and speeds were so high there was no time to react and drive around them.

"Organisers have scraped the road since the recce and some bends have changed as gravel has piled up on the inside. So it's difficult to have complete trust in my pace notes."

Further down the order, Dani Sordo has struggled somewhat today and slipped from second to fifth, 15.2 seconds off the lead. He was only fifth and sixth quickest in the first two stages, before recovering somewhat and going third in both Bozhane and Riva.

2007 F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is up to sixth having got ahead of Munchi's Ford man Federico Villagra in the opening test. Gocbeyli 1 proved to be a significant one, as Jari-Matti Latvala hit a bank and rolled his Focus RS WRC car. He had been in P6 and while he managed to continue he has dropped down the order and is currently 17th.

"The first corners were slippery so I was cautious. Then we came to a long, fast right bend over a crest, which was flat out in my pace notes. It tightened and the car started to slide. The rear left hit a bank and the impact pulled the front into a ditch and we rolled," Latvala explained.

"The car ended on its roof and we couldn't open the doors to climb out. Spectators helped us out and pushed the car onto its wheels. My pace notes were too optimistic for the bend," he added.

Of the rest, Britain's Matthew Wilson completes the top eight, 19.8 seconds behind Villagra, while Ott Tanak and Dennis Kuipers come in ninth and tenth, the latter 38.8 seconds up on JWRC class leader, Aaron Burkart. Burkart now heads the class comfortably after his closest rival, Thierry Neuville had transmission problems in SS10.

Day two now continues at 15.06 hours local time with all four of this morning's stages due to be repeated.


Overall standings after Stage 13 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 1hour 37mins 50.0secs M
2. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 10.9secs A8
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 14.6secs M
4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 15.0secs M
5. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 15.2secs M
6. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +03mins 19.6secs M
7. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +03mins 32.8secs M
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +03mins 52.6secs M
9. Ott Tanak Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +09mins 56.6secs N4
10. Dennis Kuipers Ford Fiesta S2000 +12mins 02.7secs N4

Other:

17. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +18mins 52.9secs M
30. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC +47mins 51.8secs A8
31. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +49mins 55.1secs M


JWRC Standings after Stage 13 (Top 3):

1. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 1 hour 50mins 31.5secs J
2. Alessandro Broccoli Renault Clio R3 +03mins 14.5secs J
3. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio R3 +03mins 14.8secs J


Notable retirements:

SS1. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC Broken steering M*
SS1. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC Broken steering A8*

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally.


all times unofficial


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