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Loeb still leads in Turkey

18 April 2010

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has maintained his lead on the Rally of Turkey this morning, although only one of the three scheduled tests actually ran.

Organisers had to cancel SS18 and SS19 on safety grounds following heavy overnight rain. That left just SS20, the 19.22 km Ballica test, before service G and Loeb was quickest, 0.3 seconds up on Petter Solberg, who remains second and 'best of the rest'.

Mikko Hirvonen meanwhile had a bad test in his Ford Focus and picked up a rear left puncture after hitting a rock. That incident cost him more than 30 seconds and dropped him down to fourth, 35.3 seconds behind Dani Sordo.

There were no other changes to the top eight, with early leader Sebastien Ogier still fifth for the Citroen Junior Team after a tyre blow out on day two, followed by his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, Federico Villagra and Stobart Ford's Matt Wilson.

Dennis Kuipers is ninth, after Mitsubishi Evo runner Ott Tanak crashed, while Jari-Matti Latvala made up more time and rounds out the points' scorers in tenth, with JWRC class leader, Aaron Burkart eleventh.


Overall standings after Stage 20 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2hour 29mins 14.0secs M
2. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 16.5secs A8
3. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 30.3secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +01mins 05.6secs M
5. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +03mins 21.7secs M
6. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +05mins 00.0secs M
7. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +05mins 39.2secs M
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +06mins 41.4secs M
9. Dennis Kuipers Ford Fiesta S2000 +18mins 45.2secs N4
10. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +19mins 19.3secs M

Other:

25. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +51mins 02.9secs M*
26. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC +54mins 24.9secs A8*


JWRC Standings after Stage 20 (Top 3):

1. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 2hours 49mins 46.1secs J
2. Alessandro Broccoli Renault Clio R3 +04mins 30.9secs J
3. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio R3 +10mins 58.5secs 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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