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Petter Solberg tops Sardinia shakedown

5 May 2011

Petter Solberg set the pace on shakedown for the latest round of the World Rally Championship season in Italy.

The Norwegian powered his Citroen DS3 WRC through the 2.06km shakedown test in a time of 1min 45.4secs – putting him more than half a second clear of the Ford of Jari-Matti Latvala.

“I'm aiming to win because I need the points,” Solberg said. “I feel much more confident in the car after a good test on medium rough gravel before the rally. I didn't make any big changes, it's just the details but I'm feeling good.”

Mads Ostberg was third quickest ahead of Sebastien Ogier, who goes into the event chasing his third successive victory this weekend, while Henning Solberg and Dani Sordo rounded out the top six – the latter in the first of the Mini John Coooper Works cars debuting in the series this weekend.

“At the moment we don't know how the car will be, but this is the first time for all of us together on a rally and so we just have to wait and see what happens,” he said afterwards.

Mikko Hirvonen, Sebastien Loeb, Federico Villagra and PG Andersson completed the top ten.

Rally Italy Shakedown Times:

1. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC 1min 45.4secs
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC 1min 46.1secs
3. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1min 46.2secs
4. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 1min 48.0secs
5. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1min 48.1secs
6. Dani Sordo Mini WRC Team John Cooper Works 1min 48.7secs
7. Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC 1min 48.9secs
8. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 1min 49.0secs
9. Federico Villagra Munchis Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1min 49.0secs
10. PG Andersson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1min 49.6secs

Other:

11. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1min 49.8secs
12. Kris Meeke Mini WRC Team John Cooper Works 1min 50.2secs
13. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1min 52.2secs
14. Khalid Al-QassimiTeam Abu Dhabi Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1min 52.9secs
15. Dennis Kuipers FERM Ford Fiesta RS WRC 1min 53.7secs
16. Armindo Araujo Motorsport Italia Mini John Cooper Works 1min 57.6secs
17. Daniel Oliveira Brazil WRT Mini John Cooper Works 1min 57.6secs
18. Peter van Merksteijn Sr Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC 1min 58.1secs
19. Peter van Merksteijn Jr Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC 1min 58.6secs


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