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STOP PRESS: Hirvonen wins Rally Australia

11 September 2011


Mikko Hirvonen headed home a Ford 1-2 in Australia today to end Citroen's run of eight successive wins and to give the M-Sport-run outfit a well needed boost.

Hirvonen took the lead on the penultimate stage when Jari-Matti Latvala slowed and relinquished the position, so that his team-mate and fellow countryman, who is still in with an outside chance of beating Sebastien Loeb in the 2011 WRC drivers' championship, took the maximum 25 points. Mikko now lies 15 points off the Frenchman, who had a miserable event after rolling on day 1.

Loeb eventually fought back under the SupeRally and took tenth, moving up into the final points paying position in SS25, when Citroen ordered the sister car of Sebastien Ogier to drop back.

Loeb also further minimised the damage by winning the Power Stage and taking all three bonus points. Latvala was second in the Power stage and Petter Solberg third.

Solberg also finished third on the overall leaderboard in his privately entered Citroen DS4 WRC, 30.1 seconds off P2.

Behind, Matthew Wilson got his best result of the season and was fourth for the M-Sport Stobart Ford team, albeit 8 minutes adrift of Petter. Khalid Al-Qassimi was fifth in another Fiesta RS WRC, while Haydon Paddon completed the top six, taking his fourth Production WRC win in succession and securing the 2011 PWRC title.

Michal Kosciuszko, Oleksandr Saliuk and Benito Guerra held positions 7 through to 9 - and they also ended up second, third and fourth in the PWRC. Kosciuszko finished the event 1 minute 32 seconds off Paddon.


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Rally Australia: Overall standings after Stage 26 (Top 10):

1. Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC 3hours 35mins 59.0secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 14.7secs M
3. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC +00mins 44.8secs M
4. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +08mins 45.2secs M
5. Khalid Al-Qassimi Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +12mins 33.3secs M
6. Hayden Paddon Subaru Impreza WRX STi +17mins 29.3secs P
7. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +19mins 01.3secs P
8. Oleksandr Saliuk Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +21mins 08.5secs P
9. Benito Guerra Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +22mins 48.9secs P
10. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +30mins 02.9secs M

Others:

11. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +30mins 19.4secs M
12. Valeriy Gorban Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +30mins 22.1secs P
13. Peter van Merksteijn Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC +32mins 21.0secs M
14. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +32mins 23.7secs
19. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +42mins 01.9secs M


Rally Australia: Power Stage / SS26 (Top 3):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2mins 18.1secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 01.2secs M
3. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC +00mins 01.3secs M

NOTE: Top three finishers in Power Stage are awarded bonus points. 1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point


PWRC standings after Stage 26 - Top 3:

1. Hayden Paddon Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3hours 53mins 28.3secs P
2. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +01mins 32.0secs P
3. Oleksandr Saliuk Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +03mins 39.2secs P


Notable retirements:

SS3. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Off the road M*
SS4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Rolled M*
SS6. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Hit a tree M*
SS6. Daniel Oliviera Brazil WRT MINI John Cooper Works Radiator M*
SS7. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC Hit a rock M*
SS7. Peter van Merksteijn Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC Punctures M*

SS15. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC Electrical problem*

SS22. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rolled M
SS22. Daniel Oliviera Brazil WRT MINI John Cooper Works Off the road M

* denotes re-started under SupeRally


all times unofficial


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