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Latvala tops Sardinia qualifying
18 October 2012
Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala was fastest this morning in the qualifying stage for Rally Italia Sardegna.
Latvala completed the 3.75 kilometre Telti test in 2 minutes 26.4 seconds, which put him 1.024 seconds up on his team-mate, Petter Solberg, who was 'best of the rest' in the sister works Fiesta RS WRC car.
Latvala will now get first choice of start position for today's opening two stages.
Sebastien Loeb meanwhile was third quickest for Citroen, 1.307 seconds off the pace, while Evgeny Novikov came in fourth in his M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC, followed by Mikko Hirvonen, Ott Tanak and Mads Ostberg.
Chris Atkinson was eighth for the WRC MINI Team Portugal outfit ahead of Martin Prokop and Thierry Neuville.
Paulo Nobre failed to set a time after crashing out in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC car. It has yet to be confirmed if he will be able to start.
Drivers will now select their start positions in a few hours time.
Rally Italia Sardegna then gets underway with two runs through the 28.14 km Terranova test, with the first due to start at 16.13 hours local time (15.13 hours UK time). SS2 is scheduled to start at 18.16 hours local time (17.16 hours UK time).Rally Italia Sardegna: Qualifying stage:
1. Jari-Matti Latvala
Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2m 26.4s
2. Petter Solberg
Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +1.024s
3. Sebastien Loeb
Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +1.307
4. Evgeny Novikov
M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +1.516s
5. Mikko Hirvonen
Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +1.606s
6. Ott Tanak
M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +1.989s
7. Mads Ostberg
Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +2.250s
8. Chris Atkinson
Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +2.777s
9. Martin Prokop
Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5.706s
10. Thierry Neuville
Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +7.247s
WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC No time - crashedall times unofficial