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Loeb to run 14th on opening day in Spain

8 November 2012


Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has decided to start 14th in the order on the opening day of Rally de Espana.

Loeb got first pick of position after topping the times this morning in the qualifying stage. The Frenchman opted to run as far back as possible so as to avoid having to 'swept the road', as most of the stages on the opening day are on gravel, with the exception of the long 44.02 km Terra Alta test, which is a mixed surface stage.

Evgeny Novikov, who was second quickest in the QS, followed Loeb's lead, and will run 13th in the order, with Mikko Hirvonen 12th and the Fords of Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg 11th and 10th.

Chris Atkinson will run first in his WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC car.



Rally de Espana: Day 1 (Friday) running order:

1. Chris Atkinson WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC
2. Daniel Oliveira Brazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC M
3. Jarkko Nikara Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC
4. Han Weijs Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC M
5. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC
6. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
7. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
8. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC
9. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT Citroen DS3 WRC
10. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
11. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
12. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
13. Evgeny Novikov Ford Fiesta RS WRC
14. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M

15. Abdulaziz Alkuwari Seashore Qatar WRT MINI John Cooper Works WRC#
16. John Powell M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M#
17. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC#

# denotes start position determined by Clerk of Course on safety grounds due to lack of experience


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