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STOP PRESS: Loeb wins in Spain

11 November 2012

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has won Rally de Espana to sign-off his full-time WRC career with his 76th victory.

Loeb took top spot in the second stage on Saturday, when day one leader Mads Ostberg lost time with an off and slipped back. The Frenchman then proceeded to pull out a gap over Jari-Matti Latvala, finishing the second leg with a 27 second cushion. He eventually triumphed by 7 seconds.

Latvala meanwhile took the runners-up spot to give Ford the 'silver' medal on its final official outing in the WRC. He also won the Power Stage too.

Behind, Mikko Hirvonen was third, ahead of Mads Ostberg and Jarkko Nikara. Craig Breen, Chris Atkinson, Per-Gunnar Andersson, Dani Sordo and Evegny Novikov rounded out the top ten.

In the support categories, Breen took the SWRC win and with it the 2012 SWRC title, while similarly Benito Guerra won the PWRC class and claimed the Production title.

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Rally de Espana: Overall standings after Stage 18 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 4hours 14mins 29.1secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 07.0secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +01mins 46.8secs M
4. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 56.4secs M
5. Jarkko Nikara Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +16mins 07.9secs
6. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +18mins 10.4secs S
7. Chris Atkinson WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +19mins 14.7secs
8. P-G Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 +20mins 16.1secs S
9. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +25mins 40.6secs
10. Evgeny Novikov Ford Fiesta RS WRC +25mins 46.6secs

Others

11. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +26mins 05.6secs M
12. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +26mins 23.7secs
13. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +26mins 49.4secs
14. Abdulaziz Alkuwari Seashore Qatar WRT MINI John Cooper Works WRC +30mins 36.8secs


Rally de Espana: Power Stage / SS17 (Top 3):

1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 15mins 43.5secs M
2. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +00mins 02.4secs
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 10.7secs M

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


SWRC standings after Stage 18 (Top 3):

1. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 4hours 32mins 39.5secs S
2. P-G Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 +02mins 05.6secs S
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta S2000 +12mins 34.1secs S


PWRC standings after Stage 18 (Top 3):

1. Benito Guerra Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 4hours 47mins 54.5secs P
2. Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza WRX STi +05mins 36.3secs P
3. Subhan Aksa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +09mins 15.7secs P


WRC Academy standings after Stage 12 (Top 3)#:

1. Jose Suarez Ford Fiesta R2 3hours 46mins 51.0secs A
2. Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2 +01mins 19.7secs A
3. Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2 +03mins 22.3secs A

# WRC Academy event ended after SS12


Notable retirements:

SS2. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Hit a rock M*
SS2. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT Citroen DS3 WRC Hit a rock*
SS2. Andreas Mikkelsen VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 Hit a rock*
SS2/3. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC Crashed*
SS3. Daniel Oliveira Brazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off M*
SS3. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC Went off*
SS3/4. John Powell M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Unwell M
SS4. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Accident*
SS5. Evgeny Novikov Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off*
SS5. Chris Atkinson WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Mechanical*
SS5/6. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 Stopped on road section

SS7/8. John Powell M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Ear infection M
SS9. Maciej Oleksowicz Ford Fiesta S2000 Mechanical S
SS10. Fredrik Ahlin Ford Fiesta R2 Mechanical A

SS13. Josep Membrado Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Mechanical P
SS15. Han Weijs Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC Rolled M
SS16. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road M
SS17. Albert Llovera Fiat Grande Punto S2000 Mechanical S

*denotes re-started under Rally 2


all times unofficial


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