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STOP PRESS: Loeb wins, final two tests canned

19 January 2013

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has won Rallye Monte Carlo after the final two stages were cancelled on safety grounds.

Loeb, who took the lead in the second stage on Wednesday, ends the event, the opening round in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship, 1 minute 39.9 seconds up on his closest rival, Volkswagen Motorsport's Sebastien Ogier.

Dani Sordo completes the podium, followed by fellow Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT man Mikko Hirvonen. Behind, Bryan Bouffier takes a strong fifth in his privately entered DS3 WRC with Qatar M-Sport WRT leader, Mads Ostberg sixth. Martin Prokop, Sepp Weigand, Olivier Burri and Michal Kosciousko complete the top ten.

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Rallye Monte Carlo: Overall standings after Stage 16 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC 5h 18m 57.2s M
2. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +1m 39.9s M
3. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +3m 49.0s T
4. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +5m 26.3s M
5. Bryan Bouffier Citroen DS3 WRC +8m 13.1s
6. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +12m 03.7s M
7. Martin Prokop Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +23m 27.3s
8. Sepp Weigand Skoda Fabia S2000 +29m 34.5s WRC2
9. Olivier Burri Peugeot 207 S2000 +35m 38.4s P
10. Michal Kosciousko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +36m 28.0s T

Others

11. Armin Kremer Subaru Impreza +38m 00.3 WRC2
12. Yuriy Protasov Subaru Impreza +40m 55.8s WRC2
13. Sebastien Chardonnet Citroen DS3 R3T +45m 31.0s WRC3
14. Eamonn Boland Subaru Impreza R4 +49m 40.1s P


Rallye Monte Carlo: Power Stage / SS18 (Top 3):

Stage cancelled, so no Power Stage points will be awarded.

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


WRC2 standings after Stage 16 (Top 3):

1. Sepp Weigand Skoda Fabia S2000 5h 44m 22.4s WRC2
2. Armin Kremer Subaru Impreza +6m 34.2s WRC2
3. Yuriy Protasov Subaru Impreza +10m 39.5s WRC2


WRC3 standings after Stage 16:

1. Sebastien Chardonnet Citroen DS3 R3T 5h 38m 57.4s WRC3


Notable retirements:

SS4. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off T
SS9. Renaud Poutot Citroen DS3 R3T Mechanical WRC3
SS10. Julien Marin Ford Fiesta RS WRC Accident
SS14. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off M
SS14. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC Went off M
SS14. Juho Hanninen Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off T

all times unofficial


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