WRC » Australia - day 3: Hirvonen inherits win, Loeb penalised


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Beszti - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 6:26 PM

Justice? Each six Ford driver got six minutes 2 years ago. Today Loeb only got 1 - to kept his title chances alive??? FIA's judgment is totally incorrect!

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 8:21 PM

I agree that 1 minute is not fair in comparison to Ford glass penalty.

I think Citroen are very lucky to still be leading the title hunt considering whats been unearthed today.

All things considered though I dont think the stewards wanted to wreck all the attention the WRC is getting right now.

This just makes it more interesting, Sebastien can still win. If he wins in Spain, Danni is 2nd, all Seb has to do is win GB and he is Champion.

Im sure the stewards took all this into account before they handed out the panalties.

If Citroen were banned and stripped of their points the WRC would die overnight.

Maybe its not fair, but its in the interest or the sports future this way

MT Motorsport - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 11:17 PM

Firstly, It wasn't Citroen that penalised Ford for the windows in '06. The one minute penalty was handed out because there was no performance advantage gained from the link bar. The penalty was handed out due to a difference from the original homologation photo. Now i would also say there was probably no performance advantage from lighter windows in the Fords in '06, but at least in rallying, even those at the very top will get some sort of punishment if rules are broken. This is not always the case in other forms of motorsport, even the local clubman events where some are given more leeway than other when it comes to the rules. Good call by the stewards I say.

Carglass - Unregistered

September 07, 2009 7:39 AM

The parts fitted were not illegal just not homolagated. The Ford windows were an attempt to save weight so would have given a performance advantage in either speed or fuel economy. Either way if the car is wrong you should be disqualified from the event.

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