WRC » Latvala: Loeb got big benefit not running first

Birthday boy Jari-Matti Latvala celebrates in style with a 'mature' and 'sensible' drive to second place in Jordan, the third round in the 2010 World Rally Championship.

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Grant - Unregistered

April 06, 2010 9:25 AM
Last Edited 2133 days ago

I think you will find there is actually some debate over who did tactics first on the last leg - i.e. some question if Ogier really did have a problem before the first service on day three.

tuttifrutti - Unregistered

April 06, 2010 7:35 PM

When Citroen had a "mechanical problems" with Ogiers car, and got penalty for that, (which ment Ogier dropped behind Latvala at the start of the last day) Ford answered it with pulling Mikko infront of Jari-Matti. After that Citroen put Ogier infront of Loeb. Thats what happened... : :-o

sokudo - Unregistered

April 06, 2010 9:55 PM

very questionable tactics by citroen here. i was reading the autosport article on the rally and it mentioned, ogier would have to have a problem if it would work out for loeb. i knew straight away that ogier's car would mysteriously get a mechanical failure, and that's exactly what happened. these sorts of tactics get played all the time, but citroen went a bit too far imo this time

izani - Unregistered

April 08, 2010 3:27 PM

This is from WRC.COM
Things went from bad to worse on Saturday morning when Hirvonen checked in early to first service, to ensure that he would slot in between Ogier and Latvala in the running order. This could have handed Latvala the decisive advantage he needed, so Citroen had to go for the drastic solution of making sure that Loeb was no longer first on the road - which consisted of sacrificing Ogier.
The unfortunate Frenchman checked in eight minutes early to SS14 - the first stage on Saturday - dropping to eighth overall in the process. A last minute call to react to Ford's manoeuvring? Possibly. But in actual fact there was some degree of premeditation, as before Ford made their move with Hirvonen, Ogier had already checked out five minutes late from first service, due to a convenient electrical problem. This had dropped him behind Latvala, but the plan was subsequently scuppered by Hirvonen. So then, after what must have been a fairly sporty road section, it was onto plan B.

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