WRC » Ogier pips Latvala in thrilling Jordan finish!


In what was officially the closest finish in World Rally Championship history, S├ębastien Ogier reclaimed the lead on the very final stage of Rally Jordan this weekend to pip Jari-Matti Latvala to victory by just two tenths of a second...

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richard

April 16, 2011 8:41 PM

ogier took a gamble on leading the field, and it paid off. but it nearly ended belly up. the scintillating last stage showed his skill. surprised that loeb did not push as hard as usual, but plenty of time to catch up.
even matt was a little more on pace. and good to see kimi gaining in confidence.
latvala noe has assumed the role of ford team leader.

consuela - Unregistered

April 16, 2011 9:04 PM

Wonder if thhis shortened rally can be classified as an event.
Anyway, thumbs up for miniSeb, although i was on JML's side.
The champioship is shaping up nicely.
But Daddy Gro will always be the best:)

spiney - Unregistered

April 16, 2011 10:51 PM

That was one Brilliant Rally. Don't really care who won the enjoyment value was second to none. The 2011 regs are certainly working in favour of the fans and indeed the sport in general. Keep it up guy's

JukkaX

April 17, 2011 9:18 AM

Well, the fastest guy didn't win. Anybody noticed how J-M Latvala was 3.3s faster than M. Hirvonen (or anybody else) from the last split to the finish, on less than a 2km stretch?

JukkaX - Unregistered

April 17, 2011 2:13 PM

To all who disagreed: right after his win, Ogier said he was driving as fast as he possibly could in the afternoon stages, but couldn't do anything to stop Jari-Matti catching him.. J-M was 20s faster on the first three afternoon stages B-)

Stratos Fever - Unregistered

April 18, 2011 9:28 AM

Yeah, a great weekend of Motorsport, but sadly, just like New Zealand last year - reading the mainstream press/media, you' wouldn't know anything about the great battle for Rally Jordan.
Great drive by Ogier, who gambled and was prepared to lose in order to win. However, it shouldn't masl the fact we've had yet another dry, dusty gravel Rally, and 'go slow' tactics. Either get rid of them, or move them to another time of the year.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

April 18, 2011 11:06 AM

Well apart from the Logistical nightmare I thought the event was very exciting. Petter was Lucky not to destroy his car with his off

I was very suprised at Jari Matti on the last day, he showed great maturity and speed to reel in Ogier, even biting lumps out of his lead on repeat stages

I think this will give him the confidence to take the fight to Ogier for the Title this year and in future years. He was a Full 4 seconds down in the power stage and amazingly pulled almost all of it back by the finish when all the other drivers were Flat out themselves

This Guy has my 100% Admiration and Respect, He will keep WRC fans glued to their seats with his future Ogier Scraps

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