WRC » Mikko DSQ'd, Ostberg wins - Citroen to appeal


Mikko Hirvonen has been excluded from the results of the Rally de Portugal after stewards found irregularities with his Citroen DS3 WRC, handing victory to Mads Ostberg.

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Who Cares - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 8:15 AM

Very sad :( Mikko robbed of a deserved win, Citroen's image tarnished. That turbo thing seems more worrying than the clutch cover: if Citroen found a way to get a larger turbo than their competitors, it's really cheating.

MeymacTony - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 8:24 AM

How is it that a team of this size can make such errors? Surely the engine / gearbox builders should have queried the parts in the first place or are they just fitters?

ROBERT IN RUSSIA - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 8:45 AM

Rules is rules. Not the first time the Froggies have bent them out of shape. Sorry for Mikko - not his fault - for me they should leave drivers points but disallow manufacturers points - that the job done. If they do it again then driver and manufacturers lose points. I agree the clutch is heavier than the homog one BUT it was also very much stronger which in those condition IS an advantage

DafyddLarcombe

April 02, 2012 10:56 AM
Last Edited 910 days ago

First of all, I have to say that Im very Shocked. Im sorry but I believe the Clutch whilst heavier was an advantage in those conditions as it was stronger, probably the real reason why they used it. Not sure about the Turbo thing, but for sure Citroens will be looked at very closely in future Rallies

Its actually a shame for the Sport but this is a very Big Business and the teams work very hard to find advantages and I suppose they thought that the Post event scrutineers would not go as far as removing the clutch cover to inspect the Clutch, they should of changed back to the original one at the last service

Good for Mads though and Ford in General, the first time a Privateer has won since Loebs string of victories in 2007 when Citroen were supposed to withdraw from the WRC but only did it officially

guyfos - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 11:47 AM

Funny i didn't seem to remember Citroen making a big deal and jumping to Fords aid when they were disqualified for there windows being 100g too light a few years back.

Serves Citroen right. Hateful team. Very good drivers though.

runnah - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 1:00 PM

I would hope that it was all an "Oops" moment rather than outright cheating. I'd be interested to see what was in Loeb's car before he crashed it.

Great news for Petter in the title hunt.

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