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Solberg brothers tie for top spot in shakedown.

Petter Solberg and his brother Henning were equal quickest in the shakedown for the Neste Oil Rally Finland on Thursday, the ninth round in the 2008 World Rally Championship and the first event following the summer break.

Petter and Henning both completed the short 3.76 kilometre test, 6 kilometres north of the service park, in 2 minutes 3.6 seconds, the former opting for five runs in his Impreza WRC2008, while Henning took his Focus RS WRC07 through the test one more time.

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb meanwhile was next up, 0.6 seconds slower in his C4 WRC, setting the same time as Gigi Galli.

Suzuki's Toni Gardemeister and Andreas Mikkelsen rounded out the top six, both with a quickest time of 2 minutes 4.7 seconds, while Chris Atkinson and Jari-Matti Latvala were seventh and eighth.

Urmo Aava and Matthew Wilson completed the top ten, with current championship leader and pre-event favourite Mikko Hirvonen eleventh.

Suzuki's Per-Gunnar Andersson was the only runner to have problems and engine issues with the 'B-spec' SX4 WRC meant he ended proceedings in 16th - 3.9 seconds slower than the sister car.

The Rally Finland now continues later on today, with the first run through the short 2.06 kilometre Killeri SSS. The action then starts 'proper' on Friday, with ten stages on the bill.


Leading shakedown times:

1. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 2mins 03.6secs M
= Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 03.6secs MT
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 04.2secs M
= Gigi Galli Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 04.2secs MT
5. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC 2mins 04.7secs M
= Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC06 2mins 04.7secs A8
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 2mins 04.9secs M
8. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 07 2mins 05.0secs M
9. Urmo Aava Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC 2mins 05.2secs M
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 05.6secs A8
11. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 07 2mins 05.8secs M
12. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 06.2ecs M
= Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC 2mins 06.2secs A8
14. Barry Clark Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 07.4secs MT
15. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 2mins 08.5secs MT
16. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC 2mins 08.6secs M
17. Matti Rantanen Ford Focus RS WRC 06 2mins 09.1secs A8
18. Khalid Al-Qassmi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 07 2mins 11.2secs A8
19. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC 2mins 11.4secs A8


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Petter Solberg (NOR), Subaru Impreza WRC 2008, Subaru World Rally Team
Henning Solberg (n) Ford Focus rs Wrc Munchi`s Ford WRT
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Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
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Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Eric Camilli (FRA) Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Simon Evans (AUS) Ben Searcy (AUS) Subaru Impreza WRX
Eric Camilli (FRA) Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
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Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC

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