SS1 Pirongia (24.22km):

Latvala fastest through SS1; Hirvonen second; Loeb third despite almost coming off the road in the latter part of the stage; Sordo fourth; Atkinson fifth; Henning Solberg loses more than three minutes with mechanical problems; Nutahara heads the PWRC category as championship leader Aigner picks up two punctures.

Stage times and overall standings after SS1.

Top ten stage times for SS1:

1. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 17min 08.1secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 01.2secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 5.1secs M
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 08.6secs M
5. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 18.3secs M
6. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 23.5secs MT
7. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 26.3secs A8
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 30.4secs A8
9. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 39.0secs M
10. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 39.2secs M

Overall times after SS1:

1. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 17min 08.1secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 01.2secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 5.1secs M
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 08.6secs M
5. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 18.3secs M
6. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 23.5secs MT
7. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 26.3secs A8
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 30.4secs M
9. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 39.0secs M
10. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 39.2secs M
11. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 52.0secs M
12. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 +01mins 04.8secs P
12= Richard Mason Subaru Impreza WRX STi +01mins 04.8secs
14. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 06.5secs P
15. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +01mins 11.6secs A8
16. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 11.6secs P
17. Chris West Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 12.3secs P
18. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 12.7secs P
19. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +01mins 14.8secs P
20. Evgeniy Vertunov Subaru Impreza WRX STi +01mins 16.6secs P

Overall PWRC after SS1:

1. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 18mins 12.9secs P
2. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 01.7secs P
3. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 06.8secs P

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
PWRC - denotes Production WRC entry.

all times unofficial

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