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NEWS FLASH: Disaster for Ford!

The penultimate stage of the Rally New Zealand is turning into a nightmare for Ford after Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Francois Duval all ran into problems.

Hirvonen's woes are the most significant after suffering a puncture towards the end of the stage, a problem that would prompt him into a spin to lose further precious seconds. In all, Hirvonen has lost 57.1secs to new leader Loeb, while the Finn has also dropped behind Dani Sordo now too.

Earlier in the stage Latvala was forced to retire when he struck a rock and damaged the underside of his car. To complete an astonishingly bad stage for Ford so close to the finish, Duval has also stopped after apparently crashing off.

Just one more stage remains, with Loeb leading Sordo and Hirvonen now, while Petter Solberg has leapt up to fourth with Urmo Aava fifth.

Meanwhile, Per-Gunnar Andersson and Conrad Rautenbach have also lost time.

Full report to follow after following stage


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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

August 31, 2008 2:06 AM

Wow, talk about bad luck for Ford, I cant believe this, who said this years WRC was boring ???? It looks like a bad time for Ford with one stage left to run. I cant believe this, who ever supports which ever team, I think everyone would agree this is a shame after such a seemigly exciting battle that Ford should suffer such bad luck, even the great Seb admitted that he couldn`t catch Mikko and all he could do is to try and catch Jari Matti, Its such a shame, I think the whole Ford team was pulling together to try for a blue oval result.......

Boo - Unregistered

August 31, 2008 2:09 AM

Wow! Rough luck. Least Hirvonen is still running. On a side note, Suzuki are heading for their best ever result with 6th and 7th though.



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